My Dell server came with 1Gb (512Mbx2) 80Gb. Over time, l’ve upgraded it to 1.6Tb (160Gb+500Gb+500Gb) storage capacity and yesterday l added 2x 1Gb ECC 533Mhxz DDRs bought online from Crucial Memory to bring up the memory to 3Gb. Then l decided to try out installing the new Windows 2008 server – 64bit version. Here are some notes/comments.
- I noticed the time it takes before you get to the server login screen was much more shorter compared to Windows 2003 with the same server hardware. I dont know if this is because of the obvious performance enhancement by Microsoft or the 64bit version OS. I suspect its the former.
- After installing W2008, you’ll need to set up by default a strong password. In Windows Server 2003 this was suggested but you can skip it. Now its enforced before you can do anything else.
- Remote Desktop is turned off by default, and now has a new secure RDC option when you turn it on.
- On Server management, creating an AD (Active Directory) Forest preceeds being able to do anything else.
- When creating a share folder, the everyone group doesnt appear by default. You have to setup users/groups and add their specific access permissions.