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For Sale – 15″ Macbook Pro with touchbar (2016)

Hi all,

I’ve decided to go back to a windows PC, I don’t get on with these new macbook keyboards at all, so I’ve bought myself a new Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon with a proper keyboard

So my macbook is for sale, purchased from Apple Store in Feb 2017 meaning the applecare has expired now.

It’s the 15″ 2016 model, 2.6GHz i7, 16GB 2133Mhz LPDDR3, 256GB Flash drive, Intel HD 530 1536MB, Radeon Pro 450, Touchbar

It’s in excellent condition, I’ve been using a solid cover on it for the past year so can’t see any scratches or marks at all on the case itself, no dead pixels that I can see. It does suffer from the “speaker pop” issue where randomly and rarely will a slight pop be heard from the speaker, never really bothered me.

macbook pro speaker pop – Google Search

It’s been wiped and running latest Mac OS version, comes fully boxed with charger.

Price and currency: £1350
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT, PPG
Location: Pwllheli, Wales
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Breaking Up Old but Hi Spec (at the time) Windows PC

My very old but fully working windows pc has been gathering dust so need to get rid to make space and just wondered if any of the bits are of use to anyone? All prices negotiable as not too sure how much these bits worth.

please assume no original packing unless stated but everything will be well packaged

postage to be discussed for each item

Can take individual pics as needed

Collection from London Se9 also possible or London Charing Cross work days

Case £50
Antec Dark Fleet DF85 (case only no power supply, wires unless fitted originally)
Specifications

  • Dimensions (mm) 213 x 505 x 577 mm (W x D x H)
  • Material Steel
  • Colour Black
  • Weight 11kg
  • Front Panel Power and reset switches, 1 x USB 3, 3 x USB 2, Stereo, Mic
  • Drive Bays 3 x external 5.25in drive bays, 9 x internal 3.5in drive bays, 1 internal 2.5in drive bay, 1 external 2.5in drive bay
  • Form factor(s) ATX, micro-ATX
  • Cooling 3 x front 120mm fan mounts (fans included), 2 x rear 120mm fan mounts (fans included), 2 x 140mm roof fan mounts (fans included) plus extra Akasa Apache Black Fan on side
  • Graphics card dimensions supported 318mm long, dual slot, full height

Power £75
Corsair TX750W
Corsair TX750W Power Supply

Motherboard £50

Manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer INC
Model Rampage Formula (LGA775)
Version Rev 1.xx
Chipset Vendor Intel Chipset Model X48 Chipset Revision 01
Southbridge Vendor Intel Southbridge Model 82801IR (ICH9R) Revision 02
BIOS
Brand American Megatrends Inc. Version 0902 Date 28/04/2009

CPU £20
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 / Cores 4 / Threads 4
Name Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
Code Name Yorkfield
Package Socket 775 LGA
Technology 45nm
Specification Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q9550 @ 2.83GHz
CPU Only no cooler

CPU Cooler £15
Arctic Freezer Pro Rev
freezer-7-pro-rev-2.html

RAM £60
4 sticks of Corsair Dominator CM2X2048 – 8500C5D 1066mhz 5-5-5-15 2.1V ver 1.1

GPU £50
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Palit Platinum sonic
Memory Type GDDR5
Physical Memory 1023 MB
Virtual Memory 1024 MB
Bus Width 64×4 (256 bit)
Shaders 384 unified
Palit GeForce GTX 560 Sonic Platinum Specs

Sound Card £30
ASUS Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe True HDMI 1.3a 7.1Ch Soundcard, Dolby True HD/DTS Master Audio PCI-E
Just the card itself. Have original box but not in best condition

Price and currency: various
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PPG or BT
Location: London
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – Breaking Up Old but Hi Spec (at the time) Windows PC

My very old but fully working windows pc has been gathering dust so need to get rid to make space and just wondered if any of the bits are of use to anyone? All prices negotiable as not too sure how much these bits worth.

please assume no original packing unless stated but everything will be well packaged

postage to be discussed for each item

Can take individual pics as needed

Collection from London Se9 also possible or London Charing Cross work days

Case £50
Antec Dark Fleet DF85 (case only no power supply, wires unless fitted originally)
Specifications

