Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 & VMware Workstation Server Config 2

Windows 8/Windows Server 2012 & VMware Workstation Server Config 2

In this post, we will explore the new features of Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and VMware Workstation

The Sandbox contains ISO images for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

If you are using VMware Workstation, you will need to download and install Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 evaluation copies. ISO images are found at the links below. You will need a Microsoft Live account to register for the evaluation software and download it. You may use Windows 8.1 instead of Windows 8, and Windows Server 2012 R2 instead of Windows Server 2012 if you wish.

Evaluation software:

Current versions: – from this page, you can download evaluation copies of Windows 8.1 Enterprise and Windows Server 2012 R2.

Older versions: – from this page, you can download evaluation copies of Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.

Evaluation software does not require a key. The non-evaluation software requires a key during installation.

When installing these operating systems as VMware Workstation 8 or 9 virtual machines, you will have to indicate to VMware that they are Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2 and choose the option to install the OS later. See the document “Installing Windows 8 on VMware Workstation 9” attached to the lab assignment on Blackboard. For the server OS, choose the “Standard Edition (Server with a GUI)” version.

Note: If you were unable to install a Windows Server 2008 R2 VM on your machine you will not be able to install a Windows Server 2012 VM. Like Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012 is 64-bit only. Please plan to use one of the classrooms or IT lab computers for Windows Server 2012 if necessary. See the Announcements section for this course on Blackboard for open lab hours.

You may install either the 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows 8 for this lab. The evaluation version is Windows 8 Enterprise but any other edition will do.

VM Installation

VMware Workstation 8 does not recognize Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012. To install the OS, do the following:

  • Create a new VM
  • Tell VMware “I will install the operating system later”
  • Specify that the OS will be Windows 7 (and whether it will be 32-bit or 64-bit) if you plan to install a Windows 8 VM. Specify Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 if you plan to install Windows Server 2012. (Note: VMware Workstation 10 recognizes Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. No special action is required for VMs created in VMware Workstation 10.)
  • Complete the configuration of your VM. You can use NAT for networking initially.
  • Set the CD/DVD drive of your VM to the appropriate ISO image.
  • Power on the VM and follow the instructions to complete the OS installation.
  • After installation completes, install VMware Tools on the virtual machines. For the server OS, if using VMware Workstation 8 or 9, first modify the video settings (VM -> Settings -> Display and check the box on the upper right marked “Accelerate 3D graphics”) – see the illustration on the next page. (This setting should already be enabled for Windows 8 if you chose Windows 7 as the OS when you first created the VM.)

After installing the new VMs, continue with the instructions and questions on the following pages.



Windows 8

Create a local account on your machine – do not use a Microsoft Live account.

There’s a protracted technical rationalization particularization why Windows eight hits the ground running quicker than an over-caffeinated recruit at cantonment, however, the nuts-and-bolts don’t very matter; the necessary half is that this issue is quick. Windows eight starts double as quick as Windows seven on my laptop computer that encompasses a mechanical disc drive.

Most of the people may not care regarding this but the immensely improved multi-monitor support in Windows eight is nothing wanting heaven. Taskbars everyplace, easy multi-screen image spanning, and also the ability to run separate Modern-style apps and desktop programs on side-by-side displays. Still want Windows 8′s desktop mode had a correct begin button, however, Windows 8′s new search operate has fully grown into one amongst my favorite elements of the software package. It’s fantastically simple: Head to the beginning screen and simply start writing the name of the file you’re craving for. No further button pushes; no superfluous Live Tile choices. Simply begin writing. Windows 8′s automatic filter handles the remainder.

The project in this lab assumes you have completed the previous labs

Now Power on your Windows Server 2008 domain controller.

From your Windows 8 system:

Change the name of your system to Windows8XX. How did you do this? Attach a screen shot showing your new computer name.

From system explorer >>> Right Click on This PC >>> Properties >>> Change Settings >>> Computer Name >>> Change >>> Write Desired Computer Name & Press Okay

On the acquisition of virtual box, a new network connection is made which works for VM only tasks. Its name is VirtualBox Host-Only as I Use VirtualBox Oracle as VMWare. So as U can see in above screen shot it has two IP Address info both automated generated by OS. One works for VM & Other (WiFi) serves internet purposes for Windows. The Info on both sides by side is stated above.

Join your Windows 8 computer to your Active Directory domain. If this step fails, explain why, and what steps you took to correct the problem.

Start >> Computer >> Properties  >>  Under Computer name, domain, and workgroup settingsà Change settingsàComputer Name >> Change >> Network ID >> Member of >> click Domain & give the name of domain.

After that problem like the following could occur:

Connectivity problematic, your Windows 8 machine is unable to connect with the desired/new domain controller. So to overcome it check the essentials like are you able to ping the Domain Controller or not? Is your desired server viewable from Network menu found in Control Panel? If the answer is in positive then look at Windows own client’s TCP/IP standards.

Full Computer Name – System Icon One way of System Icon initiation is to footing down Windows key long enough and keeping Pause or Break key pressed. Any technician’s first recommendation would be lining up client’s end node name along with its relative domain name. After that by clicking on ‘More’ affix the complete DNS label to the basic node name and attach it with full DNS name. Reboot the system then and try again to intersect Windows 8 to the desired domain.

Logon with domain credentials after you reboot the system.

Go to the familiar Windows desktop. What is different about it from the Windows 7 desktop?

Windows eight could be an entirely redo of Windows that, additionally to the normal desktop, conjointly includes a new-style interface to be used with touchscreens – whether or not that is on a touchscreen portable computer, all-in-one laptop or pill.

And, whereas not all PCs are going to be touchscreen once Windows eight launches, expect a lot of and a lot of devices to possess touchscreens towards the New Year – notwithstanding it is an ancient portable computer.

Microsoft the acquainted begin menu could be a begin screen that options constant quite live tiles and knowledge as Windows Phone’s home screen, once you open associate app that desires the desktop you continue to get the acquainted Recycle Bin and Taskbar, however the beginning button – that currently solely seems once you hover within the bottom left corner along with your mouse – takes you back to the beginning screen. The beginning Screen will be used as an associate application launcher for desktop apps, or Windows eight trendy UI apps.

You can currently have the beginning Screen on one monitor and therefore the desktop in another, or favor to have the Windows eight Desktop and taskbar on each screen.

You can conjointly place a special background on every screen if you’ve got multiple monitors. Windows eight conjointly permits you to separate screen between trendy UI Windows eight apps, thus you’ll be able to have each your Windows courier on a 3rd of the screen aboard your Desktop.

The other buttons square measure Search, Share, Devices and Settings and supply fast access to those functions on the bit and pointer-driven displays alike.

As well as looking out your apps and folders, charms work across totally different apps, thus as an example, a physical app will faucet into the Share charm so you’ll be able to share files to it app quickly and simply – it\’s discourse to the app you’re mistreatment.

The Settings charm offers you fast access to basics like volume and brightness controls, in addition as putt your laptop to sleep or restarting it. The search and devices charms square measure fairly self-instructive, however, the share charm is attention-grabbing.

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