Windows Server Configuration Management
I've been impressed by the new management experience in Windows 8 Server from the developer preview, and wanted to see what the administration/configuration experience was like when trying to do something a lot more complex than just tinkering with roles and features, hence the attractiveness of this RC Sandwich Project (RC on beta).
Of course, all of the usual caveats apply; this scenario is as supported as a backbench MP who has just learned via a press release that he enjoys "the full confidence" of his leader.
So, on with the installation.
The first part is to set-up the server prerequisites, which are documented in this TechNet article. Of course, you can go through and install the necessary roles and features manually via the new Server Manager (Local Server –> Manage –> Add Roles and Features), but personally, I prefer to use PowerShell and let the server figure out what it needs in terms of dependencies.
Install-WindowsFeature NET-HTTP-ActivationInstall-WindowsFeature NET-Non-HTTP-Activ
.NET Framework 4.5 is installed and enabled by default, and just like .NET Framework 3.5.1 in Windows Server 2008 R2, it is a server feature. This is useful for registering .NET in IIS, because to do this, you just need to enable/disable the relevant feature, rather than having to use aspnet_regiis.exe.
Once complete, the next step is to spin up an SQL instance. When you fire up the SQL Server 2008 R2 installer, you're presented with a compatibility warning, just like that with the combination of SQL Server 2008/Windows Server 2008 R2.
SQL Server 2008 R2 compatibility warning
(Image Credit: James Bannan)
The "Get help online" option doesn't return any results at this stage — the online help is still in the process of being fleshed out, so this isn't too surprising.
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