Windows 10 – Adding a Domain Account plus Microsoft Account for synchronisation

As an active Microsoft partner (The Full Circle) we’ve participated in a number of Early Adopter and Technical Adoption Programs over the years for several Microsoft server products going back to Windows Server 2008.
We continue our commitment to keeping up to date with the latest Microsoft technologies including client O/S’s, the latest being Windows 10 scheduled for RTM in a few weeks time, July 29th

We also use our computers like our customers do – AD domain joined, centrally managed and monitored, etc.

Windows 10 has continued to improve synchronisation across multiple devices and platforms – today’s world includes several clients – Smartphones, Tablets, Desktops, etc.
Keeping user/profile elements such as Themes, passwords, IE favourites & history, etc. in sync is expected by all.
However, in Windows 10 this functionality like in Windows 8, relies on using a Microsoft Account to work.

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Do you really want to update your software during the working day…?

Only a minor issue in reality, but a reminder to treat our own systems like we treat our customers production environment – plan your changes!

Today I was offered a client-side Microsoft Office update as part of our entitlement to use Office on our client machines – part of our Office 365 subscription (as a partner we get E3 which is awesome and helped us to retire a 3-box Hyper-V cluster running our ‘on-premise’ VM’s hosted in a Data Centre, but that’s another post…).

Anyway, thinking nothing of it I clicked on yes, go ahead and make my day with the updates, to then be told I need to get out of Outlook and Lync – DOH! I hadn’t thought this through as I was busy working with quite a few windows open…

Screenshot 2013-11-25 12.23.26

I decided to hold off on the update, leaving the dialogue box open and thinking I’d leave it till lunchtime (instead I’m writing a long overdue blog post Winking smile), but later double clicked on a an Excel spread sheet I wanted to edit to be told that ‘Office is busy’ and EXCEL.EXE can’t be used right now…

Screenshot 2013-11-25 12.24.25

DOH! again – Just because I didn’t close Outlook and Lync to allow the update to update those programs didn’t mean that the update didn’t continue with what it could do (as I allowed it after all) with the rest of the Office components..

So, the moral of the story is simple – plan your changes!!  just because we are now in a time when even our client software is ‘Cloud’ with regard to management and updates, often getting monthly patches to enhance functionality or address a new vulnerability doesn’t mean we should become blasé with our attitude of when to install them.

Which reminds me, now when did I last backup this device? a lovely Surface Pro which is also my ‘desktop’ PC….hmmm… a job for later me thinks!

TechEd Europe 2013 – getting ready…



This year I’ve been invited to Microsoft’s TechEd Europe event for what is an overdue return to probably the best Microsoft technology update, training, networking, and general shindig in the calendar. Our last visit was too long ago, back in 2009 to Berlin (invited as part of the EBS 2008 RDP or was it the Server 2008 R2 RDP.. I don’t recall but anyway!). Continue reading “TechEd Europe 2013 – getting ready…”

Best of Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) UK 2013

Today we are at Microsoft’s Cardinal Place offices in London Victoria for ‘Best of MMS’ – a regular fixture in The Full Circle calendar for a rapid-fire immersion in the latest Microsoft System Center technologies.  It’s also a great opportunity to catch-up with key System Center partners, the leader in this space being our good friends at Inframon.


‘Best of MMS’ is a one-day synopsis of the week long main event held in Las Vegas in April – see for the official MSFT site inc. videos, keynotes, etc…

This year’s event is just 1-day at 1-venue (last year was 3), however last year was product launch cycle with the 2012 wave whereas this year is mid-release improvements.

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Windows Server 2012 Technical Launch (with Inframon & others…)


Today Ashley & I are in Hammersmith, West London for the Technical Launch of Windows Server 2012 which went General Availability on September 4th.

Windows Server 2012 (built from the Cloud up) is arguably the most exciting Windows Server release yet and it’s no surprise the event is packed, indeed standing room only!


