Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview

Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview is finally available for download: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/download-preview Really looking forward to set it up in my lab.

Installing VmWare Workstation on a system with Hyper-V

I decided to compare VmWare Workstation 9 to Hyper-V in Windows 8. However if Hyper-V is installed in Windows 8, VmWare Workstation won’t install stating: _“Error: This Product may not be installed on a computer that has Microsoft HyperV installed.”_ I have not found a solution for this, but there is a workaround to dual-boot Windows 8 with or without Hyper-V started by setting “hypervisorlaunchtype” to off in an alternative choice in the boot menu.

Installing RSAT on Windows 8

I tried to install Remote Server Administration Tools on my Windows 8 laptop and received an error stating: Installer encountered an error: 0x80004005 However if I extracted the .msu file with the following command: expand -f:* Windows6.2-KB2693643-x64.msu . and installed the cab Windows6.2-KB2693643-x64.cab using pkgmgr: pkgmgr /ip /m:Windows6.2-KB2693643-x64.cab /l:rsat.log the tools installed successfully. Note that the installation will run in background, check for pkgmgr on the Details tab in Task Manager, when the process terminates the installation is complete.