Below are the follow-up questions & answers from the Thursday, December 13, 2007, webcast “Windows Server 2008 Basic Administration using Server Manager” (http://www.msreadiness.com/CourseDetail.aspx?id=6739). 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 to a number of BOB Team documents.
Q: If you have a Windows Server 2003 machine do you recommend do an upgrade or a clean install of Windows Server 2008?
A: Both methods are available and supported, so the choice will depend on your specific requirements. As always, backup your data completely before doing either method.
Q: What are forwarded events?
A: Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista can forward events typically viewed in the Event Viewer to one or more machines for centralized management. Please see http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/better-together.mspx, particularly in the More Efficient Management section for more info on forwarded events.
Q: Can you get events from Windows Server 2003 R2 or just from Windows Server 2008?
A: Please see http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/f550cac0-5344-41cb-8e89-6e5c932368861033.mspx for information on new management features available with Windows Server 2003 R2.
Q: I tried to join my Windows Server 2008 RC1 box to a Windows SBS 2003 domain using the “ConnectComputer” wizard, which didn’t work. I was able to join manually through Server Manager, but will the wizard be updated?
A: I am not currently aware of when an update for the Connect Computer wizard will be made available, but based on a new version being released to support Windows Vista, I believe it is possible that we will see an update for Windows Server 2008 as well.
Q: Does Windows Server 2008 include a pre-configured, Windows SBS-like “server performance report” that can be emailed to network administrators on a daily basis?
A: Because Windows Server 2008 is targeted at a more general audience, there aren’t the same types of pre-configured functionality as with Windows Small Business Server. However, there is a wealth of new monitoring and reporting functionality in the Diagnostics node of the Server Manager console.
Q: Could you get events forwarded from servers on different domains via the internet?
A: Yes, because the mechanism is WinRM, which uses firewall-friendly protocols, that would be possible. For more information, please see http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/newswire/winrm.mspx.