Installing Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

This blogs walks you thru the installation process of standalone edition of Microsoft’s server virtualization platform, i.e. Hyper-V Server 2012 R2Hyper-V Server 2012 R2. Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 is a hypervisor-based server virtualization product that enables you to consolidate workloads, helping your organization improve server utilization and reduce costs.Below are the quick and easy steps with screenshots of the process.

First, start the computer from the installation media. You can get the media either from your Microsoft subscription or from here.
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Click <Install now> , and then accept the license terms.
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As the installation proceeds, the computer will restart several times. When the installation is complete, you will have the opportunity to set up the Administrator account credential.

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Click <OK>.
Type a strong password for the Administrator account, confirm it, and then press ENTER. Finally, you get to see the welcome screen which is not really kind of <welcoming>. Smile

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Difference between Windows 8 and Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 is a new package of services that includes new features as a totally new Operating System. Windows 8.1 is free for all users of Windows 8. Upgrading to Windows 8.1 adds hundreds of new features and functionality of Windows 8 without removing existing features, and is completely free to all existing users of Windows 8.

 

Upgrading from Windows 8.1 is based largely on assessments that Microsoft has received from millions of Windows 8 users in the last year. This update is supposed to encourage users of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 to upgrade to the latest version of Windows i.e Windows 8.1 . Windows 8.1 adds new Start button button to switch easily to the Home screen and desktop, settings to customize the home screen, the option to automatically set as desktop background screen, an easier way to turn off and restart the PC and hundreds of other features.

Below are the main features added to Windows 8.1 which were not available in windows 8.

  1. Start Screen
  2. Lock Screen slideshow
  3. Internet Explorer 11
  4. Extra Large and Small tiles
  5. Use desktop background as Start screen background
  6. Slide to shutdown
  7. All apps screen
  8. Shutdown and restart options in Win + X menu
  9. Updated PC settings
  10. Click to call i Internet Explorer 11
  11. Sync Start screen layout across PCs
  12. Support for touch-pad gestures out of the box
  13. Uninstall multiple apps at once
  14. Uninstall apps from multiple PCs at once
  15. Network behavior monitoring in Defender
  16. new Start Screen Patterns
  17. Sync Internet Explorer tabs across PCs
  18. Snap up to three apps on each screen
  19. Calculator app
  20. Alarm app
  21. Outlook 2013 RT
  22. Reading List
  23. New Windows Store
  24. New SkyDrive app

June Roundup of WinServer Community

In its endeavor to provide a forum for IT professional to enable them to develop a culture of sharing and learning, WinServer Community organized its monthly roundup for June at Unlimited Technologies, Unlimited Building, Khichapokhari, Opp Pashupati Plaza in Kathmandu, NEPAL on Friday, June 21, 2013. Total of 44 people attended the meeting.

The monthly roundup focused on the following topics.

• Windows Azure

• AD DS

• SQL Administration

•IPv6 Basics

The community meeting started at around 3:40pm with an introductory presentation about WinServer Community, its plans and objectives by Pradeep Kandel. Pradeep, Technical Specialist at Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal then talked about Windows Azure, the cloud computing infrastructure. As the world is moving towards the cloud, the presentation on this topic beckoned significance to the meeting attendees.

 

(Photo 1: Pradeep Kandel introducing WinServer Community and Windows Azure in the Monthly Roundup)

(Photo 2: Basant Shrestha delivering session on IPV6 and its various features.)

The next presentation was delivered by Basant Shrestha. He presented about the next level of communication protocol- IPv6: Features, advantages and limitations in today’s world of computing where billions of devices are digitally connected through IP. Mr. Basant is a freelancer and provides technical consultancy to Jagadamba Group in Nepal.

The next presentation was from Prakash Shrestha, Database Lecturer/ Module Lead from Islington College. He presented about SQL Server and its features. He gave a brief introduction on SQL Server 2012 and also further talked about its new features and how SQL Server 2012 was an improvement over its predecessors.

 

(Photo 3: Suprasiddha Tamrakar talking about AD DS and its features.)
(Photo 4: Allen Tuladhar talking about Windows as a Client & Consumerization)
(Photo 5: Prakash Shrestha talking about SQL Server features.)

 

After the session on SQL, the community witnessed the presence of Allen Bailochan Tuladhar, Country Director for Microsoft Innovation Center in Nepal.  The community participants were glad to see his unexpected presence who briefly talked about Windows Client and Consumerization and related topics based on his experiences. Also, as a supporter for the WinServer Community, he raised few questions in the meeting on how MIC Nepal could help WinServer Community to grow further and become more meaningful to the target audience in the upcoming days. He assured the community members that MIC Nepal is ready to help WinServer Community in all possible ways.

