Archive | November 2013

Windows Server 2012/2012R2 education resources

 

When you plan to take some Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 education, you may check following resources which may help you in gaining an experience in those technologies. This is probably only part of available resources but might be helpful on your education road.

First of all, you could download evaluation versions from official Microsoft web site

There is also full free version of Microsoft Hyper-V Server. You may use it without any restrictions or limitations for test purposes and in production environment(s):

More information about new features implemented in those Microsoft products are available at Technet:

There are a lot of great Windows Server 2012/2012R2 courses at Microsoft Virtual Academy, i.e

and many, many more at Microsoft Virtual Academy

You have also possibility to learn using free Microsoft Virtual Labs for Windows Server 2012 where you are able to test case studies prepared by them.

I hope this short extract of free education resources will help you in gaining knowledge and preparing to Microsoft official exams.

Author: Krzysztof Pytko

Windows Server 2008R2 in-place upgrade to Windows Server 2012/2012R2

 

Previous article showed that in-place upgrade from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012 is possible only if it has Hyper-V role configured and it is impossible to do that on Windows Server 2012 R2.

Situation looks much better when you plan to do in-place upgrade of Windows Server 2008 R2 into Windows Server 2012/2012R2. This is supported but requires some administrator’s attention before server will be upgraded.

Below you can find some hints for that process.

First of all, you need to evaluate if software installed on your Windows Server 2008 R2 is compatible and supported on Windows Server 2012/2012R2. When you find any incompaticle software you need to

  • upgrade it to supported version before OS upgrade (recommended action)
  • uninstall it from the server before OS upgrade
  • leave it as is but remember that Windows Server after in-place upgrade may not function properly

Important! Some applications may be compatible with Windows Server 2012/2012R2 but their version might not be sufficient to support full application features. You need to evaluate it also before OS in-place upgrade.

When all appropriate steps were taken, are able to start in-place upgrade. To do that follow procedure listed below

Start Windows Server 2012/2012R2 setup wizard from DVD media

Windows setup wizard

Windows Server 2012 setup wizard

Windows Server 2012 R2 setup wizard

Windows Server 2012 R2 setup wizard

Wait for Windows to copy necessary files to the server

Setup is copying necessary files

Setup is copying necessary files

Setup is starting

Setup is starting

When those files were copied to local hard drive, you should go on-line and install all new Windows Server 2008 R2 updates (recommended)

Note! The Internet connection will be required!

Updating Windows Server 2008 before in-place ugrade

Updating Windows Server 2008 R2 before in-place ugrade

Wait for system update to finish the process

Windows Server 2008 R2 on-line update

Windows Server 2008 R2 on-line update

At this moment you have to provide valid Windows Server 2012/2012R2 product key to start installation

Provide valid Windows Server 2012/2012R2 product key

Provide valid Windows Server 2012/2012R2 product key

When system is updated, you’ll see a screen where you need to choose appropriate Windows Server 2012 edition to which you want to upgrade Windows Server 2008 R2

Select Windows Server 2012 edition to install

Select Windows Server 2012 edition to install

Accept license terms and go to the next step

License terms

License terms

Now, everything is ready to start in-place upgrade. Click on “Upgrade: Install Windows and keep files, settings, and applications

In-place upgrade initiation

In-place upgrade initiation

Review applications compatibility report and if there are no errors, continue the installation

Compatibility report

Compatibility report

Compatibility report

Compatibility report

Windows Server upgrade will start

Windows Server 2012 upgrade progress

Windows Server 2012 upgrade progress

During the upgrade process, several actions will be executed like:

  • collecting files
  • collecting settings
  • collecting applications
Windows Server 2012 upgrade progress

Windows Server 2012 upgrade progress

In the next step, Windows Server will install its own files

Windows Server 2012 upgrade progress

Windows Server 2012 upgrade progress

Your server will be restarted when all files were extracted. During system restart, you have short time to decide if you wish to continue in-place upgrade or you want to roll back to the previous Windows Server 2008 R2 OS

Windows Server 2012 upgrade progress

Windows Server 2012 upgrade progress

Windows Server 2012 starts preparing itself for devices configuration

Windows Server 2012 upgrade progress

Windows Server 2012 upgrade progress

Windows Server 2012 upgrade progress

Windows Server 2012 upgrade progress

The server will be restarted to finalize settings

Windows Server 2012 upgrade progress

Windows Server 2012 upgrade progress

and finally, logon screen will appear. That means the in-place upgrade process has been finished.

