Category Archives: Microsoft Windows Server 8

Critical Flaw in SMB1 could allow remote code execution on Active Directory Domain Controllers (MS17-010, KB4013389)

Today, for its March 2017 Patch Tuesday, Microsoft released a security update for supported versions of Windows Server offering File Sharing services using the Server Message Block (SMB) version 1.0 protocol. The security update addresses the vulnerabilities by correcting how SMBv1 handles specially crafted requests.   About the vulnerabilities The vulnerabilities that are fixed with […]


Meeting Windows 8’s minimum specifications

Windows 8 offers many advantages compared to Windows XP, Windows Vista and even Windows 7. However, to take full advantage of all the new features in Windows 8, the hardware you run it on needs to be equipped with specific hardware.


How to determine the Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 version on your USB Install Media or DVD

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) […]


Expiration dates on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 Pre-release versions

About two months ago, I wrote a blog post on determining your Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 pre-release version. With that information you could then determine the (possible) in-place upgrade paths. In this blog post I’ll show you the expiration dates of the Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 pre-release versions, so you’ll know […]


New features in Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server 2012, Part 19: Offline Domain Join Improvements

With Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Microsoft introduced a new Active Directory feature called Offline Domain Join (ODJ). This feature allows for clients to be joined to an Active Directory domain, without the need of having a direct connection to any of the Domain Controllers for the Active Directory domain.

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 […]


Windows Server “8” Beta available (build 8250)

Microsoft did not just release the Consumer Preview pre-release version of Windows 8 today, but also released the Windows Server “8” Beta. It is available as a 64-bit (x64) in both the *.iso and *.vhd format for anyone interested. (with an optional sign up for Windows 8 news)   Download Windows Server “8” Beta is […]


How To Install Windows Server 8 (build 8102)

Alongside the Windows 8 Developer Preview of the Windows client, Microsoft released the Windows Server bits of the same build as well. Where the Windows client is released to the general public and has probably seen over a million downloads this first day, the Windows Server bits can only be downloaded when you have a […]