This 3-part article details the 12 routines that I consider a Windows Server
2008 user ought to know first to accelerate the learning and adoption of
Windows Server 2012 without the need of a touch device. For those IT
professionals who are working towards becoming private cloud experts, it is
imperative to master Windows Server 2012 which is an essential component in
establishing a private cloud. And the earlier those master Windows Server
2012 platform, the sooner those will be become leaders in the IT
transformation into private cloud computing. There is everything to gain to
start learning Windows Server 2012 now as opposed to later.
The content of this series is based on Windows Server 2012 Beta as of May,
2012. It is intended for those who are familiar with the administration of
Windows Server 2008 (or later) to become comfortable and productive with
Windows ... (more)
New and flexible ways to make changes of a Windows Server 2012 installation
after the fact are available. And IT pros can now convert a server from and
to Server Core, and change the availability of server components that are
previously committed at an installation time. This introduces new dynamics
and exciting scenarios for improving supportability, efficiency, and
security. This article highlights the three available installation options
and some key operations based on the Release Candidate, Build 8400. There is
additional information of Windows Server 2012 including: a free eBook,
available editions, and a reference table summarizing the available features
in each installation option available elsewhere.
This is the default and preferred configuration for deploying Windows Server
2012. Server Core was introduced in Windows Server 2008 as a minimal ... (more)
When virtualizing Active Directory Domain Controllers in the past, we've
needed to be very careful that we don't invoke any steps, such as applying
an old snapshot, that could possibly cause USN rollback to occur in the
state of a Domain Controller's replica of the AD database and risk AD
corruption. Beginning with Windows Server 2012, we've incorporated a new
VM-Generation-ID unique identifier as an additional attribute of a Domain
Controller's AD computer object as well as the VM container that is running
the virtualized DC instance. When a virtualized DC starts up, Windows
Server 2012 checks for a match between the VM-Generation-ID recorded on the
VM instance and the VM-Generation-ID recorded on the DC's computer object in
AD. If there's a mismatch, Windows Server knows that a possible
virtualization snapshot or imaging event has occurred and it dumps the
Hyper-V over Server Message Block (SMB) signifies a newly emerging trend of
cost reductions on storage hardware and a progressing standardization of
storage virtualization solutions. In Windows Server 2012, an SMB file share
can now store virtual machine (VM) and SQL Server resources in addition to
traditional end-user files like office documents. SMB protocol is a network
file sharing protocol allowing applications to read and write to files and
requesting services from server programs in a computer network. Windows
Server 2012 introduces the new 3.0 version of SMB protocol. A Windows Server
2012 Hyper-V host can employ SMB 3.0 file shares as shared storage for
storing virtual machine (VM) configuration files, VHDs, and snapshots.
Further, SMB file shares can also store user database files of a stand-alone
SQL Server 2008 R2. This is a significant feature and provi... (more)
In the past, managing and sharing NTFS folders could be a real ordeal –
there were different tools for managing NTFS permissions vs shared folders
and most IT Pros generally used these tools on a server-by-server basis from
each server’s console.
Server Manager to the rescue!
In Windows Server 2012, Server Manager provides a management facelift on top
of the disconnected process that we’ve used in the past for sharing folders
and setting NTFS permissions. In addition, Server Manager can easily manage
these folders on a local server or any remote servers that you’ve
previously added to the Server Manager dashboard.
NOTE: For details on using and customizing Server Manager for your servers
and network environment, check out this post on that topic.
Along with the new SMB 3.0 performance and availability features for shared
folders, Server Manager provides a powerful m... (more)
I'm sitting here at yet another user group meeting... perhaps you've seen me
at one or at TechWave, or perhaps you have seen pictures of me at them on
Facebook. I've got a laptop propped open where I'm usually working on some
pet sample code project. Next to it is my iPad in its case/stand with an
external keyboard where I'm taking notes on the event for my WordPress blog
and perhaps sending out Twitter updates. Next to that is my Android
smartphone so I can text message, go on Facebook, and take still photos of
the event. And somewhere in the general vicinity is the Panasonic Lumix
camera I'm using to record video of the event in case I need to refer to it
later to clarify some of the notes I'm taking on the iPad. Finally, if I'm
lucky, I've got a multi-outlet strip running to a nearby outlet so I can keep
all these devices powered up.