The final presentation was by Suprasiddha Tamrakar on Active Directory Domain Services. Active Directory (AD) is a directory service for Windows domain networks. Mr. Suprasiddha, Technical Specialist from MIC Nepal beautifully explained the need for Domain Services for medium to large sized organizations along with some of its features and functionalities.  The roundup concluded around 6:00 PM. Many thanks to Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal for serving light refreshments to the participants.

Community Poll

Acharya Sandesh says:

“Today, WinServer Meeting monthly round up at MIC was great. Learned so many things about new technologies. Hope to explore and learned more in the upcoming round up. Hope to see the same participants in the next meeting.”

निरन्जन बस्नेत says:

“Had awesome roundup meeting for Win server community!!!! Learned a lot about SQL server 2012, Windows Azure, and Active Directory!!!! Presenters were great while giving us technical overviews of recent technology!!! Looking forward to attend further roundups.”

Nitesh Shrestha says:

“Really awesome presentations. Got to learn something new. Awesome as always. Got to see Allen sir presenting. Totally new experience.”

Khanal Sandeep says:

“Being on the meeting for the first time was fun. Win Server Community, Keep being Awesome!”

PHOTO GALLERY

Photo 6: Some snaps taken from the community meeting.

WinServer Community is in:

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/winservernepal

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/winservernepal

Twitter: https://twitter.com/winservernepal

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WinServer Community to organize July Session!

Greetings from WinServer Community in Kathmandu!

Join us for a 2 hours long technical community monthly roundup where you will learn technology on Windows Server infrastructure and cloud computing platform: Windows Azure. Are you ready to discover the capabilities in infrastructure configuring, deployment, administering and monitoring? Get ready for several presenters as they go through the Windows Infrastructure environment and learn how it delivers an end-to-end technology management stack through advanced integration with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Azure.

TOPIC OUTLINE

01 | Windows Server 2012:

Windows Server powers many of the worlds’ largest datacenters, enables small businesses around the world, and delivers value to organizations of all sizes in between. Windows Server 2012 redefines the server category, delivering hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning virtualization, networking, storage, user experience, cloud computing, automation, and more. Simply put, Windows Server 2012 helps you transform your IT operations to reduce costs and deliver a whole new level of business value.

02 | Windows Azure

Windows Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters.

Windows Azure enables you to use any language, framework, or tool to build applications. Features and services are exposed using open REST protocols. The Windows Azure client libraries are available for multiple programming languages, and are released under an open source license and hosted on GitHub.

Register Today

Event Details

July 19, 2013 (Friday)

3:30pm – 5:30pm (Kathmandu Time Zone) what time is this in my time zone?

Venue: Unlimited Technologies, Unlimited Building, Khichapokhari, Opp Pashupati Plaza, Kathmandu, NEPAL

Cost: Free

Audience: IT Professionals, IT & Engineering Students, Technology Geeks

Prerequisites: There is no prerequisite as such, however registration is compulsory since we have very limited seats. Registration can be done here. Moreover, this monthly roundup is tailored for IT Professionals/ IT & Engineering students who have a general understanding of  Cloud platform and Server Infrastructure technologies.

 

About WinServer Community:

clip_image002WinServer Community is a non-for-profit community, a forum for IT Pros by IT Pros. The main motto of the community is ‘to share is to care’ and ‘in teaching do we learn’. Finding answers. Sharing ideas. Solving problems. Whatever your goals, the WinServer Community is primarily a IT Pro users group that would help you get more out of the latest server technologies. WinServer Community is expected to help IT Professionals, IT & Engineering Students, administrators deploy Windows Server technologies on the Internet and within the enterprise, specifically to:

» improve core technology disciplines in Windows Server environment.

» expose members to technologies and best practices not normally found in our day-to-day jobs.

» invite speakers from both Microsoft and non-Microsoft resources.

» incubate and encourage a great peer-peer sharing and support ecosystem.

Online presence of WinServer Community:

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/winserver/

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/WinserverCommunity

Twitter: https://twitter.com/winsrvcommunity

 

Thank you!

WinServer Community Roundup for June, 2013

WinServer Community is back again for the second time to organize ‘WinServer Community Roundup Meeting’ for IT Pros, IT & engineering students and other technology enthusiasts for the month of June, 2013. This is a two hours long multiple sessions type event that focus on Windows Server infrastructure environment.The FREE to Attend Roundup will focus on the following topics this month.

  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Azure
  • AD DS
  • SQL Administration

More details:

Subject: WinServer Community Roundup for the Month of June, 2013

When: Friday, June 21, 2013 3:30 PM-5:30 PM (UTC+05:45) Kathmandu.

