Category Archives: Beta experiences [Old]

Information on my experience with Microsoft beta products. Mainly on (but not limited to) Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Exchange. Here yu'll find indepth information on new features and the way they can make YOUR life easier.

Windows Server Core IP Configuration, Part 3

I've showed you some common commands for IPv4 networking in Part 1 and Part 2 of this series. Now that you know the commands to change your network settings I feel it's time to perform some tweaks to make your commands just a tiny bit shorter. As an added bonus you might be able to […]


Windows Server Core IP Configuration, Part 2

In the first part of this series I explored the basic settings of IPv4 on Server Core installations. Now it's time to dive a little deeper and explore the tabs behind the Advanced button on the General tab of the Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) Properties screen.

Windows Server Core IP Configuration, Part 1

Networking services are a big part of the services you can make your Server Core box perform. Having properly configured network connections are prerequisites to offering these services, so I feel it's time to explain how to properly configure the networking connections on Server Core installations of Windows Server 2008.


Remotely managing your Server Core using RDP

Not all system administrators feel comfortable on the command line and most system administrators don't feel comfortable behind the console of their servers in their airconditioned and windowless (no pun intented) serverrooms for longer periods of time.


Server Core phone home

Windows Error Reporting (WER) is a Windows feature we know since Windows XP. (2001)  Microsoft loves the feature enough to continue offering it in Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 and Server Core installations are no exception.


Page files in Server Core

Every Windows Server has a page file and Windows Server 2008 Server Core installations are no exception. Neither should they be an exception when it comes to tuning the page file for optimal performance and reliability.

Where to draw the line?

Despite what Susan Bradley thinks it's not just JoeWare that likes this "new no GUI, no IE, Command line only version of the Server Operating System in Windows Server 2008"… I too am growing very fond of Server Core. I love this little Operating System installation option and I am finding my way in it […]


Windows Server 2008 RC 1 ready

Microsoft released Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate 1 publicly today, along with Release Candidate 1 for Windows Vista Service Pack 1. This means the teams are definitely on schedule for a Q1 2008 release date for both products!


Firewall management in Server Core, Part 2

A little while ago I showed how to manage the basic firewall in Windows Server 2008. Recently I found out the firewall team wants us to move to the Advanced Firewall commands, because netsh firewall can't: enable groups of rules; create rules for service; create rules that support multiple filtering criteria. Although netsh firewall will get […]


How to determine your Windows Server 2008 version

Microsoft has recently decided to supply every Windows Server 2008 test version with the same major revision number. This number, also known as the Build number, is used often to distinguish test versions. When submitting a bug or asking a question in the TechNet forums you might even get asked for it. (or at least get […]