HP microserver will indeed hold 16 gigs of ram

And it’s confirmed.

An HP microserver will indeed hold and run with 16 gigs of RAM


Amazon.com: Corsair XMS3 8GB (1x8GB) DDR3 1333 MHz (PC3 10666) Desktop Memory (CMX8GX3M1A1333C9): Computers & Accessories:

$38 bucks a 8 gig stick.

Certain Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 installation scenarios are not supported

from  Stefan Goßner – Site Home – TechNet Blogs:

If you are planning to use SharePoint 2013 you should be familiar with the following article which outlines unsupported Installation scanarios for SharePoint 2013:

As summary the following Scenarios are unsupported:

  • Installation on Resilient File System (ReFS) – only NTFS is supported
  • Installation on a machine which is not joined to a domain
  • Installation on a domain Controller <<<< can’t put it on top of an Essentials box
  • Installation on a Windows web Server
  • Installation on a Virtual Machine (VM) that uses Dynamic Memory

The wizard cannot configure Remote Desktop Connection settings.

So you want to go from a Windows 8 to the RWW inside a network of a SBS 2008 server.

…and you are hitting this?

The wizard cannot configure Remote Desktop Connection settings.  Make sure that the client version of Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) 6.0 or later is installed on this computer.

1.  Ensure you have the latest SBS 2008 update rollup. http://blogs.technet.com/b/sbs/archive/2012/09/25/update-rollup-3-for-windows-small-business-server-2011-standard-and-update-rollup-6-for-windows-small-business-server-2008-available-now.aspx

2.  Use the classic IE not the metro one.

3.  Put the url of the web site in the trusted site zone

4.  Click on “compatibility” settings and place the site in compat mode.

Jump through all those hoops and you’ll get in just fine.

Windows 8 for IT pros jump start videos

The video recordings are posted! Watch the Windows 8 for IT Pros Jump Start on Springboard!

If you missed the Joey Snow/Stephen Rose Windows 8 jump start the other day (or couldn’t log in as I broke the cloud) the recordings are now posted.

I highly recommend watching and there’s a lot of tips tricks and howtos in there.

Play box for HyperV

So want a play box for HyperV?  You can actually load up 16gigs on that Microserver.

Loading Up Your HP N40L MicroServer With 16GB Of RAM | Wahl Network:
Modified BIOS for Microserver N40L enables hidden features – HP Microserver – HomeServerShow Forums:

I just ordered the RAM.. haven’t done the bios hack.

Disable SMB signing on Windows 2012 Essentials

Pulled out an old chestnut today… to be exact a 7 year old blog post to prove a point.

Exceptions to the rule – When you may WANT to turn off SMB message signing – Jesper’s Blog – Site Home – TechNet Blogs:

So Windows 2012 Essentials is a domain controller … a domain controller that is a file server and a remote access server and a client backup server and …well you get the idea.  And because it is a domain controller SMB signing is enabled by default.  If you set up Windows 2012 server essentials, you may want to disable SMB signing.

As showcased in this forum post…

File transfer speeds drop by 75% after joining Domain:

Jason Yoder, MCT: Disable SMB signing:

You may also have to do this to connect scanners and other devices to the network.

And if you really want to do it the RIGHT way… do it like Eriq would want us to do it:

How To Disable SMB Signing in SBS 2003 :: Lessons Learned:


Migration links for Essentials are now live

Windows Server 2012 Essentials Migration Guides <javascript:void(0)>

To avoid problems while migrating your existing server to Windows Server 
2012 Essentials, read the migration guide that applies to your business 
scenario before you begin the migration.

  * Migrate Windows Small Business Server 2003 to Windows Server 2012
    Essentials <http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj200112.aspx>

  * Migrate Windows Small Business Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012
    Essentials <http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj200141.aspx>

  * Migrate Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials to Windows
    Server 2012 Essentials

  * Migrate Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard to Windows
    Server 2012 Essentials

  * Migrate Windows Server 2008 Foundation to Windows Server 2012
    Essentials <http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj721758.aspx>

  * Migrate Windows Server 2012 Essentials to New Hardware

  * Transition from Windows Server 2012 Essentials to Windows Server
    2012 Standard <http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj247582.aspx>

Bookmark these locations

So that I don’t rehash topics that are MUCH better served elsewhere – and fleshed out a lot more… here’s some resources you need watch, read, follow, dump into your brain

From the wegotserved site – lots of images and content about installing Essentials 2012







2012 Server Essentials with Home Server Show – YouTube:

Tim Barrett on the Home Server show

Robert THE MAN Pearman

Enable DirectAccess on Windows Server 2012 Essentials « Title (Required):

Windows Server 2012 Essentials : Add a Network Printer « Title (Required):

This works for sure with Server 2008 r2 and Exchange 2010 – On Prem Exchange Windows Server 2012 Essentials: The Script! « Title (Required):

Now that 2013 has rtm’d I’ll be testing this.

You’ll be wanting to follow his Essentials blog posts:  Essentials « Title (Required):

I shouldn’t beat up Paul Thurrott too much – after all he didn’t get a free surface – but he did  advocate enabling the HyperV role on a domain controller by running Essentials through the transmorg process even though on twitter he can’t remember he said that – but I digress…but anyway he does have a good set of blog posts showcasing what it can do:

Windows Server 2012 Essentials: Thinking About Backup Strategies:
Windows Server 2012 Essentials: Migrate to Essentials:
Windows Server 2012 Essentials:
Windows Server 2012 Essentials: Connecting Windows 7 and 8 Home Versions:
Windows Server 2012 Essentials: Access the Server Remotely:
Windows Server 2012: Foundation vs. Essentials:
Windows Server 2012 Essentials: Coping with Alerts:
Windows Server 2012 Essentials Tip: Enable and Configure Media Sharing:
Windows Server 2012 Essentials: The Client Experience:

And bookmark this – http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/12636.hyperv-server-for-smbs-how-to.aspx

And watch this space — http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/13620.windows-server-2012-essentials-build-document.aspx

Everyone is redecorating

Guess who else got a design UI change?

QuickBooks 2013 R3 Released : QuickBooks and Beyond:

Quickbooks 2013 is who

Why you may not want to do an inplace upgrade of a hyperV box to 2012

Unable to convert to Server with a GUI from Server Core on an upgraded Windows Server 2012 machine:
Assume you have a full installation of either Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2. You upgrade to Windows Server 2012 and choose option "Server with a GUI".

After the upgrade you convert the Server with a GUI installation to Server Core.
In this scenario, if you try to convert back to Server with a GUI, the operation may fail and rollback to Server Core.


  * The "Server with a GUI" option is the Windows Server 2012 equivalent
    of the Full installation option available in Windows Server 2008 or
    Windows Server 2008 R2.
  * In Windows Server 2012, An administrator now has the ability to
    switch between a Server with GUI and a Server Core, as needed. You
    convert an installation from Server with GUI to Server Core.

This problem occurs due to the following three unused WINEVT registry entries being carried over by upgrade:

  * HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WINEVT\Publishers\{bc2eeeec-b77a-4a52-b6a4-dffb1b1370cb}
  * HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WINEVT\Publishers\{57e0b31d-de8c-4181-bcd1-f70e880b49fc}
  * HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\WINEVT\Publishers\{8c9dd1ad-e6e5-4b07-b455-684a9d879900}