Where: Unlimited Technologies, Unlimited Building, Khichapokhari, Opp Pashupati Plaza, Kathmandu, NEPAL

Registration is compulsory. To register: Kindly click here: http://sdrv.ms/11TfmU9 so that we reserve a seat for you. See you!

 

 

About WinServer Community:

winserver logoWinServer Community is a non-for-profit community, a forum for IT Pros by IT Pros. The main motto of the community is ‘to share is to care’ and ‘in teaching do we learn’.

Finding answers. Sharing ideas. Solving problems. Whatever your goals, the WinServer Community is primarily a IT Pro users group that would help you get more out of the latest server technologies. WinServer Community is expected to help IT and Engineering Students, IT Professionals, administrators deploy Windows Server technologies on the Internet and within the enterprise, specifically to:

 

» improve core technology disciplines in Windows Server environment.

» expose members to technologies and best practices not normally found in our day-to-day jobs.

» invite speakers from both Microsoft and non-Microsoft resources.

» incubate and encourage a great peer-peer sharing and support ecosystem.

Online presence of WinServer Community:

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/winservernepal

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/winservernepal

Twitter: https://twitter.com/winservernepal

WinServer Community organizes first ever Monthly Roundup Meeting

imageMay 31, 2013, Kathmandu, NEPAL: WinServer Community organized the first ever monthly community roundup meeting focused for IT and engineering students, IT Professionals working in core Windows Server technologies and other technology enthusiasts in the premises of Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal, New Road, Kathmandu today. The event was planned for the month of May, 2013. Total of 76 people registered online for the event while 33 people could actually made it to the face-to face community roundup meeting.

Pradeep Kandel, one of the members of WinServer Community initiated the meeting with opening remarks on the aims and objectives of launching WinServer Community followed by basic introduction of speakers and participants of the community roundup meeting. With the slogan of ‘growing together’, the community focused on sharing and making the WinServer Community as a platform to share peer-to-peer knowledge sharing in Windows Server infrastructure experience. The session was followed by a technical presentation yet again by Pradeep Kandel on Virtualization technologies with light on Hyper-V. imageHyper-V is a virtualization platform that helps organizations of all sizes realize considerable cost savings and operational efficiencies. With industry leading size and scale, Hyper-V is the platform to run your mission critical workloads. Using Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V, you can take advantage of new hardware technology, while still utilizing the servers you already have. This way you can virtualize today, and be ready for the future.

Deepankar Udaya, another speaker of the monthly roundup delivered an interesting presentation on getting hands on with PowerShell. Windows PowerShimageell® is a task-based command-line shell and scripting language designed especially for system administration. Built on the .NET Framework, Windows PowerShell helps IT professionals and power users control and automate the administration of the Windows operating system and applications that run on Windows.

Deepankar showed few demos on how using PowerShell script could drastically lower the volume of codes that is to be written on legacy Command prompt for the similar purpose. Participants were excited about the power of PowerShell and had lots of queries concerning the topic.

The third session was taken over by Suprasiddha Tamrakar who delivered a presentation on Windows server 2012 Sever Core and its features. Server Core is a minimal server installation option for computers running on the operating system. Server Core provides a low-maintenance server environment with limited functionality. As in Windows Server image2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012 offers Full Server and Server Core installation options. A demo on starting with Windows Server 2012, how it is possible to transition between Full Server and Server Core without reinstalling the operating system was shown in the roundup.

In conclusion, the meeting was successfully run for a period of 2 hours. Started at 4:00PM, the meeting ended at sharp 6:10PM. Special thanks to Microsoft Innovation Center Nepal for providing the venue for the roundup and the refreshment that was served in the mid-session of the meeting.

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About WinServer Community:

WinServer Community is a non-for-profit community, a forum for IT Pros by IT Pros. The main motto of the community is ‘to share is to care’ and ‘in teaching do we learn’.

Finding answers. Sharing ideas. Solving problems. Whatever your goals, the WinServer Community is primarily a IT Pro users group that would help you get more out of the latest server technologies. WinServer Community is expected to help IT and Engineering Students, IT Professionals, administrators deploy Windows Server technologies on the Internet and within the enterprise, specifically to:

   » improve core technology disciplines in Windows Server environment.

  » expose members to technologies and best practices not normally found in our day-to-day jobs.

  » invite speakers from both Microsoft and non-Microsoft resources.

  » incubate and encourage a great peer-peer sharing and support ecosystem.

Online presence of WinServer Community:

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/winsernepal

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/winservernepal

Twitter: https://twitter.com/winservernepal