My First Hour with Windows 8.1 Preview


Let me first say, I’m not really unhappy with Windows 8. Really doesn’t bother me to hit the windows key to get to the “Metro” or whatever the place with the tiles (or charms) are…

I use Windows 8 for several different devices. I have a laptop and a desktop, both of which are Dell and running Windows 8 pro. I also have a Surface RT running 8 RT… On my desktop and laptop, I seldom use the metro. I go in to start-up programs and such, but once they’re up I typically pin the icon to the task bar, and don’t have to go back in there for it anymore.

Still, being curious, I was intrigued. I went and downloaded it, expecting an “update”, like what a Windows Update would be. This was a little different from what I’d expect.

First, you download a patch and reboot. Then you’re able to log in and go to the store, and download the 8.1 preview. It then installs, and it reboots several more times. The process (on my laptop) took around 1 hour. This might as well have been a whole OS upgrade… Which I suppose, it sort of is.

Now that it’s installed, I have a windows button, just like old times. …huzzah?start button

Now, I know this was a big deal for folks, but like I said earlier, I really didn’t miss it. Hit the windows button on the keyboard, no big deal… And I don’t think this is really what people wanted, to be honest… they wanted a button that brought up a little menu with a list of their stuff. This one just opens the metro.

Again, I don’t care, so whatever.

Another thing, I can make HUGE “charms”.

large tiles

Huzzah again… (read as: big fricken deal).

Another thing that makes me frown, is this:

eval

E-freakin-valuation?? I realize of course that this is there because this is not the “full release” of 8.1, but if I have a problem activating my OS again after this evaluation build expires, I’m going to be furious.

All that said, I can’t really comment on much else, as my tablet is still updating, which is the device I use the Metro most on. I’m expecting to have some good experiences with that, as you can dock more than one thing on the screen…

Other than that this whole process has been a big old: Meh.

But again, it’s only been an hour, and I’m hoping that things like start-up is faster than it had been, it’d ground down to a glacial pace during start-ups.

Have you gotten it? What are your thoughts?

Fucking Follow-Up to SBS 2003 to SBS 2011 Bullshit


So. The active directory integration fucking failed, but the existing domain controller still had the name of the one I was installing, and had it listed as a domain controller.

What’s worse, the fucking new server took over ALL the fucking operations master roles, and I had to seize them back on the old domain controller.

So if you find yourself in the same fucking boat, here’s what to do.

Format the new fucking server, and while that’s going on, cause god knows it can take all fucking day, go into the existing DC, seize all the fucking roles back, and remove the new DC that you’re formatting from AD.

If you can, it might be a good idea to start the whole god damned goat-rope all over again… remove the fucking migration shit from the existing DC, and install it again, giving the new domain controller a new name if possible.

Once fucking Windows was installed, by the way, I had to reinstall fucking exchange too. It was in a different partition, in a components folder. Fuck you, Dell. Fuck you.

Fuck.

SBS 2003 to SBS 2011 Bullshit


Those of you who speak Microsoft may know what I’m talking about when I say Windows Small Business Server… You may even be able to empathize with this post.

I am at a client right now installing a new windows 2011 Small Business Standard server, and it’s my first one. They currently have a SBS 2003 server, and there’s a migration process that is new to 2011.

First, you pop the 2011 install disk into the source server, and you run the prep tool. This is pretty cool, because it performs several tasks that prepares Active Directory for a new domain controller, that you used to have to take care of manually before. Neat feature.

Once that’s done, you create an “Answer file” on the source server, and save it to a thumb drive, that you then plug into the new server. When you start-up the new server, you can start in Migration Mode and it will take info from the answer file on the thumb drive, and the migration then happens.

If you find yourself in this situation, BEFORE you turn on the fucking new server, minimize some windows on the source server after running the fucking migration preparation tool. In behind everything that’s up on your screen is a god damn notification that you need to reboot the source server for the prep to complete. You HAVE to do this, or your fucking migration will fucking fail. THEN you have to format the fucking new server again, and chances are you’ll have to contact fucking Dell (…if you use dell, that is) for the fucking drivers for the fucking raid array.

Fucking Fuck. Best. Fucking. Saturday. EVER.

Fuck.