8 tutorials Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 was officially released on February 27, 2008. Many of the features included in Windows Server 2008 are Server Core, AD roles, Failover clustering, Self-healing NTFS, Hyper-V, Server manager, DNS, DHCP, etc. I this section you will find tutorials related to Windows Server 2008 and all its components.

Windows Server 2008 Tutorials

I will break this entry in two posts. on the first post I will show you how to create and enable a password change policy on your domain using Windows server 2008, and in the second I will show you how to remind users to change their password when their password is about to expire. I assume your domain is healthy and already up and running. a very important note if you have remote domain users. before enabling a password change policy, and your remote users ( outside your network ) have not changed their domain passwords for a long time, then you need to notify them to change their password before enabling the password change policy. otherwise they will not be able to access their e-mail ( if any ) or any other network resources they access on the…


Hyper-V 2008 R2 can be ran as bare metal or hosted hypervisor. the bare metal hypervisor is free and can be downloaded from the following link http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dd776191 and the hosted hypervisor requires a Windows 2008 license. both hypervisors use Windows 2008 OS, the difference is that in Hyper-V bare metal Windows 2008 is customized to only run Hyper-V in server code mode, and the hosted edition is the full blown windows 2008 server on which the host server and VMs in it can be used for anything. I chose to run Hyper-V as bare metal on my testing server hardware at home because I plan to setup a mini-enterprise network including exchange 2010 for testing. I guess of what method of setup is better can be disputed but somehow I feel more comfortable running a dedicated host for my VMs,…


In the last post we installed Active Directory on Windows 2008, and we were advised by the AD installation wizard to install DNS right after the reboot. DNS is a required component in order for active directory to work properly. Is highly recommended that you have a healthy DNS server running on your network before you start playing with active directory. Installing DNS login to your Windows 2008 server, and click on the Start button and click on Server Manager. I always advice using the server manager console when installing new services on the server.  when the windows manager console comes up click on Roles on the left side panel, and then click on Add Role on the right side: when you click on the Add Role link, the following window will come up: click on Next. On the following window,…


As you probably know Active Directory stores information about objects on the network and makes this information available to users and network administrators. AD uses domain controllers to give network users access to permitted resources anywhere on the network through a single logon process.  In this article I will go through the installation of active directory on Windows server 2008. Prerequisites Have Windows server 2008 already installed. Have administrative privilege on the system be able to reboot the system any time. Have an NTFS partition with enough free space Things you should keep in mind If you are installing active directory on windows server 2008 for the first time, it must be a global catalog server, it cannot be RODC. NT 4.0 domain controllers are not supported on windows server 2008 anymore. if you still have NT domain controllers on…


If for some reason you can’t change the product key of your Server 2008 under the My Computer Windows Activation option: Do the following. Open the command prompt and change working directory to System32 directory Type in slmgr.vbs -ckms (this clears and KMS entry you may have) Type slmgr.vbs -upk (this removes any product key installed) Type slmgr.vbs -ipk xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx-xxxxx (where the x’s is the new product key you want to use ) Type slmgr.vbs -ato (this activates the server) after doing that, Windows Server 2008 should show up as activated.


After installing Windows 2008 on my VMware Server virtual machine, the first thing I did was to install an anti-virus software. I won’t be browsing the Internet on this server, but it will be always connected to the network, so just in case a Trojan horse tries to find a haven on this machine, is better to have an anti-virus installed.  Read my previous post on the link below. Installing Microsoft Server 2008 On VMware Server 2.0 this is a testing machine using a Windows 2008 trial version, which I’ll have to uninstall after the trial period expires, so for that reason I won’t buy a commercial Antivirus software for a server, but if you are setting up a server for a production environment, I recommend you invest in a more robust antivirus software than Clamwin. One of the limitations of…


Today I will be installing Microsoft Server 2008 on VMware 2.0 for my testing lab; this server will eventually be my testing domain controller. Read my previous article How To Create a Virtual Machine on VMware 2.0 to get up to date on what we have been up to. Getting The Server Ready If you don’t have Windows Server 2008, download the trial version from Microsoft from the following link http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=B6E99D4C-A40E-4FD2-A0F7-32212B520F50&WT.sp=_technet_,dcsjwb9vb00000c932fd0rjc7_5p3t&displaylang=en You can use Windows 2008 in trial mode for up to 6 months. Once you downloaded the ISO image, logon to your VMware Infrastructure Web Access, and click on the virtual machine you created following the tutorial above, then right click on theCD/DVD Drive and select Edit:   Then right at the bottom select ISO Image. Minimize the browser and copy the Windows Server 2008 ISO Image you downloaded from Microsoft to your Virtual…


Ubuntu is probably the most popular Linux distribution, and if you work in the IT field, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to get familiar with it. Ubuntu can be run from a Live CD so you don’t need to install it to start using it, but another alternative is to run it from a virtual PC. Today, we will install Ubuntu 8.10 on Microsoft Virtual PC SP1. Let’s get started. First of all, download Virtual PC 2007 SP 1 from Microsoft website from here. Install it by following the default options. After you have installed virtual PC, download Ubuntu from their website here. After you have downloaded the Ubuntu ISO, run Virtual PC, and click on New: The New Virtual Machine Wizard should come up: Click on Next. on the Options window, choose Create a Virtual Machine: click on Next. Name your…