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  1. #11

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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    Wow! This peaks my curiosity! I kind of want to see if I can throw Server 2012 into a VM and play with it.

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  2. #12

    Hafnarfjörður IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Hi there
    I started off with a VM (I ran under W7 as if something failed then it might have been difficult to find out if it's the VM or the host that's got the problem).

    Took two goes to load it up --- read my comments in this thread

    Windows 2012 server Release Candidate fails install with vmware rel 8 - Windows 7 Forums

    Note in spite of the title it DOES work now -- but read what I had to change to get it to install using VMware.

    I suggest you start by choosing the GUI install and remember once you boot it IS as server so you need to do a bit of fiddling to get it to be user friendly like a desktop (no nags at re-boot etc etc).

    To enable themes etc you need to turn on Desktop experience after the ist boot -- the downside of that is that you can then customize the desktop but you'll get the metro screen (aka Windows 8).

    Note if you are used to servers before the manage your server has totally changed -- I think this version is far better and logical but if you are used to older versions of Ms servers the stuff is in different places.

    On ist boot also switch off IE Internet security from the Server management or you won't be able to get to the Internet.

    screen shot enc over where to set this.

    Note also to disable the automatic start of Manage your server its at the TOP under Manage===> properties and there you can disable the automatic start.

    I'm also not sure if there's any built in AV software -- server firewall built in is pretty good anyway.

    If you don't enable the desktop experience then it boots directly to the desktop but has hideousely ugly bland grey screen -- take your choice -- it's a SERVER so screen de-uglification wasn't MS's highest priority

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    Last edited by jimbo45; 08 Jul 2012 at 01:02.
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  3. #13

    Hi, I'm new on this forum, I have a question regarding the installation of Windows Server 2012 on a laptop, Is it possible to configure the energy options so the system can put on sleep mode when I close the lid? I've tried to do that, but the only options I can see are "do nothing" and "shut down".

    I hope anyone can answer me.

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