My Thoughts On IT…

Brian Lewis's Thoughts on all things Information Technology related

imageIf you have been playing with Windows Server “8” and the Windows “8” client like I have then you may want to manage your server from the Windows 8 client. To do that you need the RSAT tools. They need to be downloaded, installed, and then “show administrative tools” needs to be turned on.

 

So you need to  download it from here:

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows “8” Consumer Preview
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=28972

Then you need to install it.

Lastly you need to go into the settings by moving the mouse to the bottom right corner and then select settings when that appears. Lastly turn on the “Show administrative tools”

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Then you can use those tools to manage your servers. Both your server core servers and with the full GUI.

If you want to download Server “8”server you can get it here:
TechNet Windows Server “8” Betahttp://aka.ms/server8cp

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This special edition of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR) provides summarized information from the last 10 years. Where possible, this report includes trend data for the full 10-year period; when data for the full 10-year period is not available, trend data for shorter periods is provided.

I found the report to be part history lesson and part Microsoft information on what we do to combat malware. It was a very easy read and a good overview of the past 10 years in Malware.

You can find the report here: http://aka.ms/sir

Ok, I have had the weekend to play with my Windows Server “8” Beta code and it Rocks! If you haven’t grabbed the code yet you can get it here: http://aka.ms/server8cp

If you are looking at virtualization or building a private cloud this new version of Hyper-v totally rocks! Here are just a few of the new limits in Hyper-v. I will discuss and demonstrate some of the new features in future posts.

Windows Server “8” Beta Hyper-V Scale Metrics:

  1. 160 logical processors per host
  2. 1024 VMs per host
  3. 64 nodes per cluster
  4. 4000 VMs per cluster
  5. 32 virtual processors per VM
  6. 1 TB memory per VM
  7. 64 TB per VHDX file

Yes folks…

Up to 1 TB of memory PER virtual machine. No taxes, no entitlements, no penalty for buying a large scale up server.

Up to 64 TB per VHDX. No, that’s not a typo. That’s really 64 TB per VHDX. You’ll likely run out of physical storage long before you hit any limits in Hyper-V.

In addition, these scalability metrics lead the industry:

  • VMware vSphere 5.0 support up to 32 nodes in a cluster. Windows Server 8 Hyper-V supports 64 nodes. (2x over VMware)
  • VMware vSphere 5.0  supports virtual disks up to 2 TB in size. Windows Server Hyper-V 8 supports virtual disks up to 64 TB in size (32x over VMware)
  • VMware vSphere 5.0 supports 3,000 VMs per cluster.  Windows Server 8 supports 4,000
  • VMware vSphere 5.0 supports 512 VMs per host.  Windows Server 8 supports 1,024

While VMware supports up to 1 TB of memory per VM, you have to purchase vSphere 5.x Enterprise Plus ($3,500 per processor) and then purchase memory entitlements (taxes) to achieve this goal. Hyper-V 8 has no such tax or entitlement. Such taxes are an anathema to our customers. Every version of Windows Server 8 that ships with Hyper-V will support up to 1 TB of memory per VM.

Ok, I have had the weekend to play with my Windows Server “8” Beta code and it Rocks! If you haven’t grabbed the code yet you can get it here: http://aka.ms/server8cp

If you are looking at virtualization or building a private cloud this new version of Hyper-v totally rocks! Here are just a few of the new limits in Hyper-v. I will discuss and demonstrate some of the new features in future posts.

Windows Server “8” Beta Hyper-V Scale Metrics:

  1. 160 logical processors per host
  2. 1024 VMs per host
  3. 64 nodes per cluster
  4. 4000 VMs per cluster
  5. 32 virtual processors per VM
  6. 1 TB memory per VM
  7. 64 TB per VHDX file

Yes folks…

Up to 1 TB of memory PER virtual machine. No taxes, no entitlements, no penalty for buying a large scale up server.

Up to 64 TB per VHDX. No, that’s not a typo. That’s really 64 TB per VHDX. You’ll likely run out of physical storage long before you hit any limits in Hyper-V.

In addition, these scalability metrics lead the industry:

  • VMware vSphere 5.0 support up to 32 nodes in a cluster. Windows Server 8 Hyper-V supports 64 nodes. (2x over VMware)
  • VMware vSphere 5.0  supports virtual disks up to 2 TB in size. Windows Server Hyper-V 8 supports virtual disks up to 64 TB in size (32x over VMware)
  • VMware vSphere 5.0 supports 3,000 VMs per cluster.  Windows Server 8 supports 4,000
  • VMware vSphere 5.0 supports 512 VMs per host.  Windows Server 8 supports 1,024

While VMware supports up to 1 TB of memory per VM, you have to purchase vSphere 5.x Enterprise Plus ($3,500 per processor) and then purchase memory entitlements (taxes) to achieve this goal. Hyper-V 8 has no such tax or entitlement. Such taxes are an anathema to our customers. Every version of Windows Server 8 that ships with Hyper-V will support up to 1 TB of memory per VM.

The Windows “8” client wasn’t the only piece of excitement in the Windows 8 world this week!