  • Dimensions (mm) 213 x 505 x 577 mm (W x D x H)
  • Material Steel
  • Colour Black
  • Weight 11kg
  • Front Panel Power and reset switches, 1 x USB 3, 3 x USB 2, Stereo, Mic
  • Drive Bays 3 x external 5.25in drive bays, 9 x internal 3.5in drive bays, 1 internal 2.5in drive bay, 1 external 2.5in drive bay
  • Form factor(s) ATX, micro-ATX
  • Cooling 3 x front 120mm fan mounts (fans included), 2 x rear 120mm fan mounts (fans included), 2 x 140mm roof fan mounts (fans included) plus extra Akasa Apache Black Fan on side
  • Graphics card dimensions supported 318mm long, dual slot, full height

Power £75
Corsair TX750W
Corsair TX750W Power Supply

Motherboard £50

Manufacturer ASUSTeK Computer INC
Model Rampage Formula (LGA775)
Version Rev 1.xx
Chipset Vendor Intel Chipset Model X48 Chipset Revision 01
Southbridge Vendor Intel Southbridge Model 82801IR (ICH9R) Revision 02
BIOS
Brand American Megatrends Inc. Version 0902 Date 28/04/2009

CPU £20
Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 / Cores 4 / Threads 4
Name Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550
Code Name Yorkfield
Package Socket 775 LGA
Technology 45nm
Specification Intel Core2 Quad CPU Q9550 @ 2.83GHz
CPU Only no cooler

CPU Cooler £15
Arctic Freezer Pro Rev
freezer-7-pro-rev-2.html

RAM £60
4 sticks of Corsair Dominator CM2X2048 – 8500C5D 1066mhz 5-5-5-15 2.1V ver 1.1

GPU £50
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560 Palit Platinum sonic
Memory Type GDDR5
Physical Memory 1023 MB
Virtual Memory 1024 MB
Bus Width 64×4 (256 bit)
Shaders 384 unified
Palit GeForce GTX 560 Sonic Platinum Specs

Sound Card £30
ASUS Xonar HDAV 1.3 Deluxe True HDMI 1.3a 7.1Ch Soundcard, Dolby True HD/DTS Master Audio PCI-E
Just the card itself. Have original box but not in best condition

Price and currency: various
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: PPG or BT
Location: London
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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For Sale – MSI ge73vr 7re gaming laptop (almost new)

Couple of weeks old so it is in mint condition. The reason for sale is that I cant get used to windows again after using a MacBook for so many years. I had planned on selling my gaming pc and MacBook and using this laptop instead but I’ve changed my mind so it’s up for sale.

The laptop is an absolute beast and handles any games or tasks I have thrown at it in the short space of time I’ve had it. I have tried it with my Oculus Rift and it does VR no problem. I have done a clean install of windows which will run through setup when you first turn on.

Would rather collection but posting is an option. Any questions fire away.

Here is the main specs of this model…

Panel – 17.3″ FHD 120Hz (Wide View, Anti Glare)
CPU – I7 7700HQ
Video – GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
HDD – 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
RAM – 8GB DDR4

Here is the description from the website…

Enjoy AAA gaming on this stylish laptop powered by an Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ processor and 8Gb DDR4 RAM. The big screen is enhanced by a 120Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time panel, making this is the go-to companion you can count on to never lose a detail during hectic gameplay.

The level of realism is drawn from the panel’s ability to produce up to 120 picture frames per second, topped with 94% NTSC Color Gamut calibration to bring you the most vibrant visuals for your ultimate entertainment experience. It’s VR compatible too!

MSI Cooler Boost 5 technology used dual Whirlwind Blade fans with 7 heat pipes to intensively and efficiently drive heat out of the system, meaning your laptop stays cool no matter how intensive the action gets.

Price and currency: 950
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT PPG or Cash on collection
Location: Dunfermline
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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For Sale – Ultra modern HTPC – Kabylake, DDR4, GT1030, SSD etc

Windows 10 Pro is installed on the SSD, it is activated with a volume license.

Nice, cool running and quiet HTPC. There is no fan on the GPU, it boosts to 1700+ mhz under load but never goes above 65 degrees Celsius. Not much bigger than the original Xbox One.

This link is exactly the case I have – CiT S503 Compact Micro ATX Desktop PC Case with 300W PSU

Total cost for new parts on PC Part Picker is close to £400.

I have original boxes for motherboard, CPU and GPU. They were purchased brand new in March 2018.

Price is £200 (no offers) plus courier cost (which can be negotiated depending on service used).