As usual for our posts, we’ll list the official agenda and then use it to structure our comment later, the agenda for the day was listed as:

Agenda: Windows Server 2012- Microsoft Launch Event

09.00   Welcome & Registration

10.00   Keynote & Kickoff

11.00   Beyond Virtualization

12.00   Lunch

13.15   Power of Many Servers Simplicity of One

14.15   Any App Any Cloud

15.15   Break

15.45   Anywhere Working

16.45   Closing Drinks & Networking


Delivered by Microsoft global executives in partnership with Microsoft Most Valued Professionals (MVPs), Partners and the Windows Server User Group, at this event you’ll get:

Technical sessions on Windows Server 2012

Opportunities to ask Microsoft your questions

Networking with Microsoft, Partners and MVPs

Information on resources to get certified


Windows Server 2012 Key Facts

Windows Server powers many of the worlds’ largest datacenters, enables small businesses around the world, and delivers value to organizations of all sizes in between. Building on this legacy, Windows Server 2012 delivers hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning virtualization, networking, storage, user experience, cloud computing, automation, and more.
Windows Server 2012 will help you transform your IT operations to reduce costs and deliver a whole new level of business value. This is quite possibly the most significant release of Windows Server ever.
Windows Server 2012 brings Microsoft’s experience from building and operating public clouds to deliver a highly dynamic, available, and cost-effective server platform for private and service provider clouds, offering a multi-tenant aware cloud infrastructure that helps organisations connect more securely across premises and allows IT to respond to business needs faster and more efficiently.
Windows Server 2012, together with System Center 2012, presents many opportunities that will enable you to solve fundamental business and IT challenges.

“Nothing from Microsoft, and I mean literally nothing has ever been this ambitious”, proclaims ZDNet.
“Takes your breath away” says Computerworld.


Our notes and observations on the day

Keynote Kickoff

Morris Martin

Morris opened the event, and set the scene of change with a story of how just 30 years ago he did a paper round which paid for his Oric Atmos memory upgrades… to just 8K!
Today, Virtual Machine memory support in Server 2012 is a whopping 1TB!!
(he’s obviously a little older than me.. as a boy I had use of a Sinclair ZX81 (1K), however my own first computer was a 1st generation Spectrum and that shipped with double Morris’s upgrade, a huge 16K!


Torri Widsteen
Marketing, Windows Server

Been in Windows Server for 7 years and 13 at Microsoft so has seen a lot of change, but this is a really big year for Microsoft with major releases in SQL Server 2012, Visual Studio, Windows Server, and Windows 8 coming up in October, plus continual improvements to Azure

BYOD – she brought 3 devices over on the plane, and of course IT do not expect security compromised with her desire and ability to use whatever device is to hand – corporate IT supplied or not.

Bing running on WS2012 since pre-launch serving 5.5B queries a month

Market is excited about this release, events have been standing room only, 1m website hits in a week and great critical reviews

Early Adopters – Paul Smith (no surprise there – what RDP have they not been involved in!?!? ;-), Intel, Newham Council.  Supporting partners include Inframon, Intercept IT, OCSL, Trinity IT (but lets not mention the competition too much!)

Jeff Woolsey (@WSV_GUY) – Principal Program Manager, Windows Server

the numbers are bigger than ever before, and bigger pissing than VMware, even the latest announcements at VMworld

TechNet has been running on Hyper-V since the beta of WS2008

“If you want to use the other guys you’ll have to buy Enterprise Super Special Plus Edition” Winking smile

What is off bounds to virtualisation with Server 2012? Virtualise EVERYTHING!

Game changing technology – network virtualisation (true!)

VLAN sprawl, abused since 1995 – customers with 100’s or even 1000’s of VLANs (we helped audit a large UK based utility company with nearly a hundred and recommended they reduce!)

Cluster Aware Updates – up to 64 nodes & 8,000 VMs in a cluster can cause a patching headache – now automated (schedule or on demand)

Immersive Data Experience from e.g. Excel to SQL to Hadoop

Dynamic Access Control for information protection – link to auditing

Improvements to VDI – pooled vs personalised VDI (throw away and start clean vs. keep personal settings)

RemoteFX big improvements in WAN optimisation & touch

Demo using a Windows 8 tablet – allegedly his, however the logged in user was Ben Smith.  Got a laugh out of the audience mentioning its capabilities inc. support for Flash.. clearly using a mouse for the demo though

Offloaded Data Transfer (ODX) – SAN compatibility to offload file/storage operations to the SAN.  Hyper-V supports and will improve operations such as live migrations, etc.

