New white paper on the advantages of a Core Install of Windows Server 2008

Microsoft IT just published a new technical case study called “Enhancing Availability with a Server Core Installation of Windows Server 2008”. It talks about how they deployed this new install option, which removes applications and components typically associated with client installs, like Internet Explorer, Windows Explorer, Media Player and Windows Mail. They listed several benefits…

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SNW Demo: Windows Server 2008 Core, Hyper-V and Failover Clustering - with screenshots

I spent last week in Orlando, Florida, working at the Microsoft booth in the Storage Networking World. I delivered one of the demos there and my demo included the following technologies: Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003 iSCSI Software Target Windows Server 2008 Core Install Windows Server 2008 iSCSI Initiator Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Windows Server 2008…

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SNW Demo: Windows Server 2008 Core, Hyper-V and Failover Clustering

I will be working at the Microsoft booth in the Storage Networking World next week in Orlando, Florida. I will deliver one of the demos there and my demo includes the following technologies: Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003 iSCSI Software Target Windows Server 2008 Core Install Windows Server 2008 iSCSI Initiator Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Windows…

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Personalizing the Desktop on a Windows Server 2008 Server Core install

As mentioned in a previous blog post, a Server Core install of Windows Server 2008 does not include Explorer or the MMC. However, it does have a GUI for logon and the command prompt is typically showed in a windows with a graphical background. You also have a screen saver with a password prompt and…

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Comparing running processes in Windows Server 2008 in Full and Core installs

Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation is a minimal install of the upcoming Windows Server OS that can run specific roles (like DNS, Active Directory or File Server) with a much smaller footprint and attack surface. In a previous blog post I looked into overall image sizes for both and also discussed some of the…

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Comparing executable files in Windows Server 2008 in Full and Core installs

Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation is a minimal install of the upcoming Windows Server OS that can run specific roles (like DNS, Active Directory or File Server) with a much smaller footprint and attack surface. In a previous blog post I looked into overall image sizes for both and also discussed some of the…

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A Core install of Windows Server 2008 has no Explorer or MMC, but it's not character mode either

Everyone that is experimenting with Windows Server 2008 is excited about the Server Core installation, which is a minimal install of the Server that can run specific roles (like DNS, Active Directory or File Server) with a much smaller footprint and attack surface. A Core install is indeed much smaller than a Full install both…

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Changes in Windows Server 2008 Roles and Features from the Beta 3 to the June CTP

As mentioned in a previous blog post, one of the main highlights of Windows Server 2008 is Componentization. Replacing the old “Add/Remove Windows Components” is the new Server Manager, which manages installation and removal of Roles and Features (the new way components are grouped). I just installed a few virtual machines with the new June…

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Server Manager, roles and features in Windows Server 2008 Beta 3

One of the most important changes in Windows Server 2008 is improved componentization. This allows you to only install certain portions of the OS you specifically selected. These portions are grouped into roles, role services and features. To manage this, there is a completely new MMC-based tool called “Server Manager”. If you use Windows Server…

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