Ever wondered what shutdown commandline switches you can use?
- -l : Logs off the current user, this is also the defualt. -m ComputerName takes precedence.
- -s : Shuts down the local computer.
- -r : Reboots after shutdown.
- -a : Aborts shutdown. Ignores other parameters, except -l and ComputerName. You can only use -a during the time-out period.
- -f : Forces running applications to close.
- -m [\ComputerName] : Specifies the computer that you want to shut down.
- -t xx : Sets the timer for system shutdown in xx seconds. The default is 20 seconds.
- -c “message“ : Specifies a message to be displayed in the Message area of the System Shutdown window. You can use a maximum of 127 characters. You must enclose the message in quotation marks.
- -d [u][p]:xx:yy : Lists the reason code for the shutdown. The following table lists the different values.
||Indicates a user code.
||Indicates a planned shutdown code.
||Specifies the major reason code (0-255).
||Specifies the minor reason code (0-65536).
View this article for all the options and more information.
When I was reinstalling one of my home lab server with Server 2012 (overdue for months now…) I can across the following error when I tried to configure my virtual switch.
external ethernet adapter is already bound to the microsoft virtual switch protocol
After a quick google search I came across a MS support article which described this error to a T.
You need to download the NVSPBind tool seperately from the MSDN website here. After opening the command prompt (in elavated administrator) I ran this command:
nvspbind /u “Friendly NIC Name”
When this was finished I was able to configure the virtual switch to connect to my external NIC.
On previous versions of Server 2012 (i.e. 2008 (r2)) RDS it was possible to shadow your connected users. However with the new release of Server 2012 this feature has been stripped away from the RDS role. The new way of remotely viewing a user session will only be through Remote Assistance. This feature was already shipped with 2008 (r2) but is now the sole way of remotely view assisting your users. You can easilty add the Remote Assistance feature through the Server Manager console or via PoSH of you want to script the installation.
Microsoft has released the new version of their Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers, and command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server 2012. In limited cases, the tools can be used to manage roles and features that are running on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008. Some of the tools work for managing roles and features on Windows Server 2003.
You can download the tools here.
HP has released a small PDF which helps you to install and configure Server 2012 on HP hardware.
Read or download the PDF here.
A grab of the document:
This paper identifies the HP ProLiant servers and ProLiant server platform options that we support with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 and provides information that can assist you during your OS installation1. The information applies to both Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition and Microsoft Windows Server Standard Edition. Their differences in virtualization support make them appropriate for different environments:
• Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition provides unlimited virtual instances, making it ideal for highly virtualized private and hybrid cloud environments.
• Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition provides two virtual instances, making it ideal for low density or non-virtualized environments.
This paper addresses the following key topics:
• Recommended system configurations
• Supported HP ProLiant servers
• Supported ProLiant server platform options, including:
Software and drivers
• Procedures for a new installation
• Known issues and workarounds
Today Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Server 2012.
Enabling the Modern Datacenter
Microsoft built Windows Server 2012 from the cloud up, applying its experience operating global datacenters that rely on hundreds of thousands of servers to deliver more than 200 cloud services. Windows Server 2012 expands the definition of a server operating system, with significant new advancements in virtualization, storage, networking and automation. Hundreds of new features can help customers achieve a transformational leap in the speed, scale and power of their datacenters and applications. In combination with Windows Azure and System Center, Windows Server 2012 empowers customers to manage and deliver applications and services across private, hosted and public clouds.
For those that are TechNet or MSDN subscribers, Windows Server 2012 is now available for download. If you don’t have a subscription you can download the Windows Server 2012 Trial Evaluation.
This Microsoft Server 2012 website is always a good starting point for overview information. Download the data sheet, downloads and case studies.
If you are looking for more technical info check out the http://technet.microsoft.com/windowsserver tech center.
In Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate, Hyper-V administrators can monitor the ‘health’ of the replicating VMs using the Replication Health attribute. This property allows administrators to answer common questions such as:
When did the primary and replica VMs last synchronize?
What is the average size of the replica file?
Were there any errors encountered during replication which requires your attention? etc.
The two-part FAQ post explains the concept of Replication Health and provides guidance on how to interpret the attribute values.