Windows 2008 FAQ

Other Questions

1. If you are evaluating Windows 2008, the license expires. Can I extend it?

Yes, you can extend it either before or after expiration. If it has expired, select No to buy a license, it should open an Internet Explorer window. In the address box, enter
C:\Windows\explorer.exe and select option to run it. Now open an elevated command prompt and change directory to c:\Windows\System32.
1. cscript slmgr.vbs -dli - will check the current license status
2. cscript slmgr.vbs -rearm - will extend the license, it can be used only 3 times. A reboot is required.

2. How do I add new local accounts?

In Server Manager (WIN2008), expand Configuration, Local Users and Groups, right click Users and select New User.
Also, in Control Panel, User Accounts, select Manage Another Account, then click on Create a new account link.

3. I cannot find the Adminpak.msi, how do I install the Active Directory, DNS, DHCP tools?

Open Server Manager (WIN2008), click on Features, then click on Add Features and look for Remote Server Administration Tools. Tick the
box next to it. It may ask you to add additional roles such as IIS management tools and Process Activation Services, click Add Required Role Services
and click Next a couple of times then Install. Restart server to complete installation.

4. How do I add new services such as DNS, DHCP, WINS, IIS and so on?

Use Server Manager to add either Roles or Features to install the services required. Please note, that Windows 2008 no longer has NNTP
(News Network Transport Protocol) service.

5. Can I run older programs in compatibility mode?

Yes, Windows 2008 programs can use the Compatibility tab on program shortcuts to run programs from Windows 95 to Windows 2003 SP1.
The Application Compatibility Toolkit 5.6 can be used on older Windows OS to ensure they can be used on newer versions of Windows.

6. Can I restore files backed up on older Windows to Windows 2008?

Windows 2008 does not come with NTBackup tool but you can download a new version from Microsoft Downloads which will allow you
to restore files from bkf files. The tool requires the Removable Storage Manager feature enabled.

To get the full version of NTBackup, you need the following three files copied from a Windows 2003 server to a folder: NTBackup.exe,
ntmsapi.dll and vssapi.dll. Ideally, get hold of Microsoft's System Center Data Protection Manager 2010, Symantec's Backup Exec or
Roxio Retrospec Backup.

For Windows 2008 R2, you can install Windows Server Backup and Migration Tools to migrate roles and settings from previous
versions of Windows.

7. Can I use Windows 2008 Server as a Workstation OS?

Yes, that certainly is possible. Most programs that work with Vista or Windows 7 will work on Windows 2008. There are some articles at
win2008workstation site on customizing your workstation setup. You may also need the Live apps installing.

To get a desktop like Windows 7, you need the Desktop Experience feature installing, then enable the Themes service to access display properties.
In the System control panel, in Advanced Performance settings, enable the Visual Effects to change the desktop and start menu appearance.

You can borrow the Windows 7 desktop picture from a Windows 7 machines called img0.jpg to get it to match a Windows 7 PC.

8. Can I play games on Windows 2008 Server?

Yes, Windows 2008 can support games, you need good graphics card using Vista/7/2008 drivers to support DirectX acceleration.
A list of supported games can be found here.

9. How do I make the Windows 2008 login screen look like the Windows 2003 one?

No, but can get a close approximation but configuring the following security options using the Local Security Policy, under
Local Policies, Security Options which displays as username and password boxes as before:
* Interactive logon: Do not display last user name = Enabled
* Interactive logon: Do not require CTRL+ALT+DEL = Disabled

10. What is new in Windows Server 2008 R2?

- Internet Information Services 7.5
- Updated Server Manager
- New version of Hyper-V
- Windows PowerShell 2.0
- Improve Power consumption management
- Best Practices Analyzer included

11. When using Internet Explorer, I am unable to access some features or download files?

You need to disable the Enhanced Security Configuration (ESC) for Internet Explorer. You can find the configuration in the Server Manager console.

12. How can I use my Scanner in Windows 2008?

A lot of older scanner software will not be compatibile with Windows 2008 or 64 bit systems, but VueScan can be used instead for many scanners.

13. What's the cheapest Windows Server can you get?

You can get either Windows Home Server, Windows Small Business Server (2003-2011) or Windows Server Essentials (2012) for around $501 (£309).
You can download a trial version of SBS or Essentials from the above sites.

14. Can I connect my Server wirelessly to a network?

Yes, you need to install the Wireless LAN Service via the Features section in Server Manager first. Then install a wireless network adapter driver
(if there is no Windows 2008 specific version, you can try Windows 7 x64 compatible drivers).

15. How can I connect to my server remotely?

You can use the Remote Desktop Connection client which is installed on most Windows XP, Vista, or 7 PCs. Make sure that you enable Remote Desktop
connectivity via the System control panel. You can also use VNC (Virtual Network Computing) such as UltraVNC.

16. Can I burn CD and DVD disks like Windows 7?

Windows 2008 R2 does not have the built in CD/DVD burning facilities in explorer like Windows 7, although they are available in Windows Media Player.
You need a third party program such as ImgBurn to burn files to CD/DVD.