Remote Management Console for Server 2012

Running in core mode means that on the server all the typical UI management that I use to do has all gone and is left to cmd operations. I personally don’t want to remember specific commands and rather would like a point and click way to do things.

I’ve installed the remote server administration tools on my windows 8 dev machine

Just as an aside, why windows doesn’t automatically enable num lock I’ll never know? I guess it helps with laptops but for us PC users I wish there was a way to work out the difference.

Back on topic the interface on windows 8 is quite nice. Very simple and experience is quite painless until I try to connect to the remote server in the server manager.

I followed the steps but I got no objects found with property displaygroup equal to “remote administration” when trying to follow the steps for “To configure Windows Firewall to allow MMC snap-in(s) to connect.”

Will look into how to fix this and post the steps.


Installing Windows Server 2012

Just installing with core and then utilising tools to manage the server. As always with the development builds I do I’m building on my pc which is a windows 7 x64; 24GB; i7 930 that has 3 striped hard disks raid 5 using VMWare workstation 9. Very smooth and easy to use and snapshots are very handy when trying different things.

First I have to say how much smoother Windows installations feel. Not hunting for drivers and basic default settings that seem to not add too much and get the basics in there fast.

Something to learn is the difference between core and GUI management. This will be vital knowledge for the not so distant future.

Managing a Windows 2012 server with Core installation (Requires Windows 8)

Some Tips:

  1. Take a snapshot before you select the type of installation. This gives you the      option once installed to create a clone from that point.
  2. In Development sometimes its better to be able to administer test servers not in the same domain. This command is a great way to do this cmdkey /add:<ServerName> /user:<UserName> /pass:<password>  To be prompted for a password, omit the /pass option. (Detail in the technet link above)

Windows App Store Registration

Setting up my app store for So the price is $55 and I have to do a verfication through my credit card for initial setup. Shame there is no paypal integration. Location of windows 8 app store

Submitting apps –

Getting started in development:

Set a developer license Powershell as administrator. Run command Show-WindowsDeveloperLicenseRegistration. Login with mcp account and license is granted.

Activating Windows 8

When trying to activate the version of Windows 8 that I had it told me that it couldn’t at this time. So searching around I found this post that gave clear instructions on how to fix it.

Some more tips I learned from this:

  1. To get to the command prompt and run as administrator you have to go to all apps (in the charms/apps section right click on the open space and click all apps) and then find it and right click getting the menu at the bottom to allow you to run as
  2. To uninstall the current license run this command “slmgr -upk”
  3. Go back to the activate settings screen and put in the new licence key
  4. Win+d takes you to the desktop

First Impressions of Windows 8

Windows 8 is good but it will be frustrating to most users familiar with the traditional windows interface. I approached it blind without any tutorials or help documents as most users will.

Three Quick tips.

  1. The windows button on your keyboard flicks between the app view and the desktop view and is the easiest way to exit apps
  2. Traditional menus don’t seem to exist in apps and are replaced by contextual menus or “Charms” menu. Took me a while to work that one out when trying to add accounts for outlook.
  3. Explorer (the way you browse your files) is found on the traditional view. You get there by pressing the windows button on your keyboard.

These are just my first impressions and I can see where Microsoft is going with this but I think businesses will be slow to adopt Windows 8 due to the radical change.