Tag Archives: WS2012

Basic tasks for freshly installed WS2012

Here is the list of frequently required tasks to perform on newly installed WS 2012 box. I know that some of them could be not in line with best practices or your environment requirements but anyway those are frequent tasks.


Check UAC status

\nUse following PowerShell code:\n\nGet-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:SoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionpoliciessystem -Name EnableLUA\n\n0 – disabled, 1 enabled\n

Disable UAC

\nUse following PowerShell code:\n\nSet-ItemProperty -Path HKLM:SoftwareMicrosoftWindowsCurrentVersionpoliciessystem -Name EnableLUA -Value 0\n\nReboot is required. Use shutdown -r -t 0 command for immediate restart.\n

Install full GUI

\nUse following PowerShell code:\n\nAdd-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Shell, Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra\n\n(this is is an alias for Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Shell, Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra)\n\nReboot is required. Use shutdown -r -t 0 command for immediate restart.\n

Rename Machine

\nUse following PowerShell code:\n\nRename-Computer NEWCOMPUTERNAME\n\nReboot is required. Use shutdown -r -t 0 command for immediate restart.\n

Domain Join

\nUse following PowerShell code:\n\nAdd-Computer -domainname YOURDOMAINNAME -cred YOURDOMAINNAMEUSERNAME -passthru\n\nReboot is required. Use shutdown -r -t 0 command for immediate restart.

Windows Server 2012: scaling

Though most powerful capabilities of latest Windows Server 2012 release to my mind are related with its accomplished feature set and new usage scenarios I should admit that we people like to look at numeric metrics and increased figures. Incidentally, some of new things/scenarios available in Windows Server 2012 wouldn’t have been possible without significant scaling up of possible workloads and used resources. So you may find comparative table of scaling for nodes and workloads for WS2008R2 & WS2012RC below (sorry if you are cyrillically challenged, but only Russian version of table was available at my disposal).