Windows Server 2012/2012R2 logon screen

Windows Server 2012/2012R2 logon screen

That’s all!

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Author: Krzysztof Pytko

Windows Server 2008 in-place upgrade to Windows Server 2012/2012R2

 

This topic is about Windows Server 2008 in-place upgrade to Windows Server 2012/2012R2. Article will be really short because there is no possibility to do in-place upgrade of Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2012/2012R2 when it has no Hyper-V role configured.

The only one supported in-place upgarde is possible when your Windows Server 2008 has Hyper-V role configured.

Windows Server 2008 in-place upgrade to Windows Server 2012

When you insert Windows Server 2012 installation media on Windows Server 2008 and you’ll run setup.exe or autostart will do that, you will be able to start in-place installation process

Windows setup wizard

Windows setup wizard

Click on “Install now” button to initiate setup. Wizard will copy necessary files to start in-place upgrade process

Setup is copying necessary files

Setup is copying necessary files

Setup is starting

Setup is starting

Now, you should go on-line and install the lates Windows Server 2008 updates before you will continu in-place upgrade

Note! The Internet connection is required!

Updating Windows Server 2008 before in-place ugrade

Updating Windows Server 2008 before in-place ugrade

When all updates are applied you need to provide product key for this installation

Provide valid Windows Server 2012/2012R2 product key

Provide valid Windows Server 2012 product key

after that choose Windows Server 2012 edition to which you want to upgrade current Windows Server 2008

Select Windows Server 2012 edition to install

Select Windows Server 2012 edition to install

Accept license terms and go to the next step

License terms

License terms

Now, you can initiate in-place upgrade installation. Choose “Upgrade: Install Windows and keep files,settings, and applications

In-place upgrade initiation

In-place upgrade initiation

When you click to start in-place upgrade, setup wizard starts to check if there is any incompatible software on Windows Server 2008. In this case that process is skipped because of unsupported scenario. You will notice an error stating that you cannot do in-place upgrade to Windows Server 2012 (GUI or non-GUI installation) if no Hyper-V role is configured on the current server.

No in-place upgrade support for GUI edition of Windows Server 2012

No in-place upgrade support for GUI edition of Windows Server 2012

No in-place upgrade support for non-GUI edition of Windows Server 2012

No in-place upgrade support for non-GUI edition of Windows Server 2012

and that’s all in this case. Unfortunatelly, you need to do clean Windows Server 2012 installation.

Windows Server 2008 in-place upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2

In this scenario, in-place upgrade path is shorter because when you start Windows Server 2012 R2 setup wizard, you get an error that this is not possible at all. Does not matter if current Windows Server 2008 has Hyper-V role configured or not. In-place upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2 is not supported at all.
When you try to do that, you see an error similar to that below

Windows Server 2012 R2 setup wizard error

Windows Server 2012 R2 setup wizard error

That’s all, you need to use workaround in this case. First of all you have to perform in-place upgrade from Windows Server 2008 to Windows Server 2008 R2 and then to Windows Server 2012

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Author: Krzysztof Pytko

Microsoft Technology Questions – Question 1

 

Finally, I found some time to start something new on my blog 🙂

This time, I’ve decided to start a serie of Microsoft Technology Questions (MTQ).  Its form may be familiar for many of you who did take a Microsoft official exam. This form is only one common thing with official Microsoft exam. I will defintively NOT publish official questions from the real exams here. So, those people who are looking for exact questions for Microsoft exams will be disappointed!

