Q&A from Windows Server 2008 Technical Overview, Part 1 of 2 webcast

Below are the follow-up questions & answers from the Thursday, October 11, 2007, webcast “Windows Server 2008 Technical Overview, Part 1 of 2” (http://www.msreadiness.com/CourseDetail.aspx?id=6736).  To download the PowerPoint presentation, please visit BOB Wired at:  http://oem.microsoft.com/bobwired.  Look for BOB Decks: US System Builder Webcast Slide Decks to find a link with a username & password to access a number of BOB Team documents.


Q: Will PowerShell completely replace the command line (cmd.exe)?

A: No, the command line will still be available.


Q: Is Windows Deployment Services the same as Business Desktop Deployment 2007?

A: They are not the same, but they work together. BDD 2007 uses Windows Preinstallation Environment 2.0 and can also use Windows Deployment Services as well.


Q: Can the 32-bit version of Windows Server 2008 RC0 be installed as a virtual machine using Virtual Server 2005 R2 hosted on a Windows Server 2003 machine?

A: Yes, I am running both the full install as well as the Server Core install as virtual machines.


Q: How much of the IIS 7 error report does an anonymous Internet visitor see?

A: By default, detailed diagnostic error messages are not displayed to anonymous users—but this is configurable, e.g., in a test environment.


Q: Is there any added functionality with Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 in Windows Server 2008 that isn't available with the downloadable version of WSS 3.0?

A: No, it is the same version of WSS 3.0.


Q: Can you use PowerShell on Windows Server 2008 Server Core?

A: No, at this time PowerShell has dependencies that are not installed as part of Server Core.


Q: Will Windows Server 2008 support the FAST TCP congestion avoidance protocol?

A: Yes, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/platnetworking/default.mspx and http://www.microsoft.com/technet/community/columns/cableguy/cg1006.mspx.


Q: Are there any books available on IIS 7.0 yet?

A: Yes, there are several, both from MS Press and other publishers.


Q: When Windows Server 2008 releases, will you be able to perform all necessary functions through the GUI or will you need to use the command line and/or PowerShell to complete certain tasks?

A: All necessary functions will be available through the GUI.  However, for advanced scripting and automation tasks, PowerShell and the command line will be very powerful tools.


Q: Have there been any fundamental changes to Group Policy management and creation in Windows Server 2008?

A: There have been several enhancements made to Group Policy, please see http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/grouppolicy/default.aspx.


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