Apologies for not posting for a couple of weeks but I have been head down doing lots and lots of 2008 preparation for a series of gigs I have had coming up over this month and early next month.
Last Friday 23rd May I spent a great day @ Microsoft Ireland. This was partaking in a deep dive Operations Day on 2008 presented to our Premier Customers in Microsoft Ireland. My sessions were on;
- Windows 2008 Directory Services Real World Features
- Deep Dive on Read only Domain Controllers
I was pleased how my session went. The Audience were very good and asked some great questions. Plus the Demo gods were kind !
What was interesting about the day was the reaction to the Server core portion of my sessions and a Colleagues of mine Deep Dive Session on Server Core . I think we possibly have some work to go to encourage people to think of this as a benefit to their environment and we are not "taking away" features. However I do recognise not everyone has the command line background that some of us have from working on DOS or Unix. However the important thing to note is that the command line can be kept down to an absolute minimum and you can very quickly get up and running by managing Server Core remotely. Please find some great information on this below;
Andrew Mason Program Manager of Server Core has done some great Webcasts around this very subject.
Remember the core tenant of Server Core. It is designed to be a bare metal, bare headed minimalist installation option of Windows Server 2008. Used in a specific job role, out in perhaps an insecure Branch office environment. Thus by minimising its footprint and attack vector we are providing a low overhead higher security platform from which to choose what various roles you wish to install on it. See below for Slide Screenshot that I feel encapulates Server Core well.
By the way. If you are lucky enough to be going to Teched 2008 in Orlando Florida in a couple of weeks. Come and look for myself and Wayne Richards on the Ask the Experts stand and chat to us about Server Core and all other 2008 information. We will be happy to chat.