Sometime later I get back to... (more)
The Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) on Windows Server 2012 is
intended to certify individuals that have the primary set of Windows Server
skills that are relevant across multiple solution areas in a business
environment. This certification also serves as a prerequisite for earning
the Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE) on Server Infrastructure.
To achieve the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 credential, individuals must pass
the following three exams:
Exam 410: Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 Exam 411:
Administering Windows Server 2012 Exam 412: Configuring Advanced Windows
Server 2012 Services
As I previously blogged, the Beta for Exam 410 was released in June for
scheduling at Prometric testing sites in the US. As of today, the Betas for
Exams 411 and 412 are also now available! Note that the Beta Exams cost the
same amount as th... (more)
The new Microsoft certification exams for MCSA on Windows Server 2012 will be
released over the upcoming weeks and to help you prepare early for
certification on Windows Server 2012, we're launching a new "Early Experts"
peer study group that is available online for FREE. By joining and
participating in this study group, you'll gain access to a monthly set of
structured step-by-step study materials that align with the exam objectives
for each of the new certification exams for Windows Server 2012. Each
month, we'll be targeting a specific exam and a specific set of exam
objectives as our study targets. Each monthly study guide will be organized
into an online "Knowledge Quest" that ends with you receiving a special Early
Experts completion certificate!
Getting Started ...
This month (August through mid-September) we'll be targeting a review of the
overall exam... (more)
What is the Largest Single Cost Category in Your IT Hardware Budget?
If you're like most of the enterprise customer organizations that were
surveyed when we were designing Windows Server 2012, your answer is probably
the same as theirs: STORAGE! For the organizations we surveyed, we found that
as much as 60% of their annual hardware budgets were allocated to expensive
hardware SAN solutions due to ever-increasing storage requirements.
Wouldn't it be nice to have some of that budget back for other IT
projects? YES! We agree too ... that's why the server team included "Storage
Spaces" in Windows Server 2012!
Get Ready for "Storage Spaces"!
"Storage Spaces" is a new storage virtualization technology that's included
in Windows Server 2012 and our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 to provide SAN-like
storage capabilities and performance using commodity hardware components,
such as ... (more)
Want to reduce your patch maintenance requirements by 1/3rd or more?
Of course! Who wouldn't?
Well, Server Core in Windows Server 2012 reduces the disk footprint of the
operating system by approximately 4GB! When using the Server Core
installation option, the features related to the Server Graphical Shell (
ie., Explorer, Start Screen, and Internet Explorer ) and Graphical
Management Tools and Infrastructure are not installed - GUI features that
are usually not required on a dedicated server, because we tend to do most of
our IT management work from our admin workstations anyway, as a "best
practice". By not installing these features, we gain several advantages:
Less filling - particularly useful when virtualizing Windows Server 2012 ...
you can conceivably provision a whole lot more VM's on a Hyper-V host if each
VM requires ~ 4GB less disk space!
More uptime - Fe... (more)
Leaping forward and setting a new standard for hybrid cloud, the next
generation of enterprise computing, Windows Server 2012 is. While cloud
computing is emerging as a service delivery platform, newly introduced
capabilities and features make Windows Server 2012 not only a technology
transformation vehicle of enterprise IT, but a skill upgrade and a career
accelerator for IT professionals. Here, seven noticeable capabilities and
features highlight the significance and a terse learning roadmap of this
release. An evaluation copy of Windows Server 2012 in both ISO and VHD format
is available at http://aka.ms/8.
Installation Options & Features on Demand Storage Space and Thin Provisioning
Hyper-V over SMB Continuously Available File Share Hyper-V Replica Shared
Nothing Live Migration Hyper-V Network Virtualization