Page 1:Windows Server 2008 RC0
Page 2:Installation: Quick and Easy
Page 3:Starting up for the First Time
Page 4:Central Switchboard - The Server Manager
Page 5:Server Manager – Installing a Service
Page 6:Configuring Services
Page 7:IPv6 – Internet Protocol of the Future
Page 8:SMB 2.0 – Copying Files Faster
Page 9:Integrated Virtualization – Hidden Installation
Page 10:Creating Virtual Machines
Page 11:Working with Virtual Machines
Page 12:Virtualization: Additional Features
Page 13:Web Server: IIS Version 7
Page 14:Disappointing – Outdated FTP Server, no SFTP
Page 15:The SSH Replacement – Windows Remote Shell
Page 16:The Go Live License for Productive Environments
Page 17:90-minute Test – No Installation Required
Page 18:Windows Server with Vista’s User Interface
Page 19:Testing it Yourself
Page 20:Conclusion – Many Improvements, Still a Few Rough Spots
Installation: Quick and Easy
The installation process is the first obvious clue that Windows Server 2008 is closely related to Windows Vista. Anyone who has ever installed Vista will recognize the setup routine.
Using Vista’s installation routine is a major benefit, especially for a server OS. Administrators can partition the system’s hard drives during setup. More importantly, they can install the necessary AHCI or RAID storage drivers from a CD/DVD or even a USB thumb drive. Thus, error-prone floppies can finally be sent to their well-earned retirement.
Full Installation or Core Only?
There is another change that comes with the new setup routine as well. The admin can now choose between the (default) full installation and selecting core components.
This allows the server to be installed without the standard user interface. If selected, the system can only be configured using command line scripts. This decision should not be made lightly, as you can’t simply switch between the two installation types. If decide later on that you want to use the standard user interface after all, you’ll have to completely reinstall the entire server.
Product activation is now also identical with that found in Windows Vista. The installation routine requires a product key to be entered before it begins copying files to the hard drive. Setup also offers the option of automatically activating your copy of Windows after the installation completes.
Installation: Done in 20 Minutes
Copying the setup files from the DVD to the hard drive only takes about one minute. That’s rather fast considering the DVD contains 1.9 GB for the 32 bit version and 2.5 GB for the 64-bit one. However, extracting and uncompressing the files takes a good deal longer. After 20 minutes, the operating system is installed.
Windows Server 2008 takes up 10 GB of hard drive space.
- Windows Server 2008 RC0
- Installation: Quick and Easy
- Starting up for the First Time
- Central Switchboard - The Server Manager
- Server Manager – Installing a Service
- Configuring Services
- IPv6 – Internet Protocol of the Future
- SMB 2.0 – Copying Files Faster
- Integrated Virtualization – Hidden Installation
- Creating Virtual Machines
- Working with Virtual Machines
- Virtualization: Additional Features
- Web Server: IIS Version 7
- Disappointing – Outdated FTP Server, no SFTP
- The SSH Replacement – Windows Remote Shell
- The Go Live License for Productive Environments
- 90-minute Test – No Installation Required
- Windows Server with Vista’s User Interface
- Testing it Yourself
- Conclusion – Many Improvements, Still a Few Rough Spots