Dynamic Memory – Live changes!

QoS support in Hyper-V to allow resource management

SMB 3.0 improvements to File Services – 16Gbits/s (4x DVD’s per second!), block level storage for SQL, Exchange, etc. Storage Virtualisation to allow flexible change

Network Virtualisation – allows portability of VM’s across IP networks without downtime

Live server & Azure demo and it worked!

Back to Torri – MS Sales event in Redmond with 15,000 sellers – gave Server Tools demo the highest rating (a first, is usually X-Box and the sexier stuff.. slates, etc.)

Commitment to the market


Beyond Virtualization

Andrew Fryer & Aidan (MVP in Virtual Machine)

Business drivers for going Cloud – save money (licenses, time & effort, availability, scalability, performance)
Business concerns for going Cloud – security in multi-tenant, both from each other and the hoster from the clients
Ubuntu comes with ICS built in to kernel, rumour has it Red Hat coming too.. (Ashley confirm, we have contacts.. Smile)

Seriously Scary Scale-out stats – applies to all versions inc. free Hyper-V Server (slide needed – ask Sarah)

Live migration now prioritises idle memory pages, leaving the active pages to the end, reducing the number of iterations needed and improving the performance of Live Migrations

HA File Stores

Live Migration demo using a file share – worked

Hyper-V Replica – didn’t work, but Andrew asked to take it on faith it works… (we know it does as we saw it at the UK IT Camp event just a couple of weeks ago)

VHDX scales to 64TB (that’s 32x more than anyone else), 4K sector aligned and aware of native 4KB disks – can reduce write latency by a whole disk revolution!

Extending the Hyper-V Extensible Switch – can pretend to be a vendors switch – fully extensible, supports firewall capability, port mirroring, etc.


Improvements to networking such as DHCP, Router Guard, Bandwidth management, NIC Teaming, port mirroring, etc.


Power of Many Servers Simplicity of One

Simon May & Thomas (MVP in PowerShell?.. ) – Server Management, PowerShell, Storage

PowerShell v3

can be compiled

can be scripted across reboots, e.g. installing forced restart features or roles

“Pervasive scalable scripting”

over 2,600 new cmdlets covering several Windows features previously none-scriptable such as DHCP, DNS, etc.

Support for Script-Sharing & snippets – commonly reusable code snippets

Intellisense – never forget a parameter again!

Storage improvements – Storage Pools, SMB v3, running application servers on file shares e.g. SQL


Any (Every), App Any Cloud

Steve Plank – “Planky” & Damian Flynn (MVP, System Center) – Public & Private Cloud Computing

How do I embrace the Cloud, both Public & Private

Repeatable Cloud Computing – ability to upload configuration files to define the environment

Scalable and Elastic
Scalability & Performance – NUMA aware, Application initialisation,
Increased isolation & Security – IIS CPU Throttling,  FTP Logon Attempt restrictions, Dynamic IP Restriction
Simplified Management of Multiple Sites – Centralised SSL support (point your IIS servers at a file share and say get on with it!), Server Name indication, IIS Configuration Editor


Anywhere Working – Modern Workstyle, Enabled

Simon May & Andrew Fryer


Of course, swag is good and this event was no exception – bag, torch, pens, stickers and T-shirts – got a small and a double XL (great! – not! Winking smile)


Closing Drinks & Networking

…which leads nicely onto our good friends at Inframon who were sponsoring the event and who we also partner with for all things System Center


Microsoft Tech.Days 2012: Windows Server 2012 – Virtualising Servers IT Camp


Today we are at Microsoft UK offices in London Victoria for technical readiness / education event as part of the long running Microsoft UK Tech.Days aimed at IT Pros, which we’ve been attending and blogging about since they started in 2010.

The event is an introduction / update of Windows Server 2012 (virtualisation) which went General Availability (GA) earlier in the week on Tuesday, and was Released To Manufacturing (RTM) on August 1st.
Whilst just released, traction for Windows Server 2012 has been building up since early 2012 through the Technology Adoption Program (TAP) which we were accepted for..

