Re: server software in general


There are other ways to control Windows Update, namely telling Windows 10 Pro and higher to not download feature updates for a year.
As for coming up with doing all sorts of other things given physical distancing, the only suggestion/advice I can offer is perhaps taking a break. I found out the hard way that you won't get far if you suddenly think of many magical things to do all at once, as it overwhelms a person's mind. Thinking about doing something to keep you occupied is a noble thing up to a point - just as humans need time to do work, humans need time to rest.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Shaun Everiss
Sent: Monday, April 13, 2020 1:44 AM
Subject: [nvda] server software in general

To be honest, I don't need hhalf this.

What I am looking for are small things.

I like the idea of wsus, managing my own updates, maybe a media streamer, a time server, wsus is my biggest push.

A dedicated something to run vms on and test unstable software which is not my primary machine.

Wsus is my main push, I don't see any way to use wsus without a server.

But its out of my legue, windows server is far to expensive for me even to concidder it ever at its full price.

I don't need 99% of its features.

I am interested in something with a gui, something not to complex, something everyone in the house can access without being geeks.

Yeah I could use linux, but while I know enough to get my feet wet its just dabbling and becides I'd be excluding just about everyone else.

I've changed the subject line now to switch the topic over by the way.

Its been something I have been thinking for ages.

But I have never been sure how to proceed.

Being in lockdown has made me dredge up all the ideas I never thought about seriously doing.

At first I thought about loading linux, and while I can do that I have my limits.

Editing any linux file with linux editors which I am not used to as I am used to a lot of gui apps mostly and find them much easier than the terminal though I can use that for simple things to.

On 13/04/2020 7:41 pm, Joseph Lee wrote:
When installing Server 2016 and later, you'll be offered to install:
* Windows Server year: Server Core (command-line driven, limited GUI,
provides all server features)
* Windows Server year Desktop Experience: Server Core along with full
Windows user interface and feel (best suited for remote access or app server) Once you make a choice, there is no going back without a clean install.
Windows Server is useful if you need to create and manage a domain or need to become familiar with Windows Server technologies such as Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), Active Directory (Domain Services, Certificate Services, domain controller management, rights management and many others), System Center suite (Configuration Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, etc.), server-side Hyper-V, Windows Server containers, and in case of one variant, server-side cloud infrastructure (Nano Server, only available to businesses through Software Assurance which isn't cheap (thousands of dollars)). A base Windows Server 2019 Standard license costs at least 800 dollars, and Windows Server 2019 Datacenter costs at least 3000 dollars; more users and devices managed by a server means more costs (called Client Access Licenses or CAL's). As I said, if you want to learn to manage Active Directory or need to use Windows Server technologies in a job setting, I advise staying away from Windows Server.
Joseph P.S. I use Windows Server Insider Preview builds when I need to test next Windows 10 LTSC builds, which is rare.

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Shaun
Sent: Monday, April 13, 2020 12:23 AM
Subject: Re: [nvda] windows server os

Hmmm that is what I had been advised to joseph.

Its just that that coppy has been sitting on the shelf for ages at 41 dollars and I have been tempted to buy it several times but from my local tech its not worth it.

I will look at server 2019 or 2016 then.

Hmmm so its better to get server with a desktop experience.

I can see server for a number of cores, where would I get server with desktop or is that just one of the options.

On 13/04/2020 6:32 pm, Joseph Lee wrote:
You'll need sighted assistance to install it (install Desktop Experience, not Server Core), and after that, you'll need to enable Windows Audio service (set to start automatically). It would be much better to get Server 2016 or later, but...

-----Original Message-----
From: <> On Behalf Of Shaun
Sent: Sunday, April 12, 2020 11:28 PM
Subject: [nvda] windows server os

Hi all.

I am not sure if this should fit here or on win10 list but here goes.

I am in a position where I can obtain from one of my computer shops the last clearance coppy of windows server 2012 for about 40 dollars.

Usually windows server is 200-500 bucks and up depending on cores and what its for, etc.

Is it worth me getting something like this.

I will most likely be using this thing at home, maybe not in a broad business things,.

I want to experiment with things like a wsus server, and maybe some sort of media server.

I also want to have a play about.

Question, is it worth it or am I shooting myself in the foot by getting somthing this old.

I know that to install it I may need assistance, however is it accessible for blind users once up and running.

I assume it will have narator and I will have nvda on it.

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