eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3

 
 
By eweek  |  Posted 2012-05-28
 
 
 

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3

Longhorn Server sports a beefed-up initial configuration tasks dialog that greeted us after installation.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Renaming Admin Account

Longhorn suggested that we rename our administrator account while assigning that account an initial password.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Renaming Admin Account

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - More Admin Account Changes

At Longhorns urging, we logged out after changing our admin account name.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - More Admin Account Changes

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Automatic Updates

We opted in for automatic updates.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Automatic Updates

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Add Roles Wizard

Longhorn Servers Add Roles wizard is chockfull of explanatory text and help file pointers.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Add Roles Wizard

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Installing Multiple Roles

Lonhorn Servers Add Roles wizard can now sort out the installation of multiple roles at once.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Installing Multiple Roles

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Terminal Services

Terminal Services is one of the Windows Server areas thats seen the most change in Longhorn.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Terminal Services

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Dependency Checking

While Longhorns software management framework still isnt as rigorous as that of Debian GNU/Linuxs, its moving in the right direction.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Dependency Checking

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Backward-Compatible Terminal Server

In the last Longhorn Server build we tested, there was no option for allowing pre-RDP 6 clients to access Terminal Services. We were happy to find this rectified in Beta 3, as theres not yet an RDP 6.0 client available for Linux.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Backward-Compatible Terminal Server

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - IIS 7.0

Longhorn Server will ship with a new, more modular version of Microsofts IIS Web server.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - IIS 7.0

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Longhorn File Services

Windows various file serving capabilities, including its distributed file system and NFS, are all packed up into the File Services role dialog.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Longhorn File Services

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Longhorn Helpfulness

All the help text is not yet in place, but the help system integration shows promise.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Longhorn Helpfulness

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Enter the Hourglass

Longhorns knack for sorting out the dependencies across multiple roles was handy, but for us the process ran a bit slowly.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Enter the Hourglass

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Configuration Troubleshooting

As in Windows Server 2003, Longhorn Server does a good job of helping to sort out configuration issues.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Configuration Troubleshooting

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - File Screen Policy

We could block access to particular file types, based on their name extensions.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - File Screen Policy

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Longhorn Server Manager

Longhorns Server Manager offers up a wealth of information.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Longhorn Server Manager

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - CLI Server Manager

Longhorn Server also ships with a command-line version of its Server Manager, although, strangely enough, this application will not work with Longhorns trimmed-down, command-line-only server core configuration-the app relies on .Net, which itself relies

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - CLI Server Manager

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Powershell

Microsofts spiffy new Powershell command-line interface also ships with Longhorn, and, also strangely, Powershell will not work with the Longhorn Server core. Again, the culprit is a .Net dependency.

eWEEK Labs Walk-Through: Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - Powershell

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