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Get a practical introduction to setting up Windows Server 2012. Timothy Pintello breaks down this basic IT task into its core components: installation, roles and services configuration, and local storage setup. He shows you how to practice these steps with VirtualBox and gain real experience without the cost or risks associated with expensive hardware.
Learn how to choose an edition that's right for your setup, install Windows Server 2012 and the VirtualBox drivers, and then configure the services and roles on your new server. Timothy also shows how to set up local storage and manage Windows Server in one of two ways: through the command line or with the simple admin interface that ships with Windows Server.
We've already been working in Server Manger a bit, but let's go ahead and take a little bit deeper look at it. The first thing that comes up is the Dashboard. The Dashboard has a very general purpose. It'll give you links to some very basic configuration features such as adding rules and features, adding other servers to the manager and create a new server group. But other than that, there's really not a lot you can do here. If you look down here on the bottom where it says roles and server groups, you'll notice there are three boxes here. These boxes gives general information about each of the main categories.
Also if you click on this first line, it'll bring you up to the same location that clicking on the similar name on the left-hand side brings you up to. These boxes are a good place to get a good overview of what's going on and if there's a problem, they will be highlighted in red. The next section is the local server. There's very little configuration here other than what we've already been doing with these links. But it also acts as a very good information board for what's happening in the rest of the computer. If we scroll down the local server, we'll notice some boxes such as events.
This events is very similar to the event viewer systems option which will show you errors, warnings and occasional informational messages about what is happening in the computer. Down here, we also have the Services box. The Services box shows all of the services on the computer, and when you right click a service, it gives you the capability to either stop a service that's already started or start a service that has been stopped. You cannot do anything else beyond that here.
Below the services box, we have best practices analyzer and performance box. Neither one of these are set up right now and so you will go on. Finally we have the roles of features box which gives a quick overview of the various roles and features that are currently running on the local machine. When we click the all servers tile over here, we get pretty much the same information as the local server. The information also includes any servers we have decided to manage remotely from this server.
Finally, we have the file and storage services. This gives us an overview of the hard drives and the volumes that we are using on this local machine. We can do minor volume and disk management task here, but for the most part, this is strictly an informational board just like the one for local servers. If we want to do more detailed tasks, we're going to have to use other tools. Let's get started
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