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Advice for an Exchange update


Let it install all by itself.  Be patient.  This update will take a long time. 



Don’t hit cancel, don’t try to stop the install.


You’ll see it hit mscorsvw.exe which is the thing that takes a while.



 And it’s done.



Started 5:37 p.m. ended 5:50 p.m.

Setting up a child

So starting off with the first virtual server underneath the Server 2012 HyperV, let’s start by downloading Windows 2012 Essentials Releease Candidate.



 


This is one of the reasons the GUI is easier, you can download the bits right on the box.



 


Okay now that we have downloaded the bits, let’s set up a virtual server.


Review that we have a virtual switch set up by clicking on virtual switch manager.  Because we have the full gui and because we connected a nic card to this while building the HyperV server, you should have the nic already bound to the network card.



go back to the main menu and click on New, then on virtual machine



Click next to start the wizard.


Name it



And consider moving the virtual machine to a different location on your RAID drive location.  This is a one drive Microserver that I’m doing this for test so I’ll leave it where it is, but for production, another drive location other than C would be wise.


Click next.


Set the RAM, for Essentials it can do minimum of 2 gigs, but ‘d probably throw 3 or 4 at it.



And for grins lets try the Dynamic memory check box to see if it works on this version.


Click next.


Next up is hooking the server to an active external nic on the edge.  Pull the arrow key down and find our network that we set up earlier via the setup and confirmed was already set up.



We’re going to set up a minimum of 160 gig just because that’s a minimum they want – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj200132.aspx  This can be adjusted with the config file – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj200143 but I’m too lazy to set up an answer file so we’ll just bump that up to 160 gigs.



Browse to the location where the ISO is and set the HyperV to boot from it



Review your settings, hit finish and we’re ready to boot the child.



You’ll now see the server listed under virtual machines.  Right mouse click and click on start.



Double click on the name of the server to launch the full window, or right mouse click again and click on connect.


You’ll now see the full gui windows setup of a brand new server.


Click Next to start to install essentials



I won’t bore you with the setup details of setting up Essentials.


I’d advise you to check out the Wegotserved site for way more details – http://www.wegotserved.com/2012/08/18/installing-windows-server-essentials-2012-part-1/ and http://www.wegotserved.com/2012/08/26/installing-windows-server-2012-essentials-part-2/


I’m going to finish up that SMB for HyperV wiki post in the meantime.


 


 

Stephen Rose on Windows 8

If you snoozed, you didn’t lose.



If you missed out on the Live Meeting with Stephen Rose on Windows 8, we have a recording.



Susan Bradley has invited you to view a Microsoft Office Live Meeting recording.
View Recording

Stephen Rose on Windows 8 starting shortly

Don’t forget — on tonight!


https://twitter.com/stephenlrose


You’ve followed him on Twitter – now hear him on Live Meeting


(and yes it will be recorded)


When: Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 6:30 PM (PDT)
Where:

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*



Susan Bradley has invited you to attend an online meeting using Live Meeting.
Join the meeting.
Audio Information
Computer Audio
To use computer audio, you need speakers and microphone, or a headset.
First Time Users:
To save time before the meeting, check your system to make sure it is ready to use Microsoft Office Live Meeting.
Notes


 


Troubleshooting
Unable to join the meeting? Follow these steps:


  1. Copy this address and paste it into your web browser:
    https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/winserver_usergroup/join
  2. Copy and paste the required information:
    Meeting ID: SKPR73
    Entry Code: 8^-\zqX
    Location: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/winserver_usergroup

If you still cannot enter the meeting, contact support

Windows 8 support is Available on Partner Online Tech Community!:

http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/partnerwinclientwin8/thread/6df802df-5b95-45b5-bab6-d748c83c0dd0

Dear Partner,

In this month, our Windows team announced the completion of *Windows 8 Release To Manufacturing (RTM).* We have released Windows 8 RTM to our OEM and manufacturing partners as they work towards delivery of exciting new PC models that will be available this fall starting October 26<sup>th</sup> at *Windows 8 General Availability (GA)*.

*The RTM milestone is when Windows 8 is fully put into action for our partners and customers! We are excited to let you know that you could post your Windows 8 questionsin the following partner forum. *

Windows 8 Client

http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/partnerwinclientwin8/threads


Also up there is the Server 2012 forum


Windows Server 2012 Forum:
http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/partnerwinserver2012/threads


And if you can’t get into either forum, you need to log into the Partner site and go through the process of hooking your Partner Live ID with Partner access.