The only reason that I am selling is because I like building PCs and I am starting a new project!

Price and currency: £200
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT
Location: Swansea
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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Taking stock of Windows Server management tools

The right Windows server management tools keep the business running with minimal interruptions. But administrators should be open to change as the company’s needs evolve.

Many organizations run on mix of new and old technologies that complicate the maintenance workload of the IT staff. Administrators need to take stock of their systems and get a complete rundown of all the variables associated with the server operating systems under their purview. While it might not be possible to use one utility to run the entire data center, administrators must assess which tool offers the most value by weighing the capabilities of each.

For these everyday tasks, administrators have a choice of several Windows server management tools that come at no extra cost. Some have been around for years, while others recently emerged from development. The following guide helps IT workers understand why certain tools work well in particular scenarios.

Choose a GUI or CLI tool?

Windows server management tools come in two flavors: graphical user interface (GUI) and command-line interface (CLI).

Many administrators will admit it’s easier to work with a GUI tool because the interface offers point-and-click management without a need to memorize commands. A disadvantage to a GUI tool is the amount of time it takes to execute a command, especially if there are a large number of servers to manage.

Administrators can use both PowerShell versions side by side, which might be necessary for some shops.

Learning how to use and implement a CLI tool can be a slow process because it takes significant effort to learn the language. One other downside is many of these CLI tools were not designed to work together; the administrator must learn how to pipe output from one CLI tool to the next to develop a workflow.

A GUI tool is ideal when there are not many servers to manage, or for one-time or infrequent tasks. A CLI tool is more effective for performing a series of actions on multiple servers.

This tip offers more specifics about the two interfaces used with server management tools.

Windows Admin Center: A new management contender

Windows Admin Center, formerly Project Honolulu, is a GUI tool that combines local and remote server management tools in a single console for a consolidated administrative experience.

Windows Admin Center is one of Microsoft’s newer Windows server management tools that makes it easier to work with nondomain machines, particularly those running Server Core.

Windows Admin Center can only manage Windows systems and lacks the functionality IT workers have come to expect with the Remote Server Administration Tools application.

Administrators interested in using Windows Admin Center as one of their primary Windows server management tools should be aware of potential security issues before implementing it in their data center.

This article provides additional details about the features of this tool.

A venerable offering expands to new platforms

Now more than 10 years old, PowerShell is one of the key Windows server management tools due to its potent ability to manage multiple machines through scripting. No longer just a Windows product, Microsoft converted the automation and configuration management tool into an open source project. Microsoft initially called this new offering PowerShell Core, but now refers to it as just PowerShell. The open source version of PowerShell runs on Linux and macOS platforms. Microsoft supports Windows PowerShell but does not plan to add more features to it.

Administrators can use both PowerShell versions side by side, which might be necessary for some shops. At the moment, Windows PowerShell provides more functionality because certain features have yet to be ported to PowerShell Core.

This link offers more information about the differences between the two versions that administrators need to know.

For Sale – MSI ge73vr 7re gaming laptop (almost new)

Couple of weeks old so it is in mint condition. The reason for sale is that I cant get used to windows again after using a MacBook for so many years. I had planned on selling my gaming pc and MacBook and using this laptop instead but I’ve changed my mind so it’s up for sale.

The laptop is an absolute beast and handles any games or tasks I have thrown at it in the short space of time I’ve had it. I have tried it with my Oculus Rift and it does VR no problem. I have done a clean install of windows which will run through setup when you first turn on.

Would rather collection but posting is an option. Any questions fire away.

Here is the main specs of this model…

Panel – 17.3″ FHD 120Hz (Wide View, Anti Glare)
CPU – I7 7700HQ
Video – GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
HDD – 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
RAM – 8GB DDR4

Here is the description from the website…

Enjoy AAA gaming on this stylish laptop powered by an Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ processor and 8Gb DDR4 RAM. The big screen is enhanced by a 120Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time panel, making this is the go-to companion you can count on to never lose a detail during hectic gameplay.

The level of realism is drawn from the panel’s ability to produce up to 120 picture frames per second, topped with 94% NTSC Color Gamut calibration to bring you the most vibrant visuals for your ultimate entertainment experience. It’s VR compatible too!

MSI Cooler Boost 5 technology used dual Whirlwind Blade fans with 7 heat pipes to intensively and efficiently drive heat out of the system, meaning your laptop stays cool no matter how intensive the action gets.

