Tuesday 11 March 2008

Playing with Windows Server 2008 Core

I have been playing around Windows 2008. Specifically with the Core version of the product, in regards to designing a solution to fully support Entourage clients in a Hosted Exchange enviroment.

There were a few hurdles to first overcome however..

First is assigning a static IP to your Core installation.

I first had to run the following command to list the network adapters (NICs) installed on the server:

netsh interface ipv4 show interfaces

I then had to specify which adapter I wanted to change the IP for, using the Idx variable.

The command to change the IP to static was:

netsh interface ipv4 set address name="2" source=static address= mask= gateway=

(obviously disregard my network settings)

Once this was done and I logged back onto the server (although I noted my server wasn't pinging - icmp responses - more on that later) and a simply ipconfig showed the changes had been made:

I then had to manually assign DNS servers, the command for this was:

netsh interface ipv4 add dnsserver name="2" address= index=1

for primary and then:

netsh interface ipv4 add dnsserver name="2" address= index=2

For secondary .

Note: specifying the Idx '2' again and the index=1 or 2 or more, specifying it's another DNS server.

I was then in a position to rename the machine, you are assigned a random computer name during the installation.

This was performed using:

netdom renamecomputer W47C1k34FRG1 /NewName:W2K8DC03

Once the machine had rebooted (shutdown /r) using the command hostname showed the name had changed succesfully.

More to come later on joining the machine to the domain and making it a Domain Controller, as well as my ICMP issue.

Oliver Moazzezi

MVP - Exchange Server

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