Windows 8 get ready! with Stephen Rose

Tomorrow evening at 6:30 p.m. pacific we will have a special online guest Stephen Rose presenting on Windows 8.

Like it, love it, or deal with it, Windows 8 is right around the corner.

I’ll also bring you up to date on upcoming update releases for SBS to support Windows 8 and WSUS releases needed to support Windows 8 as well.

(and yes it will be recorded)




When: Tuesday, Aug 28, 2012 6:30 PM (PDT)
Where:

*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*





Susan Bradley has invited you to attend an online meeting using Live Meeting.
Join the meeting.
Audio Information
Computer Audio
To use computer audio, you need speakers and microphone, or a headset.
First Time Users:
To save time before the meeting, check your system to make sure it is ready to use Microsoft Office Live Meeting.
Notes

 


Troubleshooting
Unable to join the meeting? Follow these steps:


  1. Copy this address and paste it into your web browser:
    https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/winserver_usergroup/join
  2. Copy and paste the required information:
    Meeting ID: SKPR73
    Entry Code: 8^-\zqX
    Location: https://www.livemeeting.com/cc/winserver_usergroup

If you still cannot enter the meeting, contact support

Off the grid

Got back from a weekend trip with my MINI Cooper group over to Rotta Winery and Cambria where… the bed and breakfast I stayed in advertised.. as a feature .. no television, no phones, no internet.


Needless to say I kinda brought my own.  But it was interesting to see places that advertised being off the grid as an attraction.


 

Not quite there, Doug.

Windows Server 2012 Essentials Essentially Done — Redmondmag.com:
http://redmondmag.com/blogs/doug-barney/2012/08/server-2012-essentials.aspx?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

“Essentials is almost there, having just gained release candidate status
<http://redmondmag.com/articles/2012/08/21/windows-server-2012-essentials-rc.aspx>. That means it’s almost ready for manufacturing but needs a few more eyeballs to make dead sure.

Essentials is made for shops with up to 25 clients, and is looking to make it fully out the gate this year.

If your shop grows, you can upgrade to Windows Server 2012 Foundation which handles 50 more users.”


Not quite there, Doug.


Windows 2012 foundation is a 15 user OS.  No Cals.  Does not support virtualization (no parent, can’t be a child as it’s OEM)


Windows 2012 essentials supports 25 users.  If you buy a Windows 2012 standard sku along with the proper cals, you can “transmorg” it to support up to 75 devices/users.  This sku is also a “no cal” sku.  Also cannot be a parent.  Can’t be a RD server used by users either.


It does support backing up workstations as long as they are in the same domain or IP address range.  Bottom line those clients have to ‘talk’ to the server to be backed up.  You could try over a VPN.

WordPress on IIS and plug ins don’t auto update?

For anyone running WordPress on IIS and can’t get the dang plug ins to automatically update …and thus you’ve been manually updating the plug ins one at a time


BTW I FINALLY got the blog site over on WordPress to be able to auto update.

There’s a problem with the wincache that ships with the Windows web matrix – http://www.microsoft.com/web/webmatrix/ or at least the one I had way back when I set up the WordPress on IIS site.  It makes updating of plug ins barf.  So for eons I was manually updating the plug ins by copying them down, unzipping them and sticking the files on the back end.  Yeah, not the greatest updating in the world.

Wincache 1.1 and WordPress plugin problem : The Official Microsoft IIS Site:
http://forums.iis.net/p/1169832/1951086.aspx

I finally found the problem the other day, the wincache file.

Once I updated it to the latest one, the wordpress site on IIS will not let me update the plugins via the gui
Doing that makes the updating work.


So for anyone else who has tried the webmatrix/wordpress on IIS and couldn’t get plug ins to update.. it’s your wincache file causing you grief.

RSS feeds for Windows 2012 and 8 KBs

Put these in your RSS reader:


http://support.microsoft.com/common/rss.aspx?rssid=16796&ln=en-us
RSS feed for Windows 8 KB articles.


Most Recent KBs for Windows Server 2012:
http://support.microsoft.com/common/rss.aspx?rssid=16526&ln=en-us


And be aware..


Windows Server 2012 does not support SharePoint Server 2010:
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2724471/en-us?sd=rss&spid=16526



Only SharePoint 2013 (which is not yet released) will be supported on Windows Server 2012