Price and currency: 950
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT PPG or Cash on collection
Location: Dunfermline
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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DO NOT proceed with a deal until you are completely satisfied with all details being correct. It’s in your best interest to check out these details yourself.

For Sale – MSI ge73vr 7re gaming laptop (almost new)

Couple of weeks old so it is in mint condition. The reason for sale is that I cant get used to windows again after using a MacBook for so many years. I had planned on selling my gaming pc and MacBook and using this laptop instead but I’ve changed my mind so it’s up for sale.

The laptop is an absolute beast and handles any games or tasks I have thrown at it in the short space of time I’ve had it. I have tried it with my Oculus Rift and it does VR no problem. I have done a clean install of windows which will run through setup when you first turn on.

Would rather collection but posting is an option. Any questions fire away.

Here is the main specs of this model…

Panel – 17.3″ FHD 120Hz (Wide View, Anti Glare)
CPU – I7 7700HQ
Video – GTX 1060 6GB GDDR5
HDD – 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
RAM – 8GB DDR4

Here is the description from the website…

Enjoy AAA gaming on this stylish laptop powered by an Intel® Core™ i7-7700HQ processor and 8Gb DDR4 RAM. The big screen is enhanced by a 120Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time panel, making this is the go-to companion you can count on to never lose a detail during hectic gameplay.

The level of realism is drawn from the panel’s ability to produce up to 120 picture frames per second, topped with 94% NTSC Color Gamut calibration to bring you the most vibrant visuals for your ultimate entertainment experience. It’s VR compatible too!

MSI Cooler Boost 5 technology used dual Whirlwind Blade fans with 7 heat pipes to intensively and efficiently drive heat out of the system, meaning your laptop stays cool no matter how intensive the action gets.

Price and currency: 950
Delivery: Delivery cost is not included
Payment method: BT PPG or Cash on collection
Location: Dunfermline
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I prefer the goods to be collected

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What is Active Directory? – Definition from WhatIs.com

Active Directory (AD) is a Microsoft product that consists of several services that run on Windows Server to manage permissions and access to networked resources.

Active Directory stores data as objects. An object is a single element, such as a user, group, application or device, such as a printer. Objects are normally defined as either resources — such as printers or computers — or security principals — such as users or groups.

Active Directory categorizes objects by name and attributes. For example, the name of a user might include the name string, along with information associated with the user, such as passwords and Secure Shell (SSH) keys.

The main service in Active Directory is Domain Services (AD DS), which stores directory information and handles the interaction of the user with the domain. AD DS verifies access when a user signs into a device or attempts to connect to a server over a network. AD DS controls which users have access to each resource. For example, an administrator typically has a different level of access to data than an end user.

Other Microsoft products, such as Exchange Server and SharePoint Server, rely on AD DS to provide resource access. The server that hosts AD DS is the domain controller.

Active Directory services

Several other services comprise Active Directory. They are Lightweight Directory Services, Certificate Services, Federation Services and Rights Management Services. Each service expands the product’s directory management capabilities.

Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) has the same codebase as AD DS, sharing similar functionalities, such as the API. AD LDS, however, can run in multiple instances on one server and holds directory data in a data store using Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP).

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How to use the identity and access tool
from Microsoft

LDAP is an application protocol used to access and maintain directory services over a network. LDAP stores objects — such as usernames and passwords — in directory services — such as Active Directory — and shares that object data across the network.

Certificate Services (AD CS) generates, manages and shares certificates. A certificate uses encryption to enable a user to exchange information over the internet securely with a public key.

Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) authenticates user access to multiple applications — even on different networks — using single sign-on (SSO). As the name indicates, SSO only requires the user to sign on once rather than use multiple dedicated authentication keys for each service.

Rights Management (AD RMS) controls information rights and management. AD RMS encrypts content, such as email or Word documents, on a server to limit access.

Major features in Active Directory Domain Services

Active Directory Domain Services uses a tiered layout consisting of domains, trees and forests to coordinate networked elements.

A domain is a group of objects, such as users or devices, that share the same AD database. Domains have a domain name system (DNS) structure.

Group Policy Management console
Active Directory’s Group Policy Management console gives admins a tool to customize user and computer settings in their organization.