I’ll try to publish in a monthly basis one Microsoft technology related question invented by me. The question will be prepared by me, based on my experience and you won’t find it anywhere before it will be published here 🙂 So, do not search the Internet to find an answer 😉

After two weeks, I will update particular post with an answer, containing detailed explanation. I would like to start sharing knowledge with you using this form.

I hope you would love this idea and we will meet here regularly to learn something new! 🙂

Please feel free to discuss this idea and comment the question. I would love to hear if the idea is worth developing or not.

So, let’s start with the first question. The answer will be provided in two weeks from now.

QUESTION

You are working in TESTENV company as Domain Administrator. There is a single forest, single domain environment.
All Domain Controllers are running on Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 and they are physical machines.
FSMO roles are split. Both, forest and domain functional levels are set up to Windows Server 2003.

You need to promote two new Domain Controllers using the least administrative effort. One based on Windows Server 2008R2 and one based on Windows Server 2012.

How would you do that?
More than one answer is appropriate, choose the most suitable to the above requirements.

ANSWERS

A)
– Run adprep from Windows Server 2008R2 media
– Promote new Windows Server 2008R2 Domain Controller
– Run adprep from Windows Server 2012 media
– Promote new Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller
B)
– Run adprep from Windows Server 2012 media
– Promote Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller
– Run adprep from Windows Server 2008R2 media
– Promote Windows Server 2008R2 Domain Controller
C)
– Promote Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller
– Promote Windows Server 2008R2 Domain Controller
D)
– Run adprep from Windows Server 2008R2 media
– Promote Windows Server 2008R2 Domain Controller
– Decommission all Windows Server 2003R2 Domain Controllers
– Run adprep from Windows Server 2012 media
– Promote Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller
E)
– Run adprep from Windows Server 2008R2 media
– Promote Windows Server 2008R2 Domain Controller
– Promote Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller

Author: Krzysztof Pytko

Decommissioning Windows Server 2012 R2 Domain Controller

 

When you wish to do this action, please be informed that nothing has changed from the previous (Windows Server 2012) operating system release. That means, all those steps from Windows Server 2012 are still valid for Windows Server 2012 R2.

I would not rewrite that article again, and if you are interested please read the article about Decommissioning Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller on my blog.

I hope you would find it useful.

Author: Krzysztof Pytko

Adding additional Domain Controller (Windows Server 2012 R2)

 

When you wish to do this action, please be informed that nothing has changed from the previous (Windows Server 2012) operating system release. That means, all those steps from Windows Server 2012 are still valid for Windows Server 2012 R2.

I would not rewrite that article again, and if you are interested please read the article about Adding additional Domain Controller (Windows Server 2012) on my blog.

I hope you would find it useful.

Author: Krzysztof Pytko

Adding first Windows Server 2012 R2 Domain Controller within Windows 2003/2008/2008R2/2012 network

 

When you wish to do this action, please be informed that nothing has changed from the previous (Windows Server 2012) operating system release. That means, all those steps from Windows Server 2012 are still valid for Windows Server 2012 R2.

I would not rewrite that article again, and if you are interested please read the article about Adding first Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller within Windows 2003/2008/2008R2 network on my blog.

I hope you would find it useful.

Author: Krzysztof Pytko

Configuring a forest root domain on Windows Server 2012 R2

 

When you wish to do this action, please be informed that nothing has changed from the previous (Windows Server 2012) operating system release. That means, all those steps from Windows Server 2012 are still valid for Windows Server 2012 R2 but you need to remember about one imporatnt thing. When you are configuring new forest root domain then you cannot set up Windows Server 2003 Domain or Forest Functional Level. The lowest possible mode is Windows Server 2008. You need to know that when you are planning new infrastructure because Windows Server 2003 Domain Controllers are not supported in this scenario.

Setting up Windows Server 2012 R2 forest root domain

Setting up Windows Server 2012 R2 forest root domain

I would not rewrite that article again, and if you are interested please read the article about Configuring a forest root domain on Windows Server 2012 on my blog.

If you wish, you may also view a video on my Youtube channel. It is without voice but I will try to fix that in the nearest future 🙂

I hope you would find it useful.

Author: Krzysztof Pytko