The format of the day (an IT Camp) has a twist as it’s a heavily hands-on learning event where you Bring Your Own Device / BYOD capable of running Hyper-V (or capable of dual booting from a USB key into WS2012) to participate in a hands-on lab session.

Bringing your own machine (ideally a laptop as opposed to a rack server Winking smile) meant a heavy bag for me with two laptops, one freshly built with the released/RTM code just this week – a ThinkPad T61p with Windows Server 2012 Standard see Windows Server 2012 laptop installation.. (on ThinkPad) – Part 1

The brief on the day given by Microsoft was:

Synopsis (from the Tech.Days site)

"These hands-on sessions will give you an introduction to Windows Server 2012 and ample opportunity to discuss any specific issues and concerns you may have with Microsoft experts Simon May and Andrew Fryer as well as professional peers working near you.

The agenda will be set by you, but here are some topics that are likely to be covered:

  • What’s new in Windows Server 2012
  • How to create Virtual Machines
  • High availability with clustering

Simon May and Andrew Fryer delivering the session (& BYOD laptops..)


Cool stuff – Lots of it!

Indeed too much for a post, and too much for a single day session so the UK IT Camp team kindly has put a deck on SkyDrive @

Here are a few items we picked up, and hopefully some ‘gold’ Smile

  • Server Manager – improved single pane of glass for managing servers local and remote, create groups of servers and perform some tasks simultaneously on multiple servers
  • Multi-server remote management enabled by default (great for 10’s or 100’s but maybe not 1000’s)
  • Red lighting within server manager for situation bad, but hopefully not FUBAR!
  • Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) already on Win8, with Windows 7 (& Vista?) coming soon..
  • Lots of new Virtualisation features and capabilities:
    • New VHD format .vhdx lifts size limit from 2TB to 64TB (but some Gotcha’s – read-on!)
    • New type of NIC – Virtual Fibre channel SAN allows connecting directly to FC storage from a guest
    • VM Live migration without a cluster / shared storage!
    • Can start a VM with more starting RAM than the minimum set in Dynamic memory settings and the VM will release the difference after start up has completed, saving memory usage.
    • 64 Cores now supported
    • 64 Nodes now supported in a cluster (up from 16) – scalability has gone through the roof!
      (1000 VM’s per cluster)
    • You can set the number of Live Migrations allowed at a time up to 64 at a time
      (but you better have a very fast SAN to support several simultaneous live migrations)
    • Virtual GPU by using CPU – no GPU needed. Useful for VDI scenarios, and helps the challenge of how do I fit this expensive, large, hot & hungry high-end gaming graphics card in my 1u server..
    • SR-IOV – talking directly to the switch, all major vendors are signed up to supporting it
    • DHCP Guard stops rogue DHCP, Router guard protects against rogue routers – we’ve accidently deployed a DHCP server into a network in the past and then enjoyed the middle of the night support call… NOT!
    • NIC teaming supported by guests (needs to be enabled)
    • Storage Migration – move VHD’s over to other storage on another server
    • Remote management is enabled by default, building a VM in PowerShell can configure the VM too from the same script
    • Domain Controllers are VM snapshot aware (do folks really go around snapshotting DC’s in production? Confused smile), anyway Snapshotting DC’s is now supported and changes in Server 2012 will replicate AD changes when it comes back up..
    • Cluster Aware Updates (CAU) – moving VM’s around nodes during cluster patching.. talks to WSUS, it moves VM’s over to another node and will save LOTS of time!!
    • Hyper-V Replication across the WAN – Set on a machine by machine basis, several options for getting the VHD over the wire. Replicated VM’s can have alternative IP address settings to its source VM.
    • Cluster broker role – manages where to put the replicated VM’s
    • Injecting PowerShell into a guest VM from the host, e.g. when building out new servers to then install roles & features
    • Add Windows features directly into a VHD while it’s turned off (and scripted!)
  • Storage Pools for creating and presenting unified storage from a collection of disparate disks with parity or mirror, also allows Thin Provisioning of storage – save storage costs and never run out of disk again!
  • You can then create volumes and provision shares, all from within Server Manager and can be VHD’s or host Hyper-V
  • Data Deduplication – block level (4K) deduplication of files (a sub-feature of the File and Storage Services, File and iSCSI Services, Data Deduplication feature – FS-Data-Deduplication)
    • Data Deduplication on Storage Pools
    • Backup vendors are working on Backup agents that are de-dupe aware.
    • De-duplicate data more than x number of days old
    • Can backup while de-dupe is running. It will back off or pause if system resources are low
      Caveats – files have to be closed, can’t be in use. Inside VM’s fine, not on where the VM VHD is sitting are sitting
    • Runs as a job on schedule, controlled through PowerShell
  • PowerShell 3.0 – new version of Windows PowerShell, lots of new cmdlets for managing almost every role, feature or capability of the platform, plus other enhancements that makes it easier to write scripts
  • File Shares – different performance and usage profiles available to different usage types
  • SMB v3 greatly improved, 250,000 concurrent connections to a share (up from 75,000)
  • You can put VHD’s on a file share now, no SAN needed
  • A cluster will come up if the domain controllers that are on the cluster are down by caching data from the domain at last successful start-up (mitigates chicken & egg virtualised DC scenario)
  • HA Shared Storage with SMB 3.0 – Making a highly available File Store for a third the cost of a SAN
  • Create a Failover Cluster with just 3 lines of code as opposed to 15 mins (I’d suggest a good half hour and we are very practised!) with Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) can now be used for other services, not just Hyper-V e.g. File Services
  • CSV Caching for huge improvements to iSCSI SAN storage
  • No Quorum configuration needed when creating an even-node cluster
  • DHCP Failover – when the DHCP server goes down another trusted server will respond – DHCP failover capability allows two DHCP servers to lease out addresses from the same scope, to the same subnet. Clustering still another options for DHCP high availability. Hot standby and load balancing also available.
  • Server Core or GUI – you can choose – can add and remove the GUI at will, thus it will flip between a core install and full-fat install.  Start with GUI first then go to core otherwise you’ll have to mount the media to install the GUI components..