The official Windows Server “8” beta release also landed this week and there is so much cool stuff to learn about and share from storage management enhancements to web server improvements to a version of Hyper-V that’s going to blow your mind in what it can do.  Here’s all the info you need to be in the know:

Window Server “8” Beta
We are very excited for the Windows Server “8” beta release this week and the wave of customer, partner, and IT Pro engagement that is kicking off as a result! Windows Server “8” is quite possibly the most significant release of Windows Server ever. See what’s GREAT about “8” for yourself.  View the video today to see for yourself.

Windows Server “8” delivers hundreds of new features and enhancements for transforming virtualization and cloud computing:

  • Beyond Virtualization: Offers a dynamic, multitenant infrastructure to help you scale and secure workloads to build a private cloud.
  • Power of Many Servers, Simplicity of One: Delivers a highly available and easy-to-manage multi-server platform.
  • Every App, Any Cloud: Offers a broad, scalable, and elastic server platform that gives you the flexibility to build and deploy applications and websites on-premises, in the cloud, or across both.
  • Modern Workstyle Enabled: Provides users with flexible access to data and applications while simplifying management and maintaining security, control, and compliance.

Helpful Content

Where to Get It
The beta is available from a variety of different places so I’ll list a few here if you or your customers are interested in taking it for a spin:

The Windows “8” client wasn’t the only piece of excitement in the Windows 8 world this week!

The official Windows Server “8” beta release also landed this week and there is so much cool stuff to learn about and share from storage management enhancements to web server improvements to a version of Hyper-V that’s going to blow your mind in what it can do.  Here’s all the info you need to be in the know:

Window Server “8” Beta
We are very excited for the Windows Server “8” beta release this week and the wave of customer, partner, and IT Pro engagement that is kicking off as a result! Windows Server “8” is quite possibly the most significant release of Windows Server ever. See what’s GREAT about “8” for yourself.  View the video today to see for yourself.

Windows Server “8” delivers hundreds of new features and enhancements for transforming virtualization and cloud computing:

  • Beyond Virtualization: Offers a dynamic, multitenant infrastructure to help you scale and secure workloads to build a private cloud.
  • Power of Many Servers, Simplicity of One: Delivers a highly available and easy-to-manage multi-server platform.
  • Every App, Any Cloud: Offers a broad, scalable, and elastic server platform that gives you the flexibility to build and deploy applications and websites on-premises, in the cloud, or across both.
  • Modern Workstyle Enabled: Provides users with flexible access to data and applications while simplifying management and maintaining security, control, and compliance.

Helpful Content

Where to Get It
The beta is available from a variety of different places so I’ll list a few here if you or your customers are interested in taking it for a spin:

Come join us for an IT Pro Camp at Rasmussen College! Here is the link to sign up. http://tinyurl.com/rasitpro

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untitledToday is a big day for the Windows team. At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain a few moments ago, we unveiled the Windows 8 Consumer Preview to our partners and press. Based on a broad range of feedback, we have made over 100,000 code changes and the Consumer Preview represents a refined product ready for broad and daily usage by those of you willing to test a pre-release OS. You can download the Consumer Preview starting now at http://preview.windows.com.

On this page there is a tool witch will evaluate your pc and let you know what will work and if there are things that may not work. Then it will get you a product ID. Lastly it will download the ISO and help you burn a CD or put it on a USB key.

There are other ways to get the software. Here is the public Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO images page: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/iso

Another way to get the code for customers who have a TechNet or MSDN subscription is to download it from the Subscribers Download section.

Today is an exciting day! (for geeks like me) –Enjoy!

For a great overview of the new OS checkout this page: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/windowsexperience/archive/2012/02/29/introducing-windows-8-consumer-preview.aspx

backgroundWindows Vista and Windows 7 had a new integration that let you integrate programs into the desktop. These were called desktop gadgets.

In Windows 7 if you right click on the desktop select “Gadgets” then a Window with a few built in gadgets comes up. At the bottom right corner is a link that says “Get more gadgets online”. In the past this took you to the Windows Live Gallery with hundreds of gadgets that Windows enthusiasts built. Now it takes you to a page that lists the top 30 gadgets.

I wrote a gadget up there called the RDP Gadget for Windows. The reason I wrote it is because I wanted something that gave me a quick way to remote into my servers that I managed and I didn’t like the other things that were out there. While it wasn’t the most amazing software ever written, I do get request from time to time from people who are looking for it.

So with that in mind I put up the install in my SkyDrive here: https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=c701040168c26972#cid=C701040168C26972&id=C701040168C26972%21134

The file is called RemoteDesktop.gadget. Download it. Double click it and it will install.

If you want to see the source code just change the extension from .gadget to .zip and open it. It is written in html and javascript.

Want a sweet new wallpaper for your desktop? Here is one to support the Microsoft “Smoked by Windows Phone” add campaign. Just click on the photo below to get the full size graphic. Then right click and download photo. Smile

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Watch the challenges on the Windows Phone YouTube Channel:
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLE0328D93355727B7&feature=view_all