Windows 2012 first look

On August 23, 2012, in HyperVServer, by

So if you have a client who has SA on SBS 2011, you already have access (unkeyed of course) of the RTM bits of Windows 2012.  I can’t find the bits yet on Technet or MSDN, so it looks to me that unless you have access to someone’s VLSC, you don’t have access yet to RTM bits.  All of this appears to be coming out on September 4th, so if you can hold on a little bit more… otherwise download that VLSC Windows 2012 version and start playing with Windows 2012.

Now I’m not convinced in the SMB space that the HyperV 2012 only version (aka the command line) is the way to go.  For several reasons.  For one, I’m not a command line gal.  For two, you’ll need a Win8 workstation to control it.  For three, when the you know what hits the fan and something happens, I’m just more comfy with a GUI, for four, in the 2012 era you get a One plus Two virtualization rights.  I’m still hoping that Microsoft will open up the purse strings and allow those of us with SA rights on SBS 2011 standard to get a copy of Windows 2012 Essentials which will give us a RWA ability as well as extra room to stand up Exchange in a Windows 2012, and SharePoint in 2012 and throw WSUS in there somewhere.

So I’ve rebuilt my HyperV test box – AGAIN – this time with the final RTM of Windows 2012

hmmmm why does the final RTM have the number in the corner?

So the first thing I do when setting up a new HyperV play box is … of course.. install the HyperV role and nothing but the HyperV role.

Well okay so the very very first thing I did was enable RDP so I could remote into it from my desktop and be lazy and do screen shots remotely.

Okay so the second thing I do is disable IE ESC on a play/test box.  If you need to get ISO’s and stuff down on the box, the IE browser is still the fastest way.  Don’t load up Java and Flash (especially since we just got two updates in the last week) and surf safely and on a play box you should be fine.. and beside this isn’t production anyway.

So launch the “UI formerly known as Metro” Server manager and click on Local Server.  On the right hand side is IE Enhanced Security Configuration.

Turn this to off

I already renamed this box as “Hyper2012” btw

As you can see, dig under the hood a bit and that “UI formerly known as Metro” looks like the old Server 2008 R2 UI

Now finally go back to the Dashboard

Click on add roles and features

Click Next

Click role based

Remember.. this is in a workgroup, we’re not doing anything fancy here, merely a basic 8 gig server.

 I’m going to pick the HyperV role and nothing but the HyperV role

Click next next next.

Now we come to the networking.  Because this is a simple box with merely one network adapter I’m going to manage and virtual the networking all through the same nic.  Normally you’ll want at least two. 

Click that box and select next.

The next screen is kinda irrelevant if you don’t plan to do live migrations.  For a play box, click next

Next comes..what I think is the stupidest defaults…

Why these suckers are on the C drive is beyond me

For play, do whatever, for production, stick them on another drive, with NTFS permissions to allow access.

Confirm everything looks good, click install.

And we restart… we we do once we figure out where the restart button is.

Over a RDP window you need to swipe over to the right

Ah yes, swipe to the right and there it is

..up next tomorrow, installing a guest operating system


5 Responses to Windows 2012 first look

  1. Pete Perry says:

    Clinton Ho [MSFT] said in a post on the SBS Blog changes to Windows Server 2012 Essentials licensing will be announced soon.

    I’m keeping my fingers crossed Microsoft is also going to include Windows Server 2012 Essentials for those with SA on their SBS2011 license. I made this point clear to Mike Shultz when I was interviewed by him it’s downright wrong if they don’t. Microsoft as thrown enough curve balls at the SMB market. Give us a break on this one.

  2. Matt says:

    Nice writeup (as usual!)

    The build watermark is usually stuck there when it’s not activated. I noticed it on a Windows 8 box today. Once it was activated it disappeared.

  3. Joe Raby says:

    If you use the Assessment and Deployment Kit (formerly WAIK), you can redirect user folders to another drive with an unattended installation script. You can also pre-install roles and enable RDP.

    Of course, if you get your unattend script just right, it can also enable all the junk necessary to remote into a Server Core/Hyper-V Server installation from the get-go. That kind of stuff *should* be scripted too, because then you don’t have to think about it. Just install with your script from WinSIM, and remote in with the remote server management tools immediately after.

    I would also argue that the easiest way to get ISO’s and VHD’s on the box is to copy the from a USB drive. That way you don’t need to disable ESC. But you could just as easily script in a connection to a shared folder on another fileserver in your unattend script too.

  4. Guy Gregory says:

    Sorry – Ignore that last comment – I was looking at Windows 8, not Server 2012!