Windows Server “8” Beta Hyper-V Component Architecture Poster

Late last week, Microsoft released another high-quality poster.  This time for Hyper-V in Windows 8 (beta).

Hyper-V Component Architecture Poster

You can download this poster here.

If you’re interested in learning more on Hyper-V in Windows 8, click some of the links below.  This update to Hyper-V is my favorite part of Windows Server 8!



Security Flaw in Remote Desktop

3/16/2012 UPDATE:

Exploit code published for RDP worm hole


I don’t always post on Windows security updates, but when I do, it’s a Dos Equis near to my heart!  Do you use Remote Desktop?  Of course you do.  That’s why you need to install this update immediately:

MS12-020: Vulnerabilities in Remote Desktop could allow remote code execution

This is important for anyone running just about any version of Windows, but especially if you’ve got any machine exposing Remote Desktop directly to the internet (such as a Terminal Server).  Fortunately there is a mitigation for those who just cannot patch tonight: enable NLA for your Remote Desktop connections.RDP - Network Level Authentication

Read more here.

Hop to it!  Microsoft says not to wait for a normal patch-cycle on this one…

Service Pack 1 for Windows 2008 R2 Now Available for Download

Just a quick note to remind everyone that Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows 2008 R2 has just now become available for download on TechNet & MSDN.

If you don’t have a TechNet or MSDN subscription you should see it on the Microsoft Download sites next Tuesday. [EDIT: Here is the download Link]

Be sure to check with each product group before installing this.  Obviously it is supported with the OS itself (clustering, Hyper-V, RDS, etc) but you should seek a direct support statement like the one the Exchange group published.

You should also validate your 3rd party applications.  You’ll note there may be some issues with VMware, for example…

For more information such as release notes or articles on what’s new, visit this page:

Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1

Finally, here is a screenshot:

Version    6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601

Version    6.1.7601 Service Pack 1 Build 7601

Remote Desktop Services Component Architecture Poster

Remote Desktop Services (formally Terminal Services) has dramatically improved and matured starting with the Windows 2008 launch.  In many ways, it allows Citrix installations to be replaced by native Windows technologies.

You can read more here:

This week Microsoft released a very nice diagram/poster of the technology.  Check it out here: 


SBS “7” Preview

Looks like Microsoft has spoken the first words about the upcoming version of Small Business Server (SBS) 7!

Check out the details here:

View article…

  • Windows Small Business Server (SBS) “7” Preview: The next version of Windows Small Business Server will include a richer remote access experience, as well as updates to all of the component software in the suite to the latest versions (Windows Server 2008 R2, Exchange Server 2010 SP1, SharePoint 2010 Foundation, Windows Server Update Services 3.0 and SQL Server 2008 R2). As a result, small business customers will find significant security and management enhancements as well as much richer features for providing file-and-print, email and Internet services to employees. SBS 7 will support up to 75 users.
  • Windows Small Business Server (SBS) Code Name “Aurora” Preview: A new edition of Windows Small Business Server, Aurora is an affordable, easy to use “first server” option for small businesses that will be the company’s first to deliver both traditional and cloud capabilities. With SBS Aurora, customers will be able to better protect their business data through automated backup and restore capabilities, easily organize and access business information from almost anywhere and run a variety of business tools and software. SBS Aurora will support up to 25 users.

Screenshots for Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM In-Place Upgrade

One really cool benefit of being a MCT is that we get a subscription to TechNet Direct! This means I was able to get my RTM copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 earlier this afternoon!!

You can get a copy of the RTM bits yourself as a 180 trial, here.

I have a few machines that I run in my lab environment, and I figured I’d upgrade them to the latest OS so that I would have a head start for when my clients want to start installing it later this year. Many of you know the basics of installing an operating system, and I’m not going to lie – this isn’t much different than installing Server 2008, but I figured I’d document my progress and post it here for those who might benefit.

Because my lab already exists on Server 2008 SP2 Enterprise Edition x64 (you cannot upgrade from x86), I wanted to do an in-place upgrade, rather than a clean install. After doing the first machine, and gaining confidence, I moved on to the 2nd; which was my domain controller. Because I’m a little insane (& lazy), I wanted to try the upgrade via remote desktop. By golly it worked! I wouldn’t recommend this for, um, lots of reasons – but I can say it DOES work!

Before upgrading the Active Directory domain controller, I first browsed to the .\support\adprep folder and ran the following two commands:

adprep /forestprep

adprep /domainprep

These commands allow for the installation of the first 2008 R2 domain controller. Be sure to do this before you begin the upgrade routine. Active Directory is beyond the scope of what I want to cover today, but if you’re curious about adprep; more info here.

For this article, the images used are from Hyper-V (you’ll notice the window frame). This is not the computer I did remotely, but the process didn’t change.

So without further delay, here are the screenshots:

1)Run setup.exe clip_image002[4]
2)Click Install now clip_image004[4]
3)The 2008 R2 media is hot off the presses, so there is not yet any updates, but as a best practice, click “Go online to get the latest updates for installation” clip_image006[4]
4)Select the version of Windows Server 2008 R2 you wish to upgrade to.

Note: Windows 2008 R2 is x64 only. If you currently run an x86 version of Windows you will not be able upgrade.

5)Read and accept the license. clip_image010[4]
6)As I mentioned previously, I am upgrading. clip_image012[4]
7)This process ensures compatibility. More on this process here. clip_image014[4]
8)You will get a screen at the end of the previous step indicating weather or not you pass the list of known compatibility issues. This particular image (off screen) indicates I have other user accounts logged in, and they must first log out. (I had a separate RemoteApp session open).

This tool places a log file on your desktop, regardless of pass or fail so that you can review it later.

Once I closed the other sessions, I re-ran setup and was greeted with a “Next” button instead of “Close”.

9)The install begins! clip_image018[4]
10)After a while it automatically reboots the machine. From now until the end of the install it is “off” the network. clip_image020[4]
11)Setup restarts automatically clip_image022[4]clip_image024[4]
12)The installer picks up where we left off.

This is the 2nd stage of the upgrade.

13)Go find something else to do for 20 minutes. It will be fine… clip_image028[4]
14)Getting close!  clip_image030[4]
15)Almost there!  clip_image032[4]
16)Start, Run, Winver –>

(Note: Build 7600)


Once you check everything out for yourself, don’t forget to activate!  You’ve got 10 days before it starts to remind you.

And there ya have it! Happy Upgrading!