This morning I installed Windows Server 2008 Enterprise x64 VL on my Lenovo ThinkPad T61p. The VL stands for volume license and it allows me to activate via our corpnet KMS server or through MAK key activation. The bits I installed are likely the RTM bits. They are still being hammered and the build I installed has not been declared the shipping version just yet. Patience grasshopper.
The installation is really painless. In fact, if you are doing a Core install, you simply won't believe how fast the installation actually is. We interviewed some candidates for my team on 1/22 and I had proposed to the interview team that we should hand my HP 6910p to them, the Windows Server 2008 DVD, and tell each one of them to install and activate a Core installation. I thought it would be a great test since it only takes 20 minutes but I guess the other members of the team thought it would freak out the candidates.
So how easy is the install? Here are the steps I go through:
Other Optional Installs
At this point you have a pretty functional Windows Server 2008 machine with full audio, video and networking. I usually stop here because I don't really worry much about Bluetooth support, the fingerprint scanner, etc. We have a few people running Windows Server 2008 on their T61p's as a full time production machine. I'll probably get some other instructions from them on the remainder of the drivers they install.
In case you are wondering, the Desktop Experience and audio driver installs are required if you plan to capture any demos with Camtasia 5.
Enjoy Windows Server 2008 on your smoking Lenovo Thinkpad T61p !!!
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Interesting point at blogs.technet.com
Knew we could count on you for this guide! Thanks a mil!
I'm having significantly more problems with the install on the x64 Standard edition, but some of this could be that I misinstalled the chipset drivers. When extracting the ZIP on the Intel site of the Intel INF Utility / Chipset Support Software, I extracted it to a driver store folder, rather than to the program files (x86)\intel\InfInst installation subdirectory. There's no easy way to uninstall, and it's telling me now that I've moved the stuff to where it ought to be, that the components are already installed. I may get desperate and reinstall from scratch.
The installation problems I'm experiencing are with the following T61p drivers:
1. Intel PRO1000 driver's PROSETDX application [This was broken under the RC.]
2. Intel 4965agn
[This is newly broken under the RTM. I'm running the MS driver, not the Intel driver.]
3. Power Manager, both current and previous builds. [This is new to the RTM, and installed fine under the RC. The ACPI driver itself installed fine. The PM utility just halts when installing.]
4. UltraNav Utility.
[This is new to the RTM. The driver installs fine, but the Utility doesn't bring up an installer at all when you double-click. But under Control Panel, it shows it's installed. When I uninstalled to try again, it damaged the Control Panel-->Mouse function, with an error, "Unable to Connect to the Synaptics UltraNav Pointing Device Driver." This persists even now that I've erased and reinstalled the UltraNav *driver* itself.
5. System Update 3.13.
[This is new to the RTM. It installs, but then says it cannot find new updates.]
6. Rescue & Recovery 4.2.
[4.1 was also broken under the RC. It doesn't matter in itself, but as I understand it, the CSS and Fingerprint Reader drivers/apps need R&R installed in order to function.]
I'll let you know in a day or so whether the clean reinstallation went any differently the second time around, but for now I'm going to avoid the UltraNav utility like the plague.
Final update after REinstalling Windows Server 2008. Some of this is my fault.
1. The Intel Chipset and 4965agn drivers installed fine after I read the fine print on the installer 'readme's. Intel has chosen some unorthodox install procedures, which I had not followed as carefully as needed.
2. Power Manager installed fine. What I had done incorrectly was to delete some of the foreign language installation files (bloat) before running the setup. Apparently Lenovo has created some dependencies that flummox the setup.exe if all the bloat isn't there. I've also discovered that Productivity Center and the UltraNav driver have the same dependencies. My guess is that the rest of the ThinkVantage utilities have the same stuff. (I thought for a while maybe it was Simplified Chinese that also had to be included, but that's not the case.)
3. R&R and SU still don't run. Good riddance!
The installation has gone just fine after all. This OS rocks! Great work!
