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Steve here, I decided to setup a couple of servers here at Simplex World HQ with the new Microsoft Server 2012 OS. It comes available as both a Core Edition (no GUI) as well as the standard platform we’re used to, I setup both. A nice feature of 2012 is that you can use the Standard edition to easily remote manage other servers. You can do things like add/remove roles, join a domain, use in-depth management tools, and other misc. tasks. There are still things however that need to be done the old fashion way, such as setting a static IP.

The standard edition was somewhat familiar and simple enough to figure out:

While the core version is slightly less visually appealing and has less buttons to press -_-

Yes, that’s all there is. I needed to set a static IP address on my “core” edition and was used to doing so though the control panel…well there isn’t one. I did some research and found the commands I needed to do so through the command prompt:

#netsh interface ipv4 show interfaces
-Make note of the number shown in the Idx column of the output for your network adapter

For me, I wanted to configure my Intel card so I used Idx 17. From here we just needed to issue a few more commands and input the values I wanted:

     -netsh interface ipv4 set address name=”<ID>” source=static address=<StaticIP> mask=<SubnetMask> gateway=<DefaultGateway>

If you need to specify static DNS servers, there is a command for that as well:

     -netsh interface ipv4 add dnsserver name=”<ID>” address=<DNSIP>index=1


-ID is the number we used to identify our network card
-DNSIP is the IP address of the DNS server
-Index should be incremented each time if you have more than one DNS server you want to use and the order you want them in.

That’s it! The process is fairly simple if you know the right commands. I’ll continue to post things about Server 2012 as I run into issues.

Bob here.  Microsoft announced the versions of their next-generation Windows Server editions (click here for some of the details).  Markedly missing was SBS (Small Business Server) edition.  Available since NT 4.5 days (in the 90’s, you young punks!), SBS was maintained as a low cost alternative, packaging Windows Server, Exchange and possibly SQL in a lower cost package, with simpler management tools and limits on number of client computers that could connect.

But the proliferation of the cloud (which now gets blamed for everything) has made some of those components unnecessary for a company to have on-premise.

That doesn’t mean that the lower-cost options won’t still be there.  Microsoft will introduce “Windows Server Essentials” Edition, which will be similar to “SBS Essentials” in that there will be a 25 user limit.  So there will still be a “first server” option.

This will force smaller companies that are on older versions of SBS (2003, 8, 11) to consider their options in terms of upgrading.  The “original” SBS had a user limit of 75.  So a customer using SBS 2003 with 50 users will have to migrated to a traditional Windows Server 2012 and either migrate their email to Office 365 (which they probably should consider anyway) or purchase a much more expensive Microsoft Exchange Server and the accompanying Client Access License.

As always, the devil will be in the details.  Companies that are just entering the “server world” will probably do better with the new lineup.  Companies, especially in the 25-75 user range will need to make some decisions moving forward.

Say hello to:

  • Datacenter
  • Standard
  • Essentials
  • Foundation (only through OEMs)

And say goodbye to:

  • Enterprise
  • Home
  • HPC
  • Web Server

On a separate note, Microsoft’s recent enfolding of the Small Business Server Community into their Silver Partner program shows the other side of the same coin.  No longer will small IT firms be able to take advantage of the low cost (<$500 annual) of the SBSC.  An albatross for the past several years, as of 2013 the Small Business Specialist will be firmly part of the Microsoft Partner world.  Like it or not.

Full disclosure, Simplex-IT is a Microsoft Silver Partner as well as a member of the SBSC.