A big change in that Enterprise is no longer offered leaving just Standard and Datacenter editions, however all features are in both products with the main difference being virtualisation rights..

  • Datacenter licensed based on 2 sockets = 1 licence, unlimited VM’s on that host
  • Standard – about quarter the price, between 4 and 6 servers, also based on 2 sockets = 1 licence

Everything is available on Standard and Datacenter, no RAM caps or CPU caps any more, all OS max

Hyper-V Server 2012 expires some time in 2050

Tips, Tricks & Gotcha’s

  • Differencing Disks and the new VHD format, be aware the target disk can only be spawned from the same format parent (you can convert from .vhd to .vhdx using Edit Disk)
  • Migration – no ‘Rolling Thunder’ approach to cluster upgrades, you need to build a new cluster then migrate your VM’s, however as we know Hyper-V v2 VM’s will import by simply copying in and importing (no need for export process)
  • In-place upgrades supported for non-clustered servers
  • Can’t live migrate between AMD and Intel CPU’s since there are different instruction sets, but can use reduced instruction set / CPU compatibility for migrating from very old processor support (e.g. an NT4 HAL) and this needs restart to change the settings, used for maintaining compatibility when you’re moving VM’s between CPU architectures, i.e. Xeon II to Xeon III
  • Shared nothing migration does not work with differencing disks
  • Systems Centre 2012 needs SP1 before it will support and run on Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 Certification

It’s definitely time to update that MSCE with the new release of Windows Server.  There are 3 core Windows Server exams covering Installing & Configuring, Administering, and Configuring Advanced Windows Server Services, followed by Designing & Implementing plus Implementing an Advanced Server Infrastructure



From MCSA to MSCE in 3 steps..image

It’s as easy as 1..2..3 (okay, it’s definitely going to be harder than that), but as Andrew pointed out, how many folks are hiring at the moment (no one in the room) so it’s still a tough market out there and along with the new love for PowerShell an updated MSCE won’t do any harm to your job prospects..

more at > Microsoft Learning > Certification > MCSE: Server Infrastructure and Microsoft Virtual Academy Windows Server 2012 training

And we won some SWAG!

