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My first impressions of Longhorn

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by wagnerk, May 2, 2007.

  1. wagnerk
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    Installing Longhorn was a nice experience - better, dare I say, than Windows 2003. During installation you are prompted if you want to install the full server (similar to 2003) or if you just want to install the core server (this is what's been in the news). I, of course, chose the full server install. Even though I'm installing Longhorn on a machine that already has Server 2003 on it, the installation disabled the upgrade path. I can only assume that it's because I booted up from the DVD instead of running the installation program in Windows (this is just like in Vista).

    So a fresh installation it is... After checking the option and after 15 mins & 3 reboots I was faced with the new Longhorn server desktop. It really looks like Vista (from first glance, minus the aero interface and if set Vista to best performance instead of selecting "let Computer decide"). Again something new with Longhorn, I was now faced with "Initial Configuration Tasks", this is where you would set up your admin password, time zone, Networking, Computer name/domain, updates and the add roles/features. Putting that aside for a while, I decide to do windows updates. Ok Windows updates was a slow process and it came back with error code 8024402C. I wasn't too cheesed off with this as it is a beta and it was only released a couple of days ago.
    So back to the roles... There are 17 different roles and 35 different features that you can install on your server, now you're spolit for choice. My first 3 choices were to make my new server a Terminal services server, a fileserver and a web server. First thing I noticed was that the wizards are more friendly and security minded. After making my selection and clicking next about x-teen times, the server just trundled along. OK after it finished setting up the 3 roles I selected, another restart and to finish off the installtion and tah-dah, finshed.

    All in all, first impressions of Longhorn, nice and easy to use. However the real test will be coming up when I decide to make this a domain controller and create a network with clients... As for if I'm going to make the jump from 2k3 to Longhorn when it comes out, well I'll have to see how my tests go.

    Test machine: laptop - 1.6 cel & 512mb of ram.

    -Ken
     
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Nice one Ken.

    I actually installed Beta 3 last night into a VM. Thats all I did though, when it got to the nice shiney desktop I had to shut it down and go do other things. Perhaps someday I will have the time to play with my toys! :dry
     
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    Have you any screenshots? Where did you get the beta from?
     
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    I got them directly from MS. Don't have any screen shots from installing the server, but will post some screen shot tomorrow with the server running :)

    -Ken
     
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    Just downloaded it.

    @SGUK, what virtual software have you used to install it?
     
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    I got my copy the other day...have yet to have a play about with but hopefully will install it soon and much about on it...might give it a bash on VMWare as opposed to VPC but will try both to see which runs better...or that wont matter I guess hehe...I happen to have both 32 and 64 bit...so we'll see the difference...
     
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    I'm running it in parallels on my MacBook. Simply told it that it was a Vista OS and installed no problem.

    Had a few mins on it this afternoon, managed to get a password set on the Administrator account! :rolleyes:
     
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    Interesting, I would like to give it a try in a VM. Right now I have 2k3 installed in a VM because I am studying for 2k3 but maybe in a few weeks I'll give it a try, I will definitly however download it right now.
     
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    going to download and install it soon... now that uni is over! 8)
     
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    its a shame the Windows Server Virtualisation Services wont be released until 180 days after launch
    boo hoo, that stuffs gonna rock (I hope)
     
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    I really like the new Server Manager Console it is a good central location to do most things from. Have installed AD, DNS and CA, AD looks very similar to 2k3, DNS is almost identical and CA is also similar.

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  13. wagnerk
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    I was going to post up some pictures, but I'll just post a link to Techrepublic as they have already it :)

    -ken
     
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    The screenshots there look good and the dude writing the captions was either very funny or was very very bored...I myself have been playing with this for the last 2 days now...

    I since created my server, connected my vista machine to the domain and also included a network drive...I am really starting to get the hang of this...

    Of course it is beta so there are few things expected such as Echange 2007 not working on longhorn so far until SP1...overall I think it will do ok when its fully released...but for now I shall carry on playing around hehe :biggrin
     
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