Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate (RC)

May 8, 2009

At Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans, we are constantly upgrading Microsoft business systems in a lab environment.  With the release of Windows 7 RC, Microsoft also released their Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate (RC).  Designed to provide a seamless experience with Windows 7 in a business network environment, Windows Server 2008 R2 offers new virtualization tools, Web resources, management enhancements, and simplified Windows 7 integration to help save time, reduce costs, and provide a platform for a dynamic and efficiently managed data center.

Powerful tools such as Internet Information Services (IIS) version 7.5, updated Server Manager and Hyper-V™ platforms and Windows PowerShell version 2.0 combine to give customers greater control, increased efficiency and the ability to react to front-line business needs faster than ever before.

Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans recently received an email from a Microsoft business client regarding installation of the Server 2008 RC.  Before you install this preliminary release of Windows Server 2008 R2, Onsite recommends the following steps in this post to prepare for a successful migration/installation.

•    Disconnect UPS devices. If you have an uninterruptible power supply (UPS) connected to your destination computer, disconnect the serial cable before running Setup. Setup automatically attempts to detect devices that are connected to serial ports, and UPS equipment can cause issues with the detection process.

•    Back up your servers. Your backup should include all data and configuration information that is necessary for the computer to function. It is important to perform a backup of configuration information for servers, especially those that provide network infrastructure, such as Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) servers. When you perform the backup, be sure to include the boot and system partitions and the system state data. Another way to back up configuration information is to create a backup set for Automated System Recovery.

•    Disable your virus protection software. Virus protection software can interfere with installation. For example, it can make installation much slower by scanning every file that is copied locally to your computer.

•    Run the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool. You should run this tool to test the RAM on your computer. To use the Windows Memory Diagnostic tool, follow the instructions in the Windows Memory Diagnostic Users Guide (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=50362).

•    Provide mass storage drivers. If your manufacturer has supplied a separate driver file, save the file to a floppy disk, CD, DVD, or Universal Serial Bus (USB) flash drive in either the root directory of the media or in one of the following folders: amd64 for x64-based computers or ia64 for Itanium-based computers. To provide the driver during Setup, on the disk selection page, click Load Driver (or press F6). You can browse to locate the driver or have Setup search the media.

•    Be aware that Windows Firewall is on by default. Server applications that must receive unsolicited inbound connections will fail until you create inbound firewall rules to allow them. Check with your application vendor to determine which ports and protocols are necessary for the application to run correctly.

For more information about Windows Firewall, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=84639.

In the humble opinion of Onsite Computer, following these steps should increase your chance of a successful migration to Server 2008 RC.  If you have any further questions regarding a Server 2008 RC installation, please contact Onsite Computer via this blog or at info@onsitenola.com.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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