A tree is one or more domains grouped together. The tree structure uses a contiguous namespace to gather the collection of domains in a logical hierarchy. Trees can be viewed as trust relationships where a secure connection, or trust, is shared between two domains. Multiple domains can be trusted where one domain can trust a second, and the second domain can trust a third. Because of the hierarchical nature of this setup, the first domain can implicitly trust the third domain without needing explicit trust.

A forest is a group of multiple trees. A forest consists of shared catalogs, directory schemas, application information and domain configurations. The schema defines an object’s class and attributes in a forest. In addition, global catalog servers provide a listing of all the objects in a forest.

Organizational Units (OUs) organize users, groups and devices. Each domain can contain its own OU. However, OUs cannot have separate namespaces, as each user or object in a domain must be unique. For example, a user account with the same username cannot be created.

History and development of Active Directory   

Microsoft offered a preview of Active Directory in 1999 and released it a year later with Windows 2000 Server. Microsoft continued to develop new features with each successive Windows Server release.

Windows Server 2003 included a notable update to add forests and the ability to edit and change the position of domains within forests. Domains on Windows Server 2000 could not support newer AD updates running in Server 2003.

Windows Server 2008 introduced AD FS. Additionally, Microsoft rebranded the directory for domain management as AD DS, and AD became an umbrella term for the directory-based services it supported.

Windows Server 2016 updated AD DS to improve AD security and migrate AD environments to cloud or hybrid cloud environments. Security updates included the addition of privileged access management (PAM).

PAM monitored access to an object, the type of access granted and what actions the user took. PAM added bastion AD forests to provide an additional secure and isolated forest environment. Windows Server 2016 ended support for devices on Windows Server 2003.

In December 2016, Microsoft released Azure AD Connect to join an on-premises Active Directory system with Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) to enable SSO for Microsoft’s cloud services, such as Office 365. Azure AD Connect works with systems running Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2016.

Active Directory versus Workgroup

Workgroup is another Microsoft program that connects Windows machines over a peer-to-peer network. Workgroup allows these machines to share files, internet access, printers and other resources over the network. Peer-to-peer networking removes the need for a server for authentication.

Main competitors to Active Directory

Other directory services on the market that provide similar functionality to AD include Red Hat Directory Server, Apache Directory and OpenLDAP.

Red Hat Directory Server manages user access to multiple systems in Unix environments. Similar to AD, Red Hat Directory Server includes user ID and certificate-based authentication to restrict access to data in the directory.

Apache Directory is an open source project that runs on Java and operates on any LDAP server, including systems on Windows, macOS and Linux. Apache Directory includes a schema browser and an LDAP editor/browser. Apache Directory supports Eclipse plug-ins.

OpenLDAP is a Windows-based open source LDAP directory. OpenLDAP enables users to browse, search and edit objects in an LDAP server. OpenLDAP also features copying, moving and deleting of trees in the directory, as well as enabling schema browsing, password management, LDAP SSL support, and more.

What’s New in Windows Server 2019 Insider Preview Build 17692

Windows Server 2019 is set to launch later this year – but exactly what’s in store for the latest version of the popular Microsoft operating system?

We now have access to a new Windows Server 2019 preview build, and this one has some things for Hyper-V users. You can read their official notification here. If you haven’t yet gotten into the preview program yet, you can join up and test out it out – sign up to be an Insider. You might want to put this one directly onto hardware if you have the opportunity. Otherwise, try to use a system capable of nested virtualization. I’ll go over the new offerings released on the latest version: insider preview build 17692.

Ongoing Testing Request

As a reminder, Microsoft has made a request for specific items to test in each build, they want users to specifically test:

  • In-place upgrade from WS2012R2 and/or WS2016
  • Compatibility with applications

I’ve done a little bit of my own testing down this avenue with positive results. My process started from a checkpoint of the original system. For each new build, I revert to the creation point of that checkpoint and install the new build. If you take the effort to do the same, don’t forget to report your findings! To do so you can use the Feedback Application on your Windows 10 desktop, select the server category and then choose the applicable sub-category for your feedback.

Build 17692 Feature 1: Dedicated Hyper-V Server

Hopefully, this is common knowledge now, but Hyper-V ships in its own SKU separate from Windows Server. Up until now, the preview builds of Windows Server 2019 only included the full server product. Insider preview build 17692 now has the separate Hyper-V Server product.

