Windows Server 2008: Install RIS and WDS

In Windows Server 2008 you can use the Server Manager application to enable RIS (part of Windows Deployment Services, WDS).  To do so, open Server Manager and click on Roles in the left column.  Then click on Next and read the Introduction to WDS items.  It’s worth noting that you can setup your server as a Transport Server in WDS, which is a bit like Multicast clustering (eg – multicast ASR imaging for the Mac).  It’s also worth noting that a Deployment Server will use parts of the Transport Server to do its job so you’ll need to install both.  Once you’re satisfied with your selection, click Next and then click on the Install button to install the services.   Prior to installing WDS it would be a good idea to install DHCP, DNS and Active Directory, or at minimum verify their operations.

Windows System Explorer

If you’re done with Task Manager then check out SystemExplorer at SystemExplorer is a free utility that will help you search through those processes for the ones that are virus laden, leaking memory or just plain not supposed to be there and therefore wasting your valuable system resources. SystemExplorer can show file paths, parent processes, process publishers, action histories and let you search for details against a database. In short, there have been great replacements for Windows’ Task Manager for years but this one might just be one of the better ones we’ve tried.

Starting Windows in Safe Mode

For computers with one operating system installed, you can boot into safe mode, which Windows with a limited set of files and drivers and disables startup programs. This is pretty helpful when troubleshooting Windows problems. To start into safe mode, hold the F8 key down while rebooting a Windows computer. If you see the Windows logo appears, reboot and try again. This should load the Advanced Boot Options screen. Here, use the arrow keys to highlight safe mode option and then Enter. That’s it. Hope this helps!