As usual at these events, audience participation is encouraged and correct answers equal prizes along with a thank you for event survey’s, etc.  Today was a good day for swag! – a tech.days branded Mini Mag-Lite, a tool kit, a branded notepad (pen & paper still works! ;-), and a Microsoft Virtual Academy 2GB flash memory plastic card… err with nothing on it!?!  anyway, its SWAG and SWAG is good! Smile

There were many questions during the day, but the ones we got swag for were:

Q. How many simultaneous live migrations can you do with Hyper-V v2 (Windows Server 2008 R2)
A. 1 (obviously you can do many in v3 / Windows Server 2012)

Q. How do you understand how many VM’s you have to migrate to Windows Server 2012?
A. Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit (MAP)
(Audit & Review is a big part of our consulting practise and MAP is a core tool used in various audits)

Today SWAG is brought to you by Torches, Notepads, and Toolkits 

Overall & thank you..

A cracking day and an excellent break from the usual auditorium delivery method, or in previous years in a cinema in Hammersmith (for us at least), so a lot less people than a cinema full so registration went fast – if it is coming to a venue near you (see UK Tech Days Upcoming Events) get in quick!

Special thanks must go to Andrew, Simon, Marcel, and Sarah for putting on an excellent day which really worked to deliver and retain a LOT of great information – if I could go again I would, it was that good!!
Also thanks to Patrick Lownds from HP and also an MVP for Windows Server (Virtual Machine) whom we bump into at various events over the years (since a SMSE train-the-trainer bootcamp in 2008) – Patrick was on hand to help answer questions and contribute on the day.

Windows Server 2012 laptop installation.. (on ThinkPad) – Part 1

Wow!! how time fly’s by..

It’s over 4 years since I wrote a post on installing Windows Server 2008 on the ThinkPad and since then
A LOT has changed, just a few in technology that struck me while writing this post:
Cloud Computing has really taken off, hardware & software development has carried on at its usual breakneck pace e.g. Core i7s, affordable SSD’s, 3TB drives cheap as chips, Social Networking exploded & a imploded a little (the Book of Faces share price, etc.), but most important to this post at least, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 was Released To Manufacturing on August 1st followed by General Availability (GA) TODAY! with Evaluation downloads available to the public and full product on TechNet, MSDN, etc..

Oh and Apple seems to have taken over the world..

But, it’s not all bad, we at The Full Circle still use ThinkPad’s as our primary client machines (of course, our back-end is now Cloud based Winking smile), and I still have the T61p from the original post although now semi-retired to be a docked ‘desktop’ – it’s still going strong albeit with more memory and a faster larger disk, but essentially it’s the same tin.

So the time has come to ditch the current O/S (believe this – Windows Server 2008 RTM upgraded to Windows Server 2008 R2 RC and later upgraded to RTM and used for a couple of years, then upgraded to Windows Server 2012 RC – and it still worked!?!? that is a testament to modern software, drivers, etc.)

No, I’m not upgrading again, I’ve finally harvested enough settings and been running on another machine long enough to do the right thing and blow this disk away!  (or do I just swap it Winking smile) – NO the deed is done, I am free!

So (finally!), onto the process:

  1. Check out your BIOS settings to ensure the usual hardware virtualisation settings, boot options, etc. are set correctly i.e. on and enabled for your install media choices will work (USB is best).
  2. Copy Media to bootable USB key (or if you have to use a DVD.. yuck!)
  3. Install is easy, I’m not going to tell you how.. (see someone else’s blog for that)
  4. Logon as your local Administrator, and first thing first sort out the screen resolution – 1024×768 just doesn’t wash it in 2012 (and neither does the default Microsoft Basic Display Adapter driver – we’ll fix this later…)
  5. As suspected there is a lot of stuff a server O/S still isn’t going to automatically detect, on my old trusty Stinker Device Manager (started from Task Manager, Run, devmgmt.msc) came back with:image
  6. Before doing anything serious let’s sort out our machine name, storage and other system properties:
    There are various ways of accessing System Properties, but on a freshly built machine I also want to see what Windows has decided to do with my storage, so for me Windows Explorer is my preferred path..
    Window Key & E, then right-click Computer, and Properties
    Change Settings (or Advanced System Settings) will bring up the familiar System Properties box, the first tab is still Computer Name and you may wish to change this, Description and maybe Workgroup, but at this stage I wouldn’t bother joining a domain (we might need to trash the machine again, or better still SysPrep if it’s so damn good Winking smile)

    Changing Computer Name and/or Workgroup will still require a restart (it’s still SMB under the hood!)