(... Now if only you could uninstall some of the MS accessories: Windows Calendar, Contacts, Notepad, WordPad....)
I am wondering if any of your co workers were able to get the sleep function to work. I installed the power management software, but sleep doesn't work.
Did you install the Hyper-V role? It breaks power management.
Ah, yes. Did not know that! Thanks!
Bummer it can't be re-enabled. Looks like I am not the only one who thinks so....
Yea, but I don't use suspend so you are talking to the wrong person. Frankly, I totally understand disabling this for a server product. I'd be pretty upset if I had a server that decided to go to sleep.
There are a number of people (Microsoftees) that are trying to use WS 2008 as their production OS. Why struggle with that? I'd either dual boot or just but another hard drive.
I do the latter since it's the cleanest approach to keeping boot configuration data collisions from occuring. I stopped doing dual boot about 10 years ago. I stopped fighting sleep/resume about 5 years ago. Life has been great since.
Thanks a lot, tried to install Windows Server 2008 EE from vmware workstation 6.02 on SuSE Linix 10.3 x64. (4GB total, assign 3GB to 2008 Server)
Cannot pass the step of setting Adminsitrator's password.
I will try again using P@ssw0rd from this article.
You might shed any apprehensions about the multiboot process if you download EasyBCD. It's amazingly straightforward at configuring multiboot for Vista/NT6/Longhorn, or any OS, for that matter.
In the three months since I started using it, the MBR has corrupted twice, but it never got to the point where I wasn't booting into the primary OS, and EasyBCD never gave me trouble resetting to the desired configuration. Plus, the program assists you in backing up the BCD file.
Mahmoud al-Qudsi, the author, is also exceedingly responsive to tech issues.
BTW, tne reason to consider running WS as your workhorse OS: Server Manager. (Nice job, guys!)
I just completed what I believe to be the exact same steps you did on my Lenovo T61p, using your documentation as my guide. You've documented everything very well.
A few issues that came up that I thought other readers could benefit from.
You said you picked the Enterprise Edition, but didn't specify if you did the Full install or server core. I assumed Full install, because the rest of your article eluded to enabling desktop experience. However, up above, you referenced how fast server core would install. It's nice to see that 64 bit is the only option when using the dual-core chip included with the T61p!
The optional steps needed some additional clarification:
Turn on the Windows Audio service - I started it, which in turn automatically started the Windows Audio Endpoint Builder. However, when you reboot, they won't be running unless you change it from manual to automatic, and hit apply or okay.
Turn on the Windows Audio Endpoint Builder service - As with the Windows Audio service, you must set this to automatically start, and hit apply/okay.
The only other items you did not document were how to get the remaining "unknown devices" under "other devices" to install properly. I assume you didn't do this because you were not intending to use it for much outside of your demos. Four of the five "other devices" I had were fixed by installing the 4-in-1 reader software from Lenovo's site, however, I still have one device that is showing up as an "other device" and I'm not sure what it is. Windows Update, Microsoft Update, and "Check for driver updates online" don't know what it is either.
I installed Lenovo's Power Manager software, which installed just fine. The icon shows up in the bar down below, and I can change the power plans using it.
I can't be certain, but it may be for the security chip. I don't have the fingerprint reader or bluetooth.
Some of the function keys work (brightness, keyboard light, etc). Perhaps its a driver for those?
Aha - figured it out - the Lenovo Thinkpad power management driver. Works:
Hope this helps!
I got my T61 up and running with server 2008, very nice, but i really misses the 'offline files' i found the service but i'm not able to enable it. Gets an error message.
Any thoughts about this? How to get it to work?
What drivers did you use. One of the links you posted took me to Windows XP 64bit drivers?
I have installed Windows 2008 64bit, but wasn't sure if I should used Window 2003 64 bit drivers, Windows XP 64 bit drivers, or what since there don't appear to be any official Windows 2008 64bit (or 32bit for that matter) drivers.