Best of Questions and Answers from TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2008 R2 Technical Overview (Part 1 of 2)

Click to register for and view the recorded webcast. As promised, here are the “Best of Q&A” from the webcast I delivered on June 4, 2009, entitled “TechNet Webcast: Windows Server 2008 R2 Technical Overview (Part 1 of 2)

A BIG THANK YOU to Dan Stolts and John Weston for assisting in answering questions during the webcast.  This blog post is primarily a result of their efforts.

Thanks for attending!  …and if you haven’t seen the webcast yet, you can click on the link above (or the picture to the left) to get to the registration page.

Also – Here the RESOURCES I pulled together for this webcast

UP’DATE: I’ve just published the 4 screencast recordings I made of the 4 demos from this webcast.  You can see them HERE.

I hope you find these useful!


Questions and Answers

“Do I understand right? Powershell 2.0 will be available on Server Core R2?”


“Will PowerShell 2.0 be available for install on Windows Server 2008 SP2?”

It is not listed on the features list.

You can download the PowerShell 2.0 CTP (Community Technology Preview) from, and try it out. When it is released, I’m sure that it will either be a download you can install, or perhaps installed as a Microsoft Update.

“Will we have the demo in the recorded webcast too?”

Yes. The recorded webcast is available 24-48 hours after the live session. Webcast recordings are currently available at the same link you used to register for the webcast. (see the top of this post). Also, I (Kevin) have recorded the demos, and will be posting them up on TechNet Edge as screencast videos. I’ll post links to them here on my blog when they’re ready.

“When will powershell v2.0 be available for download? It looks like there is on the the CTP available at this time.”

The CTP is available from I do not think the release date has been announced yet. My guess is that, since it’s being included in the next version of Windows (R2 and Windows 7), that the PowerShell 2.0 release will coincide with the RTM (Release to Manufacturing) of those products.

“Can we expect something similar to the features in the new Windows PowerShell in Exchange Management Shell (Exchange 2010 or later?)”

That would be logical to expect. We haven’t released details that I am aware of how PowerShell, or what version Exchange 2010 will include.

“How can we migrate from 2003 AD to 2008 R2 AD?”

We will cover that is a later part of this Webcast series.

“When will it be so i can register it and dont lose it”

June 18th, 2009.
John Weston will be the presenter. (Excellent!)

“Can I restore an accidentally deleted AD object if it has been deleted by another administrator?”

Yes. The recycle bin isn’t associated with a computer or any particular user account. It’s a container in the directory, so it is replicated as a part of the directory and available to anyone who has admin rights to it.

“In the demo he restored a object he personally deleted!”

Yes, but that is not a condition. It could have been deleted by others. Or others with the proper credentials could have done the restore.

“If PowerShell 2.0 can be installed on top of Windows Server 2008 SP2, will remote management using PowerShell 2.0 be possible without having to install R2?”

Yes, as long as you meet all conditions for PowerShell 2.0 including WS-Management.

“There’s no GUI approach to the AD recycler?”

In regards to the lack of GUI, it came down to making decisions on work that is happening in Active Directory for the R2 release and they placed priority on other workloads. Another major point is AD Recycle Bin once enabled cannot be disabled!

I fully expect that there will eventually be a GUI for it. If we see it anywhere, it will be in the new Active Directory Management Console. Not likely in ADUC.

“Are there any time parameters for the date/time of the deletion?”

In terms of time, there are two things to consider, 1) you cannot restore an object until after the deletion has been fully replicated to all domain controllers. 2) the tombstonelifetime of the object. (180 days by default). You can read more about this at

“Does the [new] AD [management] console work in lower domain functional levels than 2008 R2?”


“Thank you so much,,, too over whelming,,, will there be an inplace upgade from 2003”

I wasn’t sure of the answer to this, and I never want to guess, so I asked the question up on the Windows Server forums. Here was the reply I got:

You can perform in place upgrade from windows 2003 64 to windows 2008 64 bit.
You can upgrade in-place from Windows Server 2008 to the final (RTM) version of Windows Server 2008 R2, without losing any data, since Microsoft has a policy on supporting upgrading from products that enjoy mainstream support. You should however consider the following conditions:

  • Only the x64 edition of Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 offer Hyper-V, Microsofts Server Virtualization solution. Your Windows Server 2008 installation should be the same architecture as the Windows Server 2008 R2 version you want to upgrade to. Since Windows Server 2008 R2 will be available only as a 64bit version, you’re required to have a x64 installation of Windows Server 2008.
  • You Windows Server 2008 R2 edition  to install should be the same as the installed Windows Server 2008 edition. Some more upgrade paths might be available (for instance: from standard to enterprise) but no details available yet.
  • You need to have sufficient free hard disk space to perform an in-place upgrade. The amount of hard disk space has not been detailed (yet), but when the in-place upgrade from Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008 is an indication, you should at least need 14062 MB of free space.
  • Your physical box will need to comply with the minimum system requirements for Windows Server 2008 R2. Details are not yet finalized, but you should base your judgement on the requirements for Windows Server 2008.
  • Installed Windows Features on the Windows Server 2008 installation should not have problems when upgrading and should not be de-emphasized for Windows Server 2008 R2.

Your Windows Server 2008 installation should have the minimum required patchlevel for upgrading.

“Can 2008 CALs be used with 2008 R2 like it was for Server 2003?”


“What are the implications to add a Server 2k8R2 into 2k3 Domain?”

There are none that I can think of. Certainly if you want to take advantage of new capabilities that are in the new functional level, you’ll need to upgrade to a R2 level (which would require all DCs be running Server 2008 R2), but if you’re okay with the functionality you have, you can run a server 2008 machine as a member server or even as a domain controller.

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