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Transform Windows Server 2008 in a Workstation

Few days ago I changed my professional notebook/laptop for a real “working” machine. Working on advanced MOSS 2007 projects, setting up directly MOSS on my host OS is nice, so did I. Windows Server 2008 Standard RC1 EN, bytes from MSDN, looks like the best candidate for this.

Once setup (it’s Vista “like” setup screens), the OS runs smoothly, and working pleasure is here. But, Windows Server 2008 is hardened compared to Windows Server 2003 R2 on security. Everything is here, but you need to dig in the OS to have them:

Having Windows Media Player or Photo Gallery: To have them available you’ll use the great new feature of Windows Server 2008: SERVER MANAGER 

From here, select “Add Features” and choose “Desktop Experience”, then complete the Wizard,

Enable Search Service: Indexing is uninstalled by default on the server. The service is neither installed nor running. You need to activate it … and it’s deeply hidden in the OS.

You’ll find it hidden here: Server Manager, then choose “Roles”, and add “File Services” role to the server. In the Wizard, you’ll be able to select “Windows Search Service”. It than will be setup, up and running, after you completed the wizard.

Just add the iFilter you need, and you’re done!

Note: Indexing Service is also available. This function is not indexing content but only file properties. It’s the former indexing from the previous OS.

Enable Pocket PC connection: All components for Pocket PC partnership and sync are present. They don’t work from the shelf, even if your device will be recognized and driver will setup successfully. To get the partnership right, you need to install the Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center 6.1 for Windows Vista. After its setup, sync center works fine.

Remove the “Server shutdown tracker”: This screen can please some administrators, but for sure is annoying for a Workstation, So just remove it !

Type GPEDIT.MSC in a cmd (command line window) or clicking “Start” then “Run…”

Then Choose : Computer Configuration / System

And modify to “Display Shutdown Event Tracker” to “Disabled”

Click “OK”, reboot, and you’re done.

Limitations: Few limitations are known using Windows Server as Workstation. Find here a little list :

·Windows Live Messenger won’t setup (use Windows Live Messenger Web J)
·Hyper-V is not available as it’s only available for Windows Server 2008 Enterprise RC1 x64 edition; for the moment
·Some software may not install as they detect the “server” release

BUT, having directly MOSS 2007 (with SP1 slipstreamed) and Visual Studio 2008, on the same physical machine, gives so much speed for development, that worth it…..


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