Installing Microsoft Windows 8 Developers Preview

I have gotten ahold of the Developers Preview of Windows 8 and figured you guys would like to see the installation.  This is the basic 64bit version.  I’m currently downloading and will be installing the 64bit with developer tools onto a physical box I just freed up for this purpose.  More on that later…

After watching “Microsoft Reimages Windows, Presents Windows 8 Developers Preview” I was extremely excited to get started…

I’m setting Windows 8 up on a Hyper-V virtual.  I’ve also allocated 80GB vhd for this particular virtual which grows as needed.  For this initial installation I’ve given the Virtual 2gigs of memory until installation is complete, then I’ll probably switch it to dynamic memory like my other virtuals.

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Reboots…

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Switches to graphical boot mode at this point.

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Reboots…

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Almost caught that opening screen… it’s a little faded but this is what is displayed just before the personalize screen.

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I keep very close tabs on bandwidth leaving my home… so I never signup for the sending tracking and usage information to anybody… thus I’ll chose the Customize option.

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I try to limit any sharing of anything from workstations due to the servers running within my environment.  If I want to share files, I’ll create a share on a server not the workstation.  Only reason I access workstations is for administrative purposes so I’ll just use the hidden $ shares.

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I know a moment ago I mentioned keeping close tabs on my bandwidth, however I believe security patches are the most important thing to allow.  Thus I’ll allow the system to automatically download and install important patches.

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I turned most of these off, however one is locked down probably due to the developers preview and their desire to receive feedback on that.

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It’s connecting to the online resources for Windows Live now… then asks me to login.

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After a few minutes, Windows 8 is now loaded.

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Clicking the 3rd row 1st icon gave us our classic Desktop view…

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Clicking the start menu brought us back to the Tiled start screen.

Also turns out they’ll send you a confirmation email asking you to validate the connection of your new Windows 8 computer to your Windows Live account…

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I started using windows update to get the very latest fixes and rebooted… I was welcomed by the following login screen:

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A quick click/drag-up and I’m back to the login screen:

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Create a New Virtual with Hyper-V

The simplest way to create a virtual using Hyper-V and Windows 2008r2 SP1 and its Dynamic Memory feature.

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Now let’s modify the dynamic memory features to allow the virtual to take advantage of the new Dynamic Memory allowed by 2008r2 SP1.

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Something else important when it comes to BigFix, is the number of cores utilized when working with virtuals.  In my test lab, I don’t expect to have any more than 100 endpoints, with the typical average hovering around 60-75.  With this in mind a simple setting of 4 cores is probably overkill however I don’t like to limit my virtuals and end up waiting.

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That’s it, glad you dropped by… leave your comments and questions in the comments section below!

Installing BigFix v8.1 Pre-requisites

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First thing you’ll need is the BigFix installable package available at:  http://support.bigfix.com/bes/install/downloadbes.html 

Although these screenshots relate to version 8.1, the pre-requisites part of the installation demonstrated here does not change all that much.

You will also need to remember to get ahold of your masthead file.  Or at least the license file which you will be activating.  I already have an activated license so the process detailed below will show you how to use an already activated masthead file.

 

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That’s it… you now have the pre-requisites installed for this version of Tivoli Endpoint Manager (BigFix).

If you have any questions or comments, please leave them in the comments section below!

Installing Microsoft SQL Server 2008r2

I often find myself having to reinstall software.  I liked the way I installed it last time, but over time something occurred that required a reinstallation.  I don’t have instant recall on a lot of things… thus like much of my blog, I generate articles which assist me in the future.   This article relates to the installation of Microsoft SQL Server 2008r2. 

This outlines how I install this application within my personal test environment.  If you have alternative ways I would love to hear about them in the comments section of this post. 

Not all screen shots have comments, but a few do that require additional explanations.

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I try to leave the firewalls on within my environment in order to promote good security practices.  MS SQL warns me whenever the firewall is on and directs me to a website with details on SQL’s firewall requirements when accessing the server from other systems.  (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=94001)

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When I visit the link, I find I will need to configure the windows firewall to poke a hole for SQL.  Read my SQL Firewall article for details on doing this.

 

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All of my special services are configured with extremely limited domain accounts.  Thus I needed to specify which account the SQL instances will run as.  They are specified here.

 

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I wanted to allow both Domain and Local logins for my SQL server.  Thus I set it up with Mixed mode, configured an “SA” account password and added my domain account to the list of administrators of the DB server.

 

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In the future I want to create a virtual SQL cluster.  In order to pre-plan for that I needed to put the database onto a separate vhd drive.  Thus I setup a separate vhd, mounted it via vSCSI and mounted it as the E:\ Drive.  Now This step shows pointing the database’s “data” drive at this new E:\ drive location.

 

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Now that the base installation is complete, I need to patch-the-hell out of it.  A quick browse of Google and I find that SQL 2008r2 has a published Service PackI wrote a step-by-step guide for installing SP1 here

Leave your comments or suggestions below!