For those who are going to install the Windows 8 Release Preview. You cannot upgrade from Windows 8 Customer Preview. Same for the Windows Server 8 beta to Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate.
Finally Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate,Windows 8 Release Preview and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 Release Candidate are ready.
Get Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate:
Get Windows 8 Release Preview:
Microsoft Learning and the Windows Server Product Marketing Team will bring a two-day Jump Start course for Windows Server 2012. The online course will be from June 21-22 from 9:00am until 4:00pm PDT.
Here the course agenda:
Morning | Beyond Virtualization
- Game changers in the next release of the Hyper-V role on Windows Server 2012
- Massive scale increases, networking improvements, replication and disaster recovery is all in the box
Afternoon | Manageability
- Learn how you can manage a few systems up to a hundred – all from one console
- Server Core installs scaring you off? Learn about all your installation and management options
- Windows PowerShell automation and management at scale – all with built in tools
- Clustering—Cluster-aware updating
- Networking, Network Teaming, network configuration, SMB MultiChannel and RDMA
Morning | Storage
- Learn how Continuous Availability of File Services improves workload reliability and performance
- Storage groups, disk provisioning, iSCSI and SAN integration
Afternoon | Remote Users
- Remote connectivity options for your workforce (DA)
- VDI and Remote Desktop Services deployment and changes
You can find more Information about the Jump Start on the Born To Learn blog and you Register your self on the Microsoft Certified Community Connection site
I just got some interesting news from Microsoft Consultant Michel Lüscher (www.server-talk.eu), about upgrading System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager 2012 from RC to RTM.
Only Microsoft Technology Adoption Program” (TAP) Customers were allowed to use SCVMM 2012 RC for production and they also got some pre-releases which made it possible to upgrade from VMM 2012 RC to VMM 2012 RTM. For non-TAP customers this was a unsupported upgrade scenario.
But Microsoft got a lot of requests about the RC to RTM upgrade, so they released a RC Upgrade Tool which upgrades the VMM RC database for a supported upgrade to VMM 2012 RTM.
Michel Lüscher describes in his blog post (System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager von RC nach RTM (german)) how you can upgrade your Virtual Machine Manager RC installation.
First you have to get the VMM 2012 Upgrade Tool from Microsoft. You can create a free Microsoft Support Call with the Content ID #2705942.
Now you can uninstall the RC installation of Virtual Machine Manager 2012 with the option “Retain Database”. After you have removed the VMM Installation you can Upgrade the VMM database with the Upgrade Tool.
UpgradeVMM2012RC.exe –Server MyVMMServer –Database –VirtualManagerDB
Finally the SBB Mobile App for Windows Phone was updated to Version 2.0. Version 2.0 uses the functions for backround tasks and Live tiles wich came in Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango).
New Features in Version 2.0:
- Price display (when you hold the phone lengthways)
- E-vouchers can be purchased and redeemed.
- Promo codes can be redeemed.
- Station pages and the Lost and Found Service have been added.
- The support area has been enhanced.
- Live tile for the last searched connection
- Secondary tile enabling rapid access to “My tickets”
- Timetable and ticket favourites have been separated.
- Optimized icons
- Calendar import via e-mail
- Bug fixes
With Windows Server 2012 Microsoft released a new Virtual Disk Format called VHDX. VHDX improves the Virtual Disk in a lot of way.
Back in October I wrote a blog post on the improvements of the VHDX Format in the Windows Server 8 Developer Preview. Back then VHDX supported a size of 16TB, with the release of the Windows Server 8 Beta (Windows Server 2012 beta) the new Maximum size changed to 64TB.
Some of the VHDX improvements:
- Support up to 64TB size
- Supports larger block file size
- improved performance
- improved corruption resistance
- the possibility to add meta data
To use this new features you have to convert your existing VHDs into the new VHDX format. You can this do in two different ways, with the Hyper-V Manager or with Windows PowerShell.
Convert VHD to VHDX via Windows PowerShell
To convert a VHD to a VHDX with Windows PowerShell you can use simple this PowerShell command:
Convert-VHD TestVHD.vhd -VHDFormat VHDX -DestinationPath C:\temp\VHDs\TestVHDX.vhdx -DeleteSource
Of course you can convert the VHDX back to a VHD using the following command:
Convert-VHD TestVHDX.vhdx -VHDFormat VHD -DestinationPath C:\temp\VHDs\TestVHD.vhd -DeleteSource
Convert VHD to VHDX via Hyper-V Manager
- Start the Hyper-V Manager and click on “Edit Disk…”
- Now select the VHD you want to convert
- Select “Convert”
- Select the target format in this case VHDX
- Select the new location for your new VHDX
- Check the summary and click finish
Same as with the PowerShell command, you can also convert a VHDX to a VHD. But you have to make sure that the VHDX is not bigger than 2TB.
Aviraj Ajgekar already did a post on this TechNet blog about how you can convert a VHD to VHDX via Hyper-V Manager.
Microsoft worked hard on the management of the new Windows Server 2012. In Windows Server 2008 R2 you had to choose during the Installation if the Server is a Windows Server Full Installation (with GUI) or a Windows Server Core Installation (without GUI). In Windows Server 2012 you can add and remove the GUI from the server.
Add GUI on a Core Server
On a Core Server you can add the with the following PowerShell command
After the Installation you have to restart the server
Remove GUI on a Server
There are two ways you could do that, first via Server Manager remote the GUI feature:
Or via Windows PowerShell
It is also important that you understand that Windows Server 2012 has three different GUI options.
- GUI with Management Tools
So if you activate the GUI you do not get all of the Management tools automatically. You have also to activate the “Management tools GUI”.