It’s never been easier to install pre-release versions of Windows and Windows Server, then with Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. Downloadable ISO files were abundant and could be used for virtual machines on all major virtualization platforms, ISO files could be burned with a built-in tool in the previous version of Windows (Windows 7) … Continue reading "How to determine the Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 version on your USB Install Media or DVD"
KnowledgeBase: "The server is not operational" domain controller configuration error when you configure a server by using Server Manager
Microsoft introduced KnowledgeBase article 2738697 with the title "The server is not operational" domain controller configuration error when you configure a server by using Server Manager. Alternatively, they could’ve named this KnowledgeBase article Why you need to domain join proposed Replica Domain Controllers first in Active Directory in Windows Server 2012. Another good candidate would’ve … Continue reading "KnowledgeBase: "The server is not operational" domain controller configuration error when you configure a server by using Server Manager"
Determining your Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 version
With the release of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, many people are eager to download and install the latest and greatest Operating Systems from Redmond. For people who have deployed one of the pre-release versions of Windows 8, Windows Server 8 and Windows Server 2012, the big question now is which version they are … Continue reading "Determining your Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 version"
Active Directory and the Resilient File System (ReFS)
With Windows Server 2012, Microsoft introduces a new local file system, called Resilient File System (ReFS). This file system can be used as an alternative to NTFS, the file system we’ve come to love and use on our servers in the past years. When it comes to Active Directory, however, you should be aware of … Continue reading "Active Directory and the Resilient File System (ReFS)"
Windows Server 2012 from an Architecture Point of View
Customers often ask me and my colleagues for innovative solutions, based on proven technology. While that sounds like a contradictio in terminus, we always deliver. The key behind these successes is to research and implement new technology in an early stage. From there, we combine these new technologies, where appropriate, with our proven architectural principles … Continue reading "Windows Server 2012 from an Architecture Point of View"
Working with High Performance Computing resources (scale up vs. scale out in the Microsoft World)
This week I got the chance to work with some x86 High Performance Computing hardware at the Donald Smits Center for Information Technology (CIT) at the University of Groningen. Their hardware typically contains more than 64 logical processors and TBs of RAM. 10Gb/s interconnects and loads of Solid State Disks (SSDs) are also not very … Continue reading "Working with High Performance Computing resources (scale up vs. scale out in the Microsoft World)"
Creating your own Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 USB install device
A lot of servers and clients, nowadays, are no longer equipped with an optical drive. While this leaves room for extra drives and allows for smaller form factors, it can be a hurdle when you try and install the Operating Systems of your dreams (in this case: Windows 8) to the device of your dreams.
How To Install the Windows 8 Developer Preview (build 8102)
As announced yesterday by Steven Sinofsky in the //BUILD/ Keynote, this morning, Microsoft released the Developer Preview of Windows 8 to dev.windows.com. The pre-release version of the next version of Windows is based on Milestone 3 (M3) and features build number 8102. (8102.winmain_win8m3.110830-1739) When you’re exited about the next version of Windows, you’d want to … Continue reading "How To Install the Windows 8 Developer Preview (build 8102)"
Member of the Q&A Panel at NGNs Windows 7 Deployment Event
With the release of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, The Dutch Network User Group (in Dutch: ‘Netwerk Gebruikersgroep Nederland’ or ‘NGN’ for short) organizes a Windows 7 Deployment event on Monday October 26th, 2009 in Ede, the Netherlands. The event will not be focusing on the cool new features of Windows 7, but … Continue reading "Member of the Q&A Panel at NGNs Windows 7 Deployment Event"