Disable “No Internet Access” notification on Windows Server 2008 (R2)

w2k8r2_nointernetaccess The “No Internet Access” notification on the network connection icon usually appears when you’re not connected to the Internet or you probably behind a proxy server. However, when you setting up your servers in an isolated environment without Internet access and you want to disable this notification then:

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Modify the Computer icon text to show logged on username in Windows Server 2008 (R2)

Changing the text on the Computer icon on your Remote Desktop Services Session Host is handy when a user calls you and you want to know which Session Host the user is logged on. The procedure to do this has changed since Windows Server 2003.

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Synchronize time with external NTP server on Windows Server 2008 (R2)

Time synchronization is an important aspect for all computers on the network. By default, the clients computers get their time from a Domain Controller and the Domain Controller gets his time from the domain’s PDC Operation Master. Therefore the PDC must synchronize his time from an external source. I usually use the servers listed at the NTP Pool Project website.

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Windows Server 2008 R2: Features Poster

This poster provides a visual reference for understanding key technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2. It focuses on Active Directory Domain Services, Hyper-V, Internet Information Services, Remote Desktop Services (including Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)), BranchCache, and DirectAccess technologies. Logo_Windows-Server_2008R2

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Free MS Press e-book: “Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2”

Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2, by Charlie Russel and Craig Zacker, is a great resource for learning about the new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 in the areas of virtualization, management, the Web application platform, scalability and reliability, and interoperability with Windows 7. Download your free copy.


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Servermanagercmd.exe is deprecated, and is not guaranteed to be supported in future releases of Windows.

Command Line version of Server Manager in Windows Server 2008 R2
Today I was using “ServerManagerCmd.exe” on a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2. When I executed it I saw the following informational message:

“Servermanagercmd.exe is deprecated, and is not guaranteed to be supported in future releases of Windows. We recommend that you use the Windows PowerShell cmdlets that are available for Server Manager.”
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Unattend Deploy Microsoft Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 using Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010

Unattend deploy Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010 RC (Release Candiate). MDT 2010 is the next version of Microsoft Deployment Toolkit, a Solution Accelerator for unattended / automatically operating system and application deployment. Look for new features in MDT 2010 including flexible driver management, optimized transaction process, and access to distribution shares from any location to simplify deployment and make your job easier. Save time and money when you deploy faster and easier with MDT 2010.

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Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 – evaluate it now for free

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Trial Software is now available for download. The Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Evaluation is available via two separate downloads:

  • a compilation edition (Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, and Web)
  • an individual Itanium edition. Just choose the version that fits your requirements, and download the evaluation.

Need help determining which version is the best fit for you?

Check out the Windows Server 2008 R2 Editions page

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Installing Telnet Client on Microsoft Windows Vista / Windows 7 / Windows Server 2008

Missing the classic telnet.exe  (Telnet Client) on Microsoft Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2? Microsoft removed the Telnet Client starting with Microsoft Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008.

To get it back / install it, use pkgmgr on the Client Operating Systems and ServerManagerCMD on the Server Operating Systems..

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Virtualization Platform Hyper-V supports Live Migration in Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2

The Hyper-V role in Windows Server 2008 R2 provides you with the tools and services you can use to create a virtualized server computing environment. This virtualized environment can be used to address a variety of business goals aimed at improving efficiency and reducing costs. This type of environment is useful because you can create and manage virtual machines, which allows you to run multiple operating systems on one physical computer and isolate the operating systems from each other.

According the the release notes of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, the Hyper-V role now fully supports Live Migration of Virtual Machines using the failover clustering role, added and configured on the servers running Hyper-V.

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