Windows 7 sure got the attention of a lot of you this week, but let’s not forget big brother, Windows Server 2008 R2 also shipped the release candidate. Considering Hyper-V is a core tool for me and many of you, I was eager to download and install the RC bits on my Lenovo ThinkPad T61p.
The good news is that many of the core drivers you’ll want, install directly from the Windows Server 2008 R2 RC DVD. These drivers are known as “inbox” drivers. A couple of drivers will also flow off the update.microsoft.com servers.
There is one notable exception. The video driver doesn’t install from the DVD and doesn’t flow off the update.microsoft.com servers. That was a little disappointing because it means you have to do some work to get all of the eye candy. Heck, even if you have no plans to turn on Aero, you’ll still want the video driver for multimon support. With all of that in mind, here are the steps I went through in order to establish my new Hyper-V v2.0 demo environment:
Some of you will likely want to install the other banged out drivers and try to make Windows Server 2008 R2 your daily workstation environment. I have no intention of doing that. I use Windows 7 Ultimate or Enterprise for that. Enjoy your new Hyper-V virtual machine execution environment!!!
Keith, do you experience any of the issues that have plagued the Hyper-V role with Nvidia drivers on 2008 pre-R2 (did you before R2 came out)?
RDP was quite slow for me, but the biggest issue was playing any content in VLC (which I badly need for streaming). I'm currently using the default MS drivers, so no Aero, multimon... for me.
Thanks, Keith. Very useful.
I'm not a big fan of doing AERO on my demo server, but the driver will definitely come in handy for making sure my 2-monitor presentation style will work correctly.
Cheers, my friend!
Like I mentioned above, Aero will most likely only be used by people that want to use Windows Server 2008 as their primary production environment because they need the 64 bit guest VM capabilities of Hyper-V.
Robert Larson is a good example. He runs that way, although I don't know if he uses Aero or not. Which reminds me, he has a great little tip on his blog at http://blogs.technet.com/roblarson/archive/2009/05/02/installing-windows-server-2008-r2-on-a-notebook-and-getting-all-those-required-drivers.aspx. In that tip he indicates how to get all of the Windows 7 RC drivers to install into Windows Server 2008 R2 RC. And no, I haven't tested this. :)
I am a project architect consultant and as you would expect I'm on my client's network. I would expect that some client's would be upset if they saw a new standalone server on their network. Any comment on this?
Why do you need to run server?