Download Windows 8 Consumer Preview!

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Windows 8 Consumer Preview is now available for download!

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/download

And for IT Pro’s, don’t forget Windows Server 8 Beta on your TechNet Subscriptions

 

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Happy downloading!

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Windows Server Developer Preview – DHCP

We need a new DHCP for WDS and for connecting clients that we need to join in this domain. Lets try out Windows Server 8’s DHCP then!

DHCP: Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) is a client/server protocol that automatically provides an Internet Protocol (IP) host with its IP address and other related configuration information such as the subnet mask and default gateway. RFCs 2131 and 2132 define DHCP as an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standard based on Bootstrap Protocol (BOOTP), a protocol with which DHCP shares many implementation details. DHCP allows hosts to obtain required TCP/IP configuration information from a DHCP server.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd145320(WS.10).aspx

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For lab purposes, we will install the DHCP with the AD role but DO NOT DO THIS AT PRODUCTION or ANYWHERE ELSE. Its only for Lab and test setup.

Moving on.. Click add roles.

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So on add roles and features wizard click next.

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Do a role-based installation, click next again.

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Select DHCP then next

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We do not have to install any roles and features, so click next.

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Click next again.

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I always use the wizards auto restart if required.

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Wait for it to finish, grab  a coffee or something.

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After DHCP has been installed, click Complete DHCP configuration don’t close just yet.

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On the post-install wizard, click next.

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We may need to authorize the DHCP on our Active Directory.

Stop, what is DHCP authorization again?

Starting with the release of Windows 2000, there is an Active Directory feature that prevents rogue Windows 2000-based DHCP servers from running. When a DHCP server running Windows 2000 or later starts, it first checks Active Directory to confirm its authorization to run. If the server has explicitly been authorized as a DHCP server, it is allowed to run. By default, the DHCP server checks its authorization every sixty minutes.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd296633(WS.10).aspx

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Click commit. Then close.

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Back on the dashboard, you can now see the DHCP server tab.

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To manage my new and shiny DHCP, I go to start and see the DHCP Tiles.

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Expand the contents of DHCP.

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Using DHCP, you may need to create a new Scope.

A DHCP scope consists of a pool of IP addresses on a specific subnet, such as 192.168.0.1 to 192.168.0.254, that the DHCP server can lease to clients

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd759218.aspx

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This will be for all of the clients that will be connecting.

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I will have IP addresses from 100 to 200 be assigned to these clients.

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Within the scope, you can include an exclusion. These IP’s will not be assigned.

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Lets go with 8 days.

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Click next.

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Auto assign your gateway.

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And the DNS server too.

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WINS, I don’t have (yet) on my lab.

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In order to use this Scope, you must activate it or turn it on.

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Click Finish!

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You may also want to see the newly created DHCP groups, you can check the Active Directory Users and Computers:

DHCP Groups: When you install the DHCP Server service, two domain local groups are created: DHCP Users and DHCP Administrators.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd183645(WS.10).aspx

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Windows Server Developer Preview – ADDS

Yes, I decided to recreate an entire lab using Windows 8 and Windows 8 Server Developer Preview bits. And I believe the best thing to do first is to promote a server as a Domain Controller and creating a new forest with it.

Here is some step-by-step screenshots that I made on how it was configured:

Logon as the server administrator

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On the Server Manager, click add roles:

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Next.

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I have chosen the role based or feature based installation as I only wanted to install and configure ADDS.

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Select the server and click next.

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On Select Server Roles, select Active Directory Domain Services. Click Next.

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Add Required Fields.

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Click Next.

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Click Next Again.

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Again, Next.

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Choose Yes.

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Click Install and wait to finish.

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After the installation has finished, click “Promote this server to a domain controller”. To launch another wizard to configure your ADDS.

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I have creted a new forest here.

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There is a new Domain Functional Level called “Windows Server 8” but this is not supported.

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I have tried to use that functional level however after reading the blow post on socials, I have reverted back to Windows Server 2008 R2 Functional Level.

http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/windowsdeveloperpreviewgeneral/thread/7c0adb60-8b63-4ae6-9116-853805732597/

 

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Not in production so C:\ is fine. Smile

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Review and click Next.

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Wait till finish.

