Windows Server 2008 – Add Features and Services
On this page I am going to cover auxiliary, yet important, features you can add to Windows Server 2008.
Microsoft consider features to be of secondary importance compared with Server Roles. For my part, it’s well worth scanning the list below as there is always one that I need, and another that I had forgotten about. A cynic’s view is if you cannot find a feature amongst the roles, then browse the list provided by the Add features wizard.
- Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 Features
- BitLocker Drive Encryption
- BITS Server Extensions
- Connection Manager Administration Kit
- Desktop Experience
- Group Policy Management
- Internet Printing Client
- Internet Storage Name Server (iSNS)
- LPR Port Monitor
- Message Queuing
- Multipath I/O
- Peer Name Resolution Protocol
- Remote Assistance
- Remote Server Administration Tools
- Removable Storage Manager
- RPC Over HTTP Proxy
- Services for NFS
- SMTP Server
- Storage Manager for SANs
- Simple TCP/IP Services
- SNMP Services
- Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications
- Telnet Client
- Telnet Server
- Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) Client
- Failover Clustering
- Network Load Balancing
- Windows Server Backup
- Windows System Resource Manager
- WINS Server
- Wireless LAN Service
- Windows Internal Database
- Windows PowerShell
- Windows Process Activation Service
Launch the Server Manager
The Windows 2008 version of Server Manager is intelligent enough to work out dependencies and to install any necessary underlying services automatically. With the Add features Wizard you get the chance to inspect the services and also to configure options for that particular role.
- Click on the Windows ‘Start’ button on the Task bar
- Type ‘Server’ in the dialog box
- Double-click the Program ‘Server Manager’.
SolarWinds’ Network Performance Monitor will help you discover what’s happening on your network. This utility will also guide you through troubleshooting; the dashboard will indicate whether the root cause is a broken link, faulty equipment or resource overload.
Perhaps the NPM’s best feature is the way it suggests solutions to network problems. Its second best feature is the ability to monitor the health of individual VMware virtual machines. If you are interested in troubleshooting, and creating network maps, then I recommend that you give this Network Performance Monitor a try.
Customize This Server
Once your Server Manager appears, scroll down to ‘3) Customize This Server’. Now you can click ‘Add features’.
Dependencies Are Taken Care Of Automatically
Before Windows Server 2003 installs your selected feature, it calculates any dependent services and installs them automatically. For example, PowerShell needs .Net Framework. This intelligence may sound inconsequential, but when I tried to install Virtual Server 2005 on Vista, it took me over an hour to install and configure all the dependant IIS components.
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