Given that I often demonstrate Adobe’s server products (LiveCycle ES and others) I typically have a server centric environment on a VMWare image stored locally on my laptop. I have (finally) upgraded my demonstration environment from Windows 2003 to Windows 2008 R2. Since I often get asked how and why I set up my demo environment the way I do, I’ve captured some notes and share them
I won’t cover the actual OS installation, so i’ll assuming the OS & drivers are installed and you’ve run Windows update. First, in order to make the OS look slightly more familiar, I install the Desktop Experience feature using Server Manager, or with the following command line:
- ServerManagerCmd -i Desktop-Experience
- Click Control Panel > Appearance and Personalization
- Click Personalization and select the Aero Theme
Stop the annoying Windows server shutdown event tracker. Each time you reboot you have to log a reason why… useful in production, but ANNOYING in development & demo.
- To open Group Policy, click Start, click Run, type gpedit.msc, and then click OK.
- Local Computer Policy-> Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates-> System-> Display Shutdown Event Tracker
- On the Setting tab, click Disabled.
- Click Apply, and then click OK.
Relax the password security on this demo install. This way you can have any type of password you like.. just don’t do this on a production machine with any sensitive data!
- Group Policy Object [computer name] Policy
- Computer Configuration-> Windows Settings-> Security Settings-> Account Policies-> Password Policy
- Disable the setting “Password must meet complexity”
- Run “gpupdate” command to refresh the group policy
If you want to automatically log into an account;
- In the Start menu click Run and enter control userpasswords2.
- After clicking OK the User Accounts window will show up.
- Click the account you want to login automatically and uncheck Users must enter a user name and password to use this computer checkbox.
- Click Apply, it will ask for the password of the user you selected.
- Enter the password of the selected user twice and click OK.
- From now on every time you start Windows it will automatically login!
To apply Enhanced Security Configuration to specific users by using a computer running Windows Server 2008
- Log on to the computer with a user account that is a member of the local Administrators group.
- Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.
- If the User Account Control dialog box appears, confirm that the action it displays is what you want, and then click Continue.
- Under Security Summary, click Configure IE ESC.
- Under Administrators, click On (Recommended) or Off, depending on your desired configuration.
- Under Users, click On (Recommended) or Off, depending on your desired configuration.
- Click OK.
- Restart Internet Explorer to apply Enhanced Security Configuration.
Other post installation tasks include
- Enable Windows Audio (optional – disabled by default)
- Install Winzip
- Install Firefox
- Install Flash
- show file extensions
- turn UAC off
http://www.expta.com/2009/02/how-to-enable-aero-glass-on-windows.html <- Aero on Win2008
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd883248%28WS.10%29.aspx <- Enhanced Security
+ others I cannot remember
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