17692 does not include any specific functionality changes for Hyper-V. If you will use Hyper-V Server in your environment, you can start testing it now.

Build 17692 Feature 2: System Insights

In the shortest form, the System Insights feature automates a lot of the difficulty in gathering performance data and using it to predict future behavior and needs. Azure offers similar functionality and features, but Systems Insights requires nothing external. The free Windows Admin Center (formerly Project Honolulu) will give you nice charts on current and anticipated performance. You can extend the reporting functionality with response scripts.

Additional Download: Server Core App Compatibility Features on Demand

While not contained within the main bits of the build yet, this has to be one of the coolest features we’ve seen added. Insider preview build 17692 includes the ability to install a Feature on Demand package that will add several of the main Windows Server Management tools that we’ve come to rely on over the years. All of this on Server Core, and without the additional requirements and bloat from the full GUI installation!

insider preview build 17692

Current tools available with this feature are:

  • Performance Monitor (PerfMon.exe)
  • Resource Monitor (Resmon.exe)
  • Device Manager (Devmgmt.msc)
  • Microsoft Management Console (mmc.exe)
  • Windows PowerShell ISE (Powershell_ISE.exe)
  • Failover Cluster Manager (CluAdmin.msc)
  • Process Monitor (Procmon.exe) and other Sysinternals
  • SQL Server Management Studio

Commentary on Windows Server 2019 Insider Preview Build 17692

First, a bit about the split-out of Hyper-V Server. That was an expected move as we near release. Microsoft has not signaled any intent to end SKU separation. Organizations using Hyper-V Server can now start previewing 2019 in the same way that they use previous versions today. You can expect Hyper-V Server to start extending down the same paths as Windows Server. Of course, the Windows Server features won’t appear in Hyper-V Server, but management and reporting capabilities will.

On to the bigger topic of System Insights. If you were looking for a good reason to make the jump to 2019, this might be it. In the past, we had to either guess at utilization or become comfortable with the various performance monitoring tools. Guesses nearly always result in overspending. Proper performance monitoring consumes a lot of time, especially during the analysis phases. Systems Insights eases the data-gathering process. Even better, it leverages modern machine learning technologies to help predict what will sort of needs you’ll have in the future. Windows Admin Center will make the whole thing easy to use.

My primary hope for System Insights is that it will put a knife into one of my personal pet peeves: predatory “consultants” and incompetent “admins”. I commonly see unscrupulous outfits peddling a one-size-fits-all design as a magic bullet to every customer they have. Of course, it always does everything that those customers need because it can handle many times more work than they’ll ever reasonably throw at it. The “consultant” never needs to spend any time on analysis, which saves them money. The “consultant” gets more commission from the bigger system, which makes them money. Their customers don’t know enough to even realize that they’ve been robbed. I see similar behavior from a lot of in-house “admins”. They just tell the business owners to overbuy and their bosses don’t know any different.

Now, with System Insights, the owner of that four-user shop who was conned into buying a full 10GbE infrastructure will be able to open up Windows Admin Center and see how his network utilization only averages .5 Mbps. The operations manager who trusted his IT staff will quickly be able to see that the 40TB system they “absolutely needed” to buy only has 2TB of usage. Sure, the liars will exert more effort and come up with better lies, but they’ll be less effective. And, as time goes on, business owners become more technologically savvy. I hope that we’re seeing the beginning of the end of those unsavory practices.

Of course, not all consultants and admins behave that way. Many genuinely want to perform their duties to the best of their ability, and System Insights will make their jobs much easier. They’ll be able to use it to quickly show their customers and bosses how well they’re doing and use its predictive capabilities to stay ahead of problems — the exact intent behind the feature. I look forward to System Insights as a powerful tool that improves everyone’s experience with Windows Server 2019.

The addition of some of the core management utilities into Windows Server Core is also a welcome addition. The lack of these tools on Server Core frustrated some admins and stifled adoption of Core as the primary server SKU. With them available now it seems Microsoft has seen this gap and is moving to address it.

Conclusion

Overall, another solid release. Things are looking up for when 2019 officially hits the shelves! What are your thoughts on the features and capabilities this build brings? Will you be utilizing these features inside of your datacenter? Whatever direction Windows Server 2019 goes from here, rest assured we will be providing our expert insight and analysis throughout the development and at launch. Watch out for more Windows Server 2019 content on our blog and upcoming content.

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