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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“Validate” in Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering is your friend

Windows Server 2008 greatly simplifies the installation, configuration and management of Failover Clusters. It’s hard to believe, but the process to create a cluster becomes a simple wizard where you need to enter only the names of the servers (nodes) in the cluster and the cluster name (if you don’t use DHCP, you’ll need to provide…

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Installing Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 on the Windows Server 2008 June CTP (includes command-line)

P.S.: WSS 3.0 will no longer be included in the box with Windows Server 2008, but as a separate download. The information in this post is no longer current. Check annoucement at http://blogs.msdn.com/sharepoint/archive/2007/10/29/wss-3-0-to-be-download-in-windows-server-2008.aspx Windows Server 2008 includes Windows SharePoint Server 3.0 and all its dependencies in the DVD. As documented on TechNet at http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/WSS/en/library/21e4cc2f-5f0e-4d49-98ed-4e1d1fc852e21033.mspx, explained in a previous…

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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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How low can Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 go?

Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 memory requirements, as published at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/sysreqs.mspx, state that you need a minimum of 512MB of RAM, it is recommended to use 1GB of RAM and the optimal amount of RAM is 2GB for a Full installation and 1GB for a Server Core installation. However, I imagined that would just make sense that Server…

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Windows Server 2008 Training for Microsoft MVPs

I will be starting an MVP-targeted course on Windows Server 2008 on August 1st. This is something Microsoft offers to the MVPs and I will be monitoring that class. If you’re interested in the MVP program, there are details at http://mvp.support.microsoft.com. The course uses Microsoft eLearning, plus discussions via private newsgroups for Q&A. We’re using…

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Experimenting with Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering in Beta 3

I just wanted to share my experience around the use of Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering. I worked on this basically for a demonstration and I ended up doing quite a lot of work around it. This was mainly because I like to build my demo systems from scratch as opposed to just downloading ready-made…

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