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The pre-requisites check runs and completes, if there are no errors, you may now be able to click “Install”.

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And more waiting..

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On finish, click close and a force restart will take place.

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Logon as the domain user! You now have a DC running on Windows 8!

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So far so good on the Hyper-V console, seems this its only needing 584MB of RAM now.

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On logon, the Server Manager will launch again.

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Upon refresh you will now see the new roles installed on the dashboard.

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And on start, you will see the installed roles and features.

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I have always used the Admin Center so, I launched it thru start.

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Time to add new users:

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Domains and trusts launched.

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This is my FUTURE WDS server, for now its just a lonely server not joined to a domain. I syspreped this because it was a cloned VM. Now I want to join this to the newly created domain.

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All I have to do is launch the control panel or the windows explorer.

On Control Panel Click System and Security.

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Click Set the name of this computer.

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or on windows explorer, click computer and click on the ribbon, system properties.

Yes folks, context aware Ribbon for Explorer.

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On System window, click change settings besides the computer name.

 

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Like what we do on Windows Vista and Windows 7, just click change.

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and enter the computer name and the domain. Click Okay and it will pop-up an authentication box.

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Provide some credentials, normally a user that can join a PC in a domain, for this example I am using administrator, overkill yes, convenient yes yes! Do in production, heck-NO.

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Welcome! Click Ok. and it will restart.

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its 2:27, we have to sleep yo.

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to logon in the Domain, Click the left arrow.

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Click Other User.

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Use a domain credential.

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And there you have it, new domain controller on new domain plus a client joined!

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Stay tuned!

Windows Developer Preview – Sysprep (System Preparation Tool)

So, again, what is SYSPREP: technology that you can use with other deployment tools to install Windows® operating systems onto new hardware. The Sysprep tool prepares a computer for disk imaging or delivery to a customer by configuring the computer to create a new computer security identifier (SID) when the computer is restarted. In addition, the Sysprep tool cleans up user-specific and computer-specific settings and data that must not be copied to a destination computer.

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd744263(WS.10).aspx

Basically it means, cleaning your installation and putting fresh ID’s

I use sysprep whenever I clone a VM so when I rebuild my lab, I will have a base Hard Disk image that is clean and when used in a differencing disk will make my life easier.

This is available waaaay back XP, in Windows 7 it is still available up till today on Windows 8. It must always be run from the %WINDIR%\system32\sysprep directory

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Generalize and OOBE! Clean everything!

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Wait for it to finish.

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Will reboot automatically.

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On reboot, you may experience a newly installed OS and we may need to fillup settings.

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There, new and shiny install without installing. Using sysprep to clean user info.

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Windows Server Developer Preview – Server Manager

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I have gathered some screenshots of the new server manager on Windows 8 Server. In preparation ofcourse to rebuild the entire lab based on this new platform so, lets just get familiar.

The logon screen!

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Server Manager is now a dashboard

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For all servers:

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For the local server:

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Adding new roles and features to a server:

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Geeee, I can add servers now! Interesting..

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For the network:

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Renaming a server

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Yea I need more memory I know.

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Performance Alerts:

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Just a sneak peak and I will be doing a lot with this server manager on the following days (or hours) :p Stay tuned!

Windows Server Developer Preview Installation ScreenShots

Windows Developer Preview is out, as well as the Its server counterpart and Im very much excited to try these all out and try to create a lab environment only with Windows 8. Previously I have posted a screen shot run of the installation sequence for the client. Now we will have Windows Server 8, on Hyper-V. So Join me in my quest to build this lab.

So first things first, load up a VM and load the ISO as its installation media

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Install now.

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There are now 3 flavors of server installation:

  1. Windows Server Developer Preview (Full Installation)
  2. Windows Server Developer Preview (Server Core Installation)
  3. Windows Server Developer Preview (Features On Demand)

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We are used to Full vs. Core but this time, there is a third one called Features on Demand. Its basically core + server manager. Ill try to use full for now, on other instance we will do the Features on Demand.

Accept the license terms (and read if you must)

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On fresh install I always use custom.

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Click next

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Wait for a couple of minutes, mine is around 20.

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Waiting still…

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The usual local admin and its password.

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There you have it, a new and shiny Windows 8 Server freshly installed. Stay tuned on my progress in creating the lab for it!

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