  7. When restarted check out your storage, hard drives, etc. I found the IBM/Lenovo Service partition (an 8GB volume called ServiceV002 was unhidden as drive F:) and arrange as desired, personally I like all my local devices contiguous, and optical and removable storage out of the way.. e.g. I have:

    C: Local Disk (rename to System)
    D: Data
    E: Logs
    F: Optical / DVD
    U: USB key
    X: External disk

    (with the ThinkPad there is argument to put the Optical/DVD to the end e.g. Z: as it is a removable device (UltraBay)

  8. To change your storage in Windows Server 2012 you need to find the disk volumes in the new Server Manager..
    (and select the correct disk, to see the associated volume – think diskpart)
  9. You should be concerned by now that we’ve not checked for any updates – let’s start with Windows, back to the System Properties page (not Advanced) there is a Windows Update link where you will find updates are not automatically installed by default


    With my machine the only update was a fairly minor ‘UPEK driver update for TouchChip Fingerprint Coprocessor (WBF advanced mode) ( – that’s not going to fix all those missing devices!


    Installing Roles and Features

    via the GUI… no, you don’t want to do that!


    Scripted… yes, that’s better!

    Start PowerShell as an Administrator..


    Windows PowerShell
    Copyright (C) 2012 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

    PS C:UsersAdministrator> Import-Module Servermanager

    PS C:UsersAdministrator> Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework-Core,Hyper-V,WAS-NET-Environment,Windows-Server-Backup,Wireless-Networking, Desktop-Experience –restart

    (mine actually had an ABEND after this!)

    To show all components (available and installed, simply type Get-WindowsFeature) e.g.

    PS C:UsersAdministrator> Get-WindowsFeature

    Display Name                                            Name                       Install State
    ————                                            —-                       ————-
    [ ] Active Directory Certificate Services               AD-Certificate                 Available
        [ ] Certification Authority                         ADCS-Cert-Authority            Available
        [ ] Certificate Enrollment Policy Web Service       ADCS-Enroll-Web-Pol            Available
        [ ] Certificate Enrollment Web Service              ADCS-Enroll-Web-Svc            Available
        [ ] Certification Authority Web Enrollment          ADCS-Web-Enrollment            Available
        [ ] Network Device Enrollment Service               ADCS-Device-Enrollment         Available
        [ ] Online Responder                                ADCS-Online-Cert               Available
    [ ] Active Directory Domain Services                    AD-Domain-Services             Available


    If your server is running Windows Server® 2012, click Configure this local server to open the Local Server configuration page. Then, in the Properties area, next to IE Enhanced Security Configuration, click On to open the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration dialog.


Attempting to use the ThinkVantage System Update tool bombed out (not Win8/Server2012), so it’s down to manually installing drivers and system software…

Bits to download (for a ThinkPad T61p and likely most ThinkPads)

Intel Chipset Support (WW)
1.52 MB
Thu, 10 May 2012 12:00:00 EST

Management Engine Firmware
1.26 MB
Thu, 21 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EST

NVIDIA Display Driver
149.2 MB
Thu, 02 Aug 2012 12:00:00 EST

SoundMax Audio Software
4.5 MB
Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EST

Intel Matrix Storage Manager Driver
488.67 KB
Windows XP,
Windows Vista,
Windows 7
02 Oct 2009

EasyEject Utility
5.04 MB
Fri, 02 Apr 2010 12:00:00 EST

Intel Matrix Storage Manager Driver
488.67 KB
Fri, 02 Oct 2009 12:00:00 EST

Power Manager
29.39 MB
Thu, 07 Jun 2012 12:00:00 EST