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Windows Server 2012 Server Manager

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Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 has added some great features. It is totally redesigned and response time is much faster, no more waiting. It allows System Administrators to better manage and view their servers. You can now group servers together for viewing alerts, can remotely deploy roles and features, perform tasks on multiple servers at a time, and add servers from a few different generations of Windows Server.

Below I have shown some of these features.

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When you click on the Notification Menu item this will show you all notifications related to Server Manager and any task, to the left of that icon you will see the Refresh icon, this will allow you to refresh the items on the Dashboard.

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The Manage Menu Item gives you quick access to the follow items, and gives the ability to add other servers to your console.

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You can also add multi servers to Server Manager to manage from one central location. With this you can have a single pan of glass for management, or event viewing. Server Manager can manage more than Server 2012, it can also manage server 2008/R2/2003/R2 they will just need to have WinRM 3.0 installed.

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You can also place servers in Groups, this way you will be able to display a subset of Events. You could group all DC’s, Exchange Servers, or Web Servers.

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As you can see from the list below, these are the different task you can manage from the server.

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From the Server Manager Properties you can set the refresh interval (Range from 1-14400), and set the server manager to not start at logon.

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Tools Menu gives you access to many of the tools you may use on a daily basis, without having to look for them in the start menu or control panel.

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From the View Menu, you can change the Zoom, but the most useful feature here is to hide the Welcome Tile.

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This is the welcome tile, you can hide this with the hide button or from the View menu.

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As you add more Roles to your Server the left hand side of the Server Manager Window will populate

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As you can see from the File and Storage Services Role

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The Local server section is where you can change all the local settings, such as computer name, IP addressing, Updates, and many other things. One thing to keep in mind anytime you change one of these settings, it will not reflect the change on the screen. You need to click TASKS in the top right hand corner and then select refresh. As you scroll more down the page, you will also find this is where you can look at events, BPA, Features/Roles, and even view performance metrics.

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The All Servers location is very similar to the Local Server, however it will allow you to manage more than one system, and will show you statistics for more than one server. The dashboard will also reflect all the information collected from all the servers you have in your Server Manager Console.

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Written by rickrbyrne

August 19, 2012 at 7:07 pm

Windows Server 2012 RC Install

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Been fairly busy lately, haven’t had a whole lot of time to play in the LAB. Today decided it would be a great day to sit and relax and catch up on some things. Following screen shots are just from a base install of Windows Server 2012 RC with GUI. Nothing fancy at all Smileor advanced.

I’m using my lab to run W2k12 as a VM, the lab is running ESXi 5.0.0 768111 anything less and you will get issues trying to install the RC version.

Once you have the VM configured, which I have only assigned 1 CPU/2 RAM/60 GB Disk this VM is just to look at the install and have a browse at some new features and the GUI

This is the first screen you will see when you power on the VM and load the ISO

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At this point you will get to pick your regional settings.

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At this point you are prompted to install the OS, or repair your OS if there is problems.

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With the RC version you have to options to Chose, either Server Core Installation or Server with a GUI. For this install I am going to chose GUI, another blog I will go ahead and just pick the core version.

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Of course the “License Terms” Accept and on your go.

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As you can see the install is very similar to Windows Server 2008 R2/Windows 7/Windows 8 which we all expected.

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Pick your drive to install on.

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At this point you can walk away. But don’t go for very long, the entire install process took only 25 Minutes.

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In total I counted 2 Reboots that occur, but they are very quick.

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Go ahead and chose a password. One new feature I noticed on this screen is that you can show your password, this allows you to make sure you are typing the correct information in both boxes. In the dialog box, when you have it selected there will be a little Black Circle with a half Circle underneath it. To display your password click and hold, if you do not click and hold you will not be able to see your password.

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You can also use accessibility options, and change the keyboard layout.

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the install is complete. As you see from below the screen for logon is different. But not in a bad way.

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Type in your password

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Wait for your profile to setup.

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Once your profile is complete you are brought to the Server Manager.

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As you can see the install is very straight forward. This is all I am going to show in this post, but I plan to show more as I play more with Windows Server 2012 RC.

Written by rickrbyrne

August 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm