Windows Server 2012 R2 now available via TechNet and MSDN

So its here! Saw Christa Anderson’s post on TechNet blogs about this being available today: http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2013/09/09/attention-technet-and-msdn-subscribers-windows-server-2012-r2-available-for-download-today.aspx

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Why download? check this out: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/windows-server/windows-server-2012-r2.aspx

Happy downloading!

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Exchange setup /PrepareAD /OrganizationName

Quick Blog on Exchange, Oh man I miss blogging.

So here I am, helping a Exchange 2013 deployment client side at their production (really, long story about production) when they asked me – What’s an example value for the /OrganizationName parameter with the preparead on setup?

Right after the /PrepareSchema Command (or PS)

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We will run:

setup /PrepareAD /OrganizationName:<organization name>

And client said, there are no example in http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb125224(v=exchg.150).aspx

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Actually, they just need to enter their a resemblance of their company name.

An examples are

setup /PrepareAD /OrganizationName:VFTSINC

setup /PrepareAD /OrganizationName:YOURCOMPANY

setup /PrepareAD /OrganizationName:CONTOSO

 

On and don’t forget these:

1. Add yourselves to Enterprise AND Schema Admins Security Group! Yea the prompt will tell you and/or but based on experience, it should be AND. Then I read the TechNet article again and it says, Schema AND Enterprise Admin group.

2. Run as Administrator the CMD prompt

3. Nah, don’t bother coming up with a way to put spaces on your organization name. We tried a lot of examples, quotes, double quote or without it but only the ones on the screenshot below worked. We made sure that no spaces before and after the name as well, if you had to ask me if I did try that and didn’t worked.

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3. Include the /IAcceptExchangeServerLicenseTerms

4. We do not know what happens if we closed the command prompt while the schema is being extended. Be sure not to accidentally click it.

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Finally on the setup on /PrepareAllDomains step, we opted to have the IAccept parameter again. So  that’s it!

Happy exchange deployment and my I say the traditional, You had me at EHLO 🙂

Basic Scripting for Hyper-V with PowerShell (Create and Manage VHD and VM)

Quick entry. So I need to do a lab for a client and I need to recreate a lab for them. They asked, how did you do it? They further said its really tiring going to UI route creating differencing disks and VM (That’s why!). So I told them I just to use PowerShell. This is being done on My Windows 8 Desktop with Hyper-V installed.

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Command is

New-VHD -ParentPath "<path>.vhdx" -Path "<path>.vhdx"

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How about VM?

Note: Just make sure you run as an administrator!

New-VM -Name "<name>" –MemoryStartupBytes <int>GB -SwitchName "<Switch Name>" –Path "<Where you want to save>" –VHDPath “<Path\VHD.vhdx>”

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As you can see, you do not have the parameter to configure how many virtual cores to be assigned to this VM. You do this:

Set-VMProcessor “<name>” –Count <int>

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This is also true for Dynamic Memory:

Set-VMMemory <VM Name> -DynamicMemoryEnabled $true

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PS.

All info of  these are available at TechNet (Hyper-V Cmdlets in Windows PowerShell):

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh848559(v=wps.620).aspx

Windows 8 and Office 2013 Deployment Session

Hi everyone! Thank you for attending our deployment session. Hope you had fun and it was very informative for you to start considering these kinds of deployment.

These guys are checking out our demo rig with AMD Phenom II and an overclocked Saphire 7900 🙂 next time we will be using new servers so stay tuned!

Our Office 2013 customization tool! (Sorry no shot, was busy giving demo lol)

Here’s the completed installation of a customized Office 2013.

Here’s a snip of our MDT session. Will post links below!

Session is full! Thanks guys, even tho the competitor is at nextdoor Shangri-la 🙂 But, they cant virtualize like we did! hahaha!

Hyper-V running on my Windows 8 desktop!

 

Congrats to those who won PHIWUG shirts and thank you to Microsoft Philippines for the Venue as well as the featured give-away that night – a very sought after Microsoft Mouse 😛

Dining is also full!

Photos are in our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10151287043211179&type=1 

Also please dont forget to join us: https://www.facebook.com/groups/7327346178/

 

Again thanks for attending and heres the links of the softwares that we used:

MDT 2012 Update 1 : http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=25175

ADK: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30652

WDS on WS2012: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh974416.aspx

Office 2013 ProPlus Evaluation: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/jj192782.aspx

Office 2013 Customization tool: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179097.aspx

DHCP Binding only to one interface card

I have been preparing for a laboratory for an event while home and a few people are using the internet. I am about to setup a server that needed to connect to the internet and to an internal network. This server has a DHCP server role installed and I don’t want this broadcasting DHCP traffic on the other network. I also don’t want to reconfigure the other DHCP server and I just want to continue with my lab.

I remember the NIC binding feature before and since I just needed the DHCP on the internal network of my lab, ill check if its still there.

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Yes, on Windows Server 2012 – the add / remove bindings is still there.

So all I needed to do is un-check the public network and I am done.

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Just click OK and that’s it! Now back to the lab, cheers!

and OH, PS. There is this thing on DHCP behavior that only binds to a static IP. If you have another card and its dynamically configured you will not see it here.

Private Cloud Economics Tool

Try it out here: http://cloudeconomics.cloudapp.net/

From the website: “The Microsoft Private Cloud Economics Tool calculates the cost of creating a private cloud solution with Microsoft and VMware technologies. The calculator follows a simple methodology by considering the software acquisition and support costs for a private cloud solution. By using this calculator, you will see how the licensing and pricing models differ between Microsoft and VMware and, in particular, how they will impact the Return On Investment you are making today and long into the future. “

 

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