Archive for March, 2008

GUI For Server Core!

March 31, 2008 2 comments
Server Core (no GUI, smaller footprint, smaller attack surface) is a great idea.  However, the thought of doing everything from command prompt scares some people.  Never fear, there is now a GUI for Server Core.  You can read about it and download it.
It allows you to do things like install roles & features, activate, configure screen resolution, set the time, set up users and groups, configure Windows Firewall, WinRM and configure networking …. jeez no need to learn NETSH after all! 
Credit: WLazara.
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LinkedIn User Group

March 28, 2008 2 comments
I’ve set up a group called "Windows Server 2008 User Group Ireland" on LinkedIn, the professional networking site.  You should be able to join it by clicking here.
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Longhorn Academy – TechNet Subscriptions

March 26, 2008 2 comments

One of the nice perks of being a regular attendee of the "Longhorn" Academy last year was that we were promised that we’d get a free TechNet subscription if we attended at least 7 of the 8 sessions.  I missed the first one (think I didn’t get an invite) but I made the last 7 – some of them barely!

I’d forgotten about the subscription because I already have one at home for some post-work projects that I’m working on.  I’d gotten some notifications from UPS about attempted deliveries so I got them to deliver to work instead.  I was hoping it was going to be a check for some of my work.

This morning this big ol’ box came in the door.  It was the TechNet subscription.  Holy DVD-library Batman!  It’s not even just the lower cost online account.  It’s a full media account!  Very cool.  Anyway, attending those sessions last year is really paying off.  We attendees got a great briefing and we’ve gotten ourselves a nice media kit to do evaluations and testing on.

I can’t promise media kits (sponsors are welcome, of course) but the Windows Server 2008 User Group (Ireland) will do it’s best to give you an education on what you can do with Windows Server 2008.  Our next event is scheduled for mid-May.  The speaker is lined up and I’m just waiting on confirmation of the venue.  Invites will be sent out straight away once everything is confirmed.

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Windows Server 2008 Launch Diary

March 24, 2008 2 comments
Aidan Finn has just written a diary of his experience or working at the Microsoft launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008.
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Vista SP1 Available To The Public

March 20, 2008 2 comments
SP1 for Windows Vista has been available via MSDN and TechNet for a while but it is now available to the general public for download.  It will be available via Windows Update next month.  There is an x86 and a x64 build of the service pack.
SP1 for Vista adds some functionality that you may have been hearing about.  It allows Vista to take advantage of many of the services offered by Windows Server 2008.  You will want to start checking it out in labs if considering Windows 2008.  There is a whitepaper called "Things to know before you download Vista SP1".
Note that problems have been found in the deployment of SP1.  They appear to be related to drivers that may or may not contain the best programming ever.  MS is trying to work with OEM’s to get driver updates out.  Again, OEM’s appear to have been hiding their heads in the sand and pretended that a very available MS beta program wasn’t in existence.
SP1 for Vista will bring the desktop OS up to the same code base as Windows Server 2008 – run Winver on the new Server and note that it is already running SP1!  SP3 for XP is in the works to bring it up to a similar (but obviously not the same) point.
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Windows Server 2008 in TechNet Magazine

March 20, 2008 2 comments

The latest issue of TechNet Magazine has hit the Internet and focuses squarely on Windows Server 2008.  Topics covered include:

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Hyper-V Release Candidate 0

March 19, 2008 2 comments

The first release candidate of Hyper-V for Windows Server 2008 has been released.  There is an x86 and an x64 build. 

Hyper-V is Microsoft’s hypervisor or "bare iron" virtualisation solution that is bundled with Windows Server 2008 versions.  There are licenses that don’t include Hyper-V – those will be around $28 cheaper.

There is no smooth upgrade process from beta to release candidate – as usual.  You’re looking at a rebuild.  John Howard has described the process on his blog.

Make sure you check out Dave Northey’s (Microsoft) sessions at IMTC – he’s going to be covering Microsoft’s virtualisation strategy and Hyper-V in two different sessions during day #3.

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