Posts Tagged Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows 2008R2 and Exchange 2007 – Supported or not…??

Server administrators be warned; if you’re looking at Windows Server 2008 R2 you need to be aware it is not currently supporting Microsoft Exchange 2007 on this platform. Instead, you must upgrade to Exchange 2010.

This news was made public via the Microsoft Exchange Team blog when discussing rollup 9 for Exchange Server 2007 service pack 1.
Specifically, the Exchange Team note that one of the fixes in the RU is “Support for Windows Server 2008 R2 Domain Controllers in the environment” adding the disclaimer “Note: Exchange Server 2007 itself is not supported to be installed on a Windows Server 2008 R2 system.”

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Windows Server 2008R2 + TinyURL =

server2008r2logo We’ve all used a URL shortening service before (see my posting about which ones are making waves here: so I thought, let’s get the community involved – which is what I like doing 🙂 – and do this with Windows Server 2008 R2.

Now that Server 2008R2 is out in the wild, you can download it if you belong to MSDN or TechNet Plus (if you don’t have one of these subscriptions, ask yourself why!?!? you need one).  At any rate, say you don’t have a subscription, you can easily download and demo Windows Server 2008 R2 from the TechNet Eval Centre using this URL:

Ugh!  What a horrible URL to remember, eh?  Ok, now lets get TinyURL involved.  We pop over to, plug in the URL above and request:

for Windows Server 2008 R2 and presto, we’re in business.  So, for those of you who’ve made it this far…in summary, go evaluate Windows Server 2008R2 (remember it only runs on the x64 platform).  You’ll like what’s on offer!!

Watch this space soon for the Windows 7 eval and hey, who knows, maybe we can get a cool TinyURL for that one too!

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Windows Server 2008R2 – Server Core Step-By-Step Guide

A new version of the Server Core step by step guide has been posted to TechNet, which includes the new Windows Server 2008 R2 commands (DISM.exe, new roles/features, etc):

Read online:

Download as a Word doc:

In addition to the new step by step guide for Server Core, there are also two job aids now available. These have some commonly used commands on a single sheet of paper that can be folded up and carried with you. A version for Windows Server 2008 and a version that includes some of the new Windows Server 2008 R2 commands are available at:


Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 availability

Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 will be finalized in the second half of July, which is when they will become available for Partners and MSDN also and broadly available (Stores, on new PCs) at the End of October!!!

Windows Server Division Weblog:

Windows 7 Teamblog:


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TechEd – Windows Server 2008 & Edge

Erdal and I speak with Joey Snow about Server 2008 R2 and also Springboard (sorry about the sound, we’ll try and get a better take on this one)

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x86 (32 bit) versus x64 (64 bit)


Recently Microsoft gave us the opportunity to look at Windows 7 and Windows 2008 Server R2.  The later brings up a topic that some think of, some don’t worry about and others take for granted.

With the upcoming release of Windows Server 2008 R2, your hardware MUST (yes I repeat) MUST run 64 bit.  You CANNOT run Windows Server 2008 R2 in a 32 bit environment.  Again, like stated earlier, some of us will take that for granted as we have been running our servers in an x64 environment to take advantage of more memory for years, others of us won’t worry about it as we we won’t thing about it as we’ll be doing fresh installs and it won’t come to light, but I guarantee you and quote me, there will be a handful of those out there that will cry bloody murder as they try to upgrade their x86 Windows Server 2008 Standard to Windows Server 2008 R2 and wonder why it won’t do that.

Are you in that category? Have you been installing x64 editions for a while?  Are you anticipating the 64 bit only release of Server 2008 R2?

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Server 2008R2 Forest Level – Recycling!

recycle bin

Everyone’s favourite little saviour, the Recycle Bin.  Well, good news, it’s now in Windows Server 2008R2.  It’s already been there you say?  No, I don’t mean if you accidentally delete a file, I mean if you accidentally delete things in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). Yep, that’s right.


It’s a new forest level "Windows Server 2008R2" which introduces the option to CYA on accidental delete.  Next thing we’ll be asking for is for it to be mapped to Control-Z 🙂

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Mount a VHD in Windows 7 Natively

The good things are coming in by the droves.  In Windows 7 (and Windows 2008 R2) you can fire up disk manager and manipulate VHD’s as if they were real disks:

disk management-vhd manip

If you choose Create, it even gives you the option to create a dynamically expanding or fixed size disk…Good stuff.

Watch this space for more information on how to boot from .vhd even (right now you can only boot Windows 7 or Windows 2008 R2, but lets hope in the RTM of both you can booth other VHD’s)!

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