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February 21, 2008  12:27 AM

Extending the Windows Server 2008 evaluation period

Michael Khanin Michael Khanin Profile: Michael Khanin

Evaluating Windows Server 2008 software does not require product activation. Any edition of Windows Server 2008 may be installed without activation, and it may be evaluated for 60 days. Additionally, the 60-day evaluation period may be reset (re-armed) three times.

When the initial 60-day evaluation period nears its end, you can run the Slmgr.vbs script to reset the evaluation period. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start, and then click Command Prompt.
  2. Type slmgr.vbs -dli, and then press ENTER to check the current status of your evaluation period.
  3. To reset the evaluation period, type slmgr.vbs –rearm, and then press ENTER.
  4. Restart the computer.

This resets the evaluation period to 60 days.

February 7, 2008  5:36 PM

WAIK 1.1 for Windows Vista SP1 & Windows Server 2008

Michael Khanin Michael Khanin Profile: Michael Khanin

As many of you know, Microsoft released Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 to Manufacturing RTM ! So, it’s a time to take a last Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK). The Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is designed to assist corporate IT professionals customize and deploy the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 families of operation systems. The Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is a set of tools and documentation that support the configuration and the deployment of Windows operating systems. By using Windows AIK, you can perform unattended Windows installations, capture Windows images with ImageX, create Windows PE images and much more.

Download WAIK1.1 here


February 7, 2008  4:51 PM

Change Default Prompt in Windows Server 2008 – Server Core

Michael Khanin Michael Khanin Profile: Michael Khanin

If you are planning to deploy Windows Server 2008 – Server Core installations, I think you should use the following tip, that I’ve found few days ago on very good blog, blogs.technet.com/aralves.

Think about you have more than one Windows Server 2008 – Server Core box and you are connecting to them by using the Terminal Services Remote Programs. What you get? Just a simple prompt. By using following tip you can change the default prompt and add at least the servername. To do this, simple open the registry editor and navigate to the following key:

HKLM\System\CurrentControlSet\Control\Session Manager\Environment

Find a key called Prompt, if it’s not there create one using the following settings.

Value Name: Prompt
Data Type: REG_EXPAND_SZ
Value Data: $_Server:[%servername%]$_Username:[%username%]$_$T$_$p$g

With this value you get the prompt as shown in the picture.

Here are some of the special codes you can use:

* $A – & (Ampersand)
* $B – | (pipe)
* $C – ( (Left parenthesis)
* $D – Current date
* $E – Escape code (ASCII code 27)
* $F – ) (Right parenthesis)
* $G – > (greater-than sign)
* $L – < (less-than sign)
* $N – Current drive
* $P – Current drive and path
* $Q – = (equal sign)
* $S – (space)
* $T – Current time
* $_ – Carriage return and linefeed
* $$ – $ (dollar sign)

Now you will always know on which server you are working :)


February 4, 2008  3:01 PM

Microsoft Releases Windows Vista Service Pack 1 and Windows Server 2008 to Manufacturing RTM

Michael Khanin Michael Khanin Profile: Michael Khanin

Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) was released to manufacturing today and will start being available to customers in March, starting with Microsoft Volume Licensing customers. Windows Server 2008 was also released to manufacturing today and will be available for purchase to new customers on March 1.


February 3, 2008  3:51 PM

Microsoft doesn’t recommend creating Vista ‘Lite’

Michael Khanin Michael Khanin Profile: Michael Khanin

As many of you know, it’s possible to create a “Lite” version of operating system by using well know program vLite. But, recently Microsoft said in an e-mail to CNET News.com:

“Microsoft does not recommend using any tool to strip out applications from Windows Vista prior to installing it on your system, as it may affect your ability to download future Windows updates and service packs, and may cause your system to become unstable,” 

So, think twice before you creating Vista ‘Lite’ ;)


February 1, 2008  10:43 PM

Release Notes of Windows Vista SP1

Michael Khanin Michael Khanin Profile: Michael Khanin

These Release Notes provide important information you should know prior to deploying and using the Windows Vista SP1 operating system, including known issues. You should familiarize yourself with all of the known issues listed here prior to installing the software. Downloadwww.microsoft.com


January 30, 2008  4:35 AM

Vista ADMX Administrative Templates & Central Store

Michael Khanin Michael Khanin Profile: Michael Khanin

Windows Vista introduced a new format to display policy settings (Administrative Templates). In Windows Vista, these registry-based policy settings are defined by standards-based XML files that have an . admx file name extension. The . admx file format replaces the well know legacy . adm file format.
Windows Vista does only ship with . admx files located in the % windir%\PolicyDefinitions folder.

Download Administrative Templates (.admx) for Windows Vista

For more information on “How to create the central store“: Q929841 and Managing Group Policy ADMX Files Step-by-Step Guide


January 30, 2008  4:28 AM

List installed software from the command line

Michael Khanin Michael Khanin Profile: Michael Khanin

If you want to list the software known to Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) from the command line, use WMI command line (WMIC) interface.

We can list all products installed locally by running the following command:

wmic product


January 27, 2008  11:46 PM

Remotely manage another Hyper-V System

Michael Khanin Michael Khanin Profile: Michael Khanin

If you want to install the Hyper-V MMC on Windows Server 2008 to remotely manage another Hyper-V System, here are the steps:

1. Launch Server Manage from the Start Menu

2. Click Add Features

3. Under Remote Server Administration Tools  – Role Administration Tools

a. Enable Hyper-V Tools and click Next.

4. Click Install.

5. After the reboot, go to Administrative Tools in the Start Menu and you will see the Hyper-V Manager.


January 27, 2008  11:43 PM

Hyper-V WMI API’s

Michael Khanin Michael Khanin Profile: Michael Khanin

Hyper-V WMI APIs. Hyper-V uses WMI APIs (similar to the Virtual Server COM API) to create, manage, monitor and configure virtual resources.

The Hyper-V WMI APIs are publicly available here:
http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc136992(VS.85).aspx

Important: This documentation is preliminary and is subject to change.


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