So if you have a client who has SA on SBS 2011, you already have access (unkeyed of course) of the RTM bits of Windows 2012. I can't find the bits yet on Technet or MSDN, so it looks to me that unless you have access to someone's VLSC, you don't have access yet to RTM bits. All of this appears to be coming out on September 4th, so if you can hold on a little bit more... otherwise download that VLSC Windows 2012 version and start playing with Windows 2012.
Now I'm not convinced in the SMB space that the HyperV 2012 only version (aka the command line) is the way to go. For several reasons. For one, I'm not a command line gal. For two, you'll need a Win8 workstation to control it. For three, when the you know what hits the fan and something happens, I'm just more comfy with a GUI, for four, in the 2012 era you get a One plus Two virtualization rights. I'm still hoping that Microsoft will open up the purse strings and allow those of us with SA rights on SBS 2011 standard to get a copy of Windows 2012 Essentials which will give us a RWA ability as well as extra room to stand up Exchange in a Windows 2012, and SharePoint in 2012 and throw WSUS in there somewhere.
So I've rebuilt my HyperV test box - AGAIN - this time with the final RTM of Windows 2012
hmmmm why does the final RTM have the number in the corner?
So the first thing I do when setting up a new HyperV play box is ... of course.. install the HyperV role and nothing but the HyperV role.
Well okay so the very very first thing I did was enable RDP so I could remote into it from my desktop and be lazy and do screen shots remotely.
Okay so the second thing I do is disable IE ESC on a play/test box. If you need to get ISO's and stuff down on the box, the IE browser is still the fastest way. Don't load up Java and Flash (especially since we just got two updates in the last week) and surf safely and on a play box you should be fine.. and beside this isn't production anyway.
So launch the "UI formerly known as Metro" Server manager and click on Local Server. On the right hand side is IE Enhanced Security Configuration.
Turn this to off
I already renamed this box as "Hyper2012" btw
As you can see, dig under the hood a bit and that "UI formerly known as Metro" looks like the old Server 2008 R2 UI
Now finally go back to the Dashboard
Click on add roles and features
Click role based
Remember.. this is in a workgroup, we're not doing anything fancy here, merely a basic 8 gig server.
I'm going to pick the HyperV role and nothing but the HyperV role
Click next next next.
Now we come to the networking. Because this is a simple box with merely one network adapter I'm going to manage and virtual the networking all through the same nic. Normally you'll want at least two.
Click that box and select next.
The next screen is kinda irrelevant if you don't plan to do live migrations. For a play box, click next
Next comes..what I think is the stupidest defaults...
Why these suckers are on the C drive is beyond me
For play, do whatever, for production, stick them on another drive, with NTFS permissions to allow access.
Confirm everything looks good, click install.
And we restart... we we do once we figure out where the restart button is.
Over a RDP window you need to swipe over to the right
Ah yes, swipe to the right and there it is
..up next tomorrow, installing a guest operating system