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Windows 7: Server 2008 R2

13 Nov 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Server 2008 R2

I know this is a Win & forum but I am thinking about setting up a Win Server 2008 R2 server to learn how to administer a server. As you might guess I really know nothing about how to even get started and am not an IT person, just someone that likes to tinker with computers.

Can someone recommend a path ie books, classes, online classes etc to get me started?

Thanks

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13 Nov 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Ok you might think Im nuts, but look into the "For Dummies" Books I own a few myself and they are great for giving you ideas and hints on setting things up and remembering things with the way they are worded.
Also since 2008r2 is still so new it might be hard to find info on it. I would look into Server 2003 first then you can grab a book on 2008 since 90% of server stuff is just updated from one to another with added items here and there. Also grabbing the older copy will be a bit cheaper on the wallet then you can go from there about spending the extra cash.
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19 Nov 2009   #3

Windows 7 Home Prem.
 
 
Server 2008

How did you come out on this? I am looking to do the same thing. I am very, very new.
Thanks
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20 Nov 2009   #4

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Other than the post above I have not receiced any other help.
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21 Nov 2009   #5

win 7, R2
 
 

Server 2008R2 is kinda like having a semi-truck , its nice, and cool, but unless your are going to use it for things that Windows 7 can NOT do (such as use more than 128gb of memory, more than 2 physical processors, run a domain, be a large file server, etc ) there is no real “point” to running R2 other than to play around with it.


The question you asked was, “how to administer a server” , that is akin to saying “how do I pilot a 787”. The answers that you will get to such vague and open ended questions will be like
“ You go that way really really fast, when something gets in your way, turn!” True, accurate, piratical, but not the help you were looking for.

More direct questions such as “in server 2008R2 build 869, my gigE connection is not serving more than 140mb/s off of my SSD array (16x512gb raid0) when directly connected to my Windows 7 box, with gigE , what could be wrong?” will result in more answers, that are more directed at your issues.

If you have some specific questions about how to do stuff with R2, perhaps some people here could help out, but since this is a Windows 7 centric forum, not a lot of people here (out of the whole population) have run R2, let alone admin it (vs running it as a desktop). You might have better luck going to a R2 forum, such as Windows Server 2008 R2 General Forum
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21 Nov 2009   #6

Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

It's like using a steamroller to crack a nut,
There are some very helpful posts on this forum about Windows Home Server that might suit your purpose better,it's designed for Home and small office use (up to ten computers.
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21 Nov 2009   #7

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi
Some of the real gurus might laugh at this - but I'd try and make it behave more like a Workstation whilst you are learning -- operating a Server on a Workstation can be a little bit frustrating if you don't make some tweaks since essentially servers are meant to be left up and running for long periods of time. While testing you might want to start and stop them loads of times.

A normal server usually has a load of nag questions when you try and stop them for re-boot. Running as a workstation you can change the settings to bypass / disable this sort of stuff.

You can also add things like Themes etc so you can make it similar to Windows 7. The basic look of W2008 server is quite bland --not normally an issue when the server is just a server locked out of the way just doing its job. Again while learning having it behave somewhat similarly to Windows 7 IMO is a good idea (although I'm sure "purists" out there will say you should learn to use it as a server right from the start).

To get started I suggest you "customise" your W2008 server for workstation use by going through this link. (I've done this myself - on HOME not WORK servers of course.

I always try and make them behave more like Workstations.

Convert your Windows Server 2008 to a Workstation!

You don't LOSE any server functionality -- but it will certainly make things a lot easier for you whilst you are learning.

I'd also recommend if you can to create your server in a Virtual machine - but that's another whole ball game.

Once you've got your server up and running you need to start say an application (MySQL for example or a WAMP server) on it and then try acessing the application from another machine as a USER - you shouldn't actually have to logon to the server itself - that's why doing it from a VM is a good idea as you can test everything on one machine.

Once it's up and running just google around - there's loads of help on the web.

Another advantage BTW of running it as a Virtual Machine is that you won't have to hunt around for any obscure drivers.

Here's a snapshot of a W2K3 server running on Windows 7 X-64 enterprise as a Virtual Machine using an XP theme (Royal Noire) with a Brazilian / Cost Rican Jaguar (taken from the Windows 7 Brazil regional theme - pinched the wallpaper) desktop. The menu has all the standard Windows XP stuff (inc games --shows Spider solitaire for example) as well as server specific stuff. Multi-media also works BTW.



Cheers
jimbo.


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22 Nov 2009   #8

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Thank you for the replys. This is what I am trying to find out. I know nothing about administering Server 2008 so I am looking for guidance as to where to start the educational process. I would love to ask more direct or pointed qustions but I can't. I guess what I am looking for is back when you started working with server admin how did you start.
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23 Nov 2009   #9

win 7, R2
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gbsnplr View Post
back when you started working with server admin how did you start.

Oh, that question is easy to answer, the conversation in the mid 1990's went something like this



THEM : Your a unix server guy, right?
ME: Uuuh, yah, why are you looking at me like that....
THEM: This is “windows nt server 3.51” , make it work like our “Novell server”



Since then I've just included win server in the bunch of stuff I use.
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23 Nov 2009   #10

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gbsnplr View Post
I guess what I am looking for is back when you started working with server admin how did you start.
For me, this was back in 1997. I worked tech support for a software company and got interested in working on some other projects. At the time, I talked to a coworker who had taken the Windows NT 4.0 Server and Windows NT 4.0 workstation exams and got some book suggestions from him on studying for the Microsoft certification exams.

Because I had used the desktop OS the most, (Windows 98), I started with the Microsoft Certified Professional Study guide for Windows 98. I read and read and read, eventually registered for the exam and I passed it. From there, I took a test box, got an eval copy of Windows NT 4.0 Server and another MS certification book for this test. I read, read, played, poked and got comfortable and eventually took the exam. From their, I just kept taking exams (TCP/IP, Networking Essentials, Proxy Server, etc), until I had earned the MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer).

After that was complete, I studied in some other areas and got a few other certs. Citrix Certified Admin and Cisco Certified Network Associate. I also bought the books for the CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) certification and read them...even though I didn't plan to get that cert.

From there, I recertified on Windows 2000 and took all 7 exams to earn the Windows 2000 MCSE.

Shortly thereafter, I got the opportunity to take over some of our Linux stuff in our shop as the main Linux/Unix guy was leaving...so I spent a few years learning this system. Took a few classes, read numerous books and just lived and breathed Linux for a couple of years. Took the RHCE exam and passed on my first attempt (this was by far the most challenging of any of the exams that I have ever taken).

So, all in all, I studied, learned, tested, and spent lab time for about 6 years getting my systems admin and networking experience. And that is what I do professionally for a living...so along with the paper certs I also have the real-world hands-on experience.

So, that's my story about how I got started. And it's a never ending ride...there is always new stuff to learn and products change all the time.
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