Here are a number of links to good reading and resources for Windows 8.
- Microsoft Support: KB2650043 Windows Internet Explorer 10 Consumer Preview is now available for Windows 8 Consumer Preview
- Download: Creating Continuously Available File Shares with Windows Server “8” Beta - Microsoft Download Center
- Building Windows 8: Enabling large disks and large sectors in Windows 8
- This one is good to read as it addresses the 4K sector size situation among others.
- Building Windows 8: Building the next generation file system for Windows; ReFS
- TechNet Library: Common Management Tasks and Navigation in Windows Server "8" Beta
- Keyboard shortcuts for navigating the OS and its features.
- Download Centre: PlayReady PC Runtime v2.3 (x86) for Windows 8 Consumer Preview
- Microsoft PlayReady technology is optimized for the mobile industry to support the growth of online content services, and includes features designed to make it easier than ever for consumers to enjoy mobile digital entertainment. This runtime allows Windows 8 Consumer Preview PC based applications to access PlayReady content using the PlayReady PC Runtime API.
- Inside Windows Live: A preview of Windows Live for Windows 8
- Live services including file and folder synchronization built into Windows 8 (replaces Mesh from what we can see as we can’t install Mesh on Win8!).
- Liliputing: Windows 8 with SkyDrive will sync your settings across computers
- Microsoft Server and Cloud Platform Blog: Windows Server 8: Introducing Hyper-V Extensible Switch
- Hyper-V users have asked for a number of new networking capabilities and we’ve heard them. In codename Windows Server 8 we are adding many new features to the Hyper-V virtual switch for virtual machine protection, traffic isolation, traffic prioritization, usage metering, and the troubleshooting. We are also introducing rich new management capabilities that support both WMI and PowerShell. It’s an exciting set of functionality! But we didn’t stop there.
The amount of information that has been flowing since Microsoft dropped the new version(s) of Windows 8 has been quite overwhelming! 8O
MPECS and Windows 8
So, initially we are focused in on the specific product areas that we are working with or will be working with in the field.
- Hyper-V and Clustering
- To Do: Set up a cluster using a Win8 failover file share.
- To Do: Set up nodes with Win8 Core
- To Do: Run updates on the cluster nodes using the new update feature set.
- To Do: Set up a cluster on Hyper-V Server 8 Beta
- To Do: Storage Spaces
- To Do: iSCSI Target
- To Do: MPIO via SAS based SAS
- Server Operating System
- To Do: NIC Teaming and failover resiliency
- To Do: NIC Teaming with VLANs
- To Do: Group Policy structures and changes
- To Do: ADDS changes and updates
Obviously the above list is just the tip of the iceberg, but it’s not hard to see one of the directions we will be heading in with our business over this next year or two!
Microsoft Small Business Specialists
Co-Author: SBS 2008 Blueprint Book