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    Convert Windows Server 2003 To WorkStation

    Windows 2003 Server is currently the only operating system Microsoft to be as successful. Both the routines of disk drives as its memory management, Windows Server 2003 outperform XP and 2000 on all points.

    Windows Server to Workstation Converter

    Tests have shown that Windows Server 2008 is faster than Windows Vista SP1. This is definitely the fact that it is much discharge of services and features that make it more streamlined than the client version the rest as they did for Windows Server 2003, compared to Windows XP. One of the practices that ultimately goes out of fashion is to use a server operating system for client use. In aid of those users who do not know what operations play in making WS2008 identical to Vista, there has been a program that tends to set all the missing features, such as Ready Boost, the Sidebar and much more. Obviously starting to put Aero, the Wireless and a whole range of additional services, the operating system will become heavier.

    If you're tired of manually performing all the settings on your old system, you should try this tool that lets you simple steps to amend your Windows Server 2008 to leave it as an operating system for home use. Among other things, improves compatibility with games, wireless enabled, allows you to locate the famous vista sidebar and optimizes CPU performance for programs.

    Server Management
    • The first thing to do is to disable this screen, which appears on every reboot and offers to give roles to your server (print server, file server, etc). Click on the checkbox do not show this page at logon
    • This feature will be accessible via Start > Administrative Tools > Manage Your Server.

    New Account
    • Windows 2003 Server does not have a Welcome Screen where you are asked to enter your username and password. But no matter, it is always possible to create users by using the new later lusrmgr.msc (Local Users and Groups). Two other possibilities exist to create a user as XP or 2000. For this, use the item Run from the Start menu and enter there the command: rundll32 netplwiz.dll, UsersRunDll. You get the old screen to add users (in the same way you can control user password via: control userpasswords2).
    • The addition is done conventionally using the Add button, then filling in the information requested. Then click Next and enter your password and click Next the next screen will ask you to indicate the level of access rights that user has. For maximum choice, use the group Administrators and end with the Close button.
    • Now that account user is created, it is now possible to tell the system to use the account is set by default so. Windows LOG it automatically, as this not be possible with XP

    Auto Login
    • If your user management window is closed, you open it again. (Run command rundll32 netplwiz.dll, UsersRunDll). Select the user you wish to be the default user and uncheck the box next to Users must enter hovering just above. Validate your configuration by auto-login Apply. At this point, a popup window should prompt you to enter and retype the password for this user so that it is finally used as a user of Auto-Login.
    • Despite the fact that the Auto-login is enabled, the screen displayed during a CTRL + Alt + DEL which is still active. A screen saver password protected or uses the Windows + L. If finally you do not want any more see this screen, perform the following operation.
    • Go to: Start > Administrative Tools > Local Security Policy
    • Then in: Local Policies go to > Security Options
    • On the right side of the window you will have to set strategies that will appear one of which must be named: Interactive Login. Do not use Ctrl + Alt + Del. Use Double Click and then choose the option for Disable.
    • Disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security. That is one thing more annoying while surfing the Net from the system. Go to: Start > Control Panel > Add / Remove Programs. Then go to the item Add / Remove Windows Components and look for Advanced Security Settings for Internet Explorer.
    • Once found, click Details and uncheck this option and confirm your changes with OK.

    Sun JVM
    • Now you will have to install the Sun JVM. Windows Server 2003 is shipped without the Java Virtual Machine. Java Virtual Machine Microsoft no longer being maintained, it is clearly useless to install the old version even if she was much lighter than the version of SUN. SUN JVM is monitored and is regularly updated to correct potential security vulnerabilities. Grab a copy of Sun's Java VM from Sun's download page. The installation process is simple, it does not require a restart of the PC. It now times to disable the Shutdown Event Tracker. It allows you to restart your system without the nuisance of a bloody event trace window.
    • Then you will have to disable Tracker Events. Because Windows Server 2003 is a serve, the event tracker plays a crucial role in order to keep the updates and know why the server has been stop or restart. In our case, we wish to transform it into a workstation, this feature will also disable carrier flexibility during system reboot.

    Group Policy Settings
    • For this you need to run gpedit.msc to edit the policies of the group. Go to Start > Run, type gpedit.msc" and press Enter.
    • Now, head into the tree Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System. On the right side of the screen you will see a list of parameters available, including one named Show tracker events. If everything was successful, then upon reboot, you should not have the tracker event. This being done, your system starts to seriously look at a workstation on a server in 2003.

    Setting up Graphic Acceleration
    • In fact, Windows 2003 Server, as its name suggests is set to turn the machine on which it is installed, a server! And not a workstation also, any graphics acceleration has been disabled, since unwanted.
    • For activating the same, right click your desktop and then Properties > Settings > Advanced tab > Troubleshooting and move the cursor so that the acceleration can complete. Confirm with OK.
    • Then we must enable DirectX to take advantage of all the capabilities of your graphics card.
    • Click Start > Run and type dxdiag and press Enter. If the tool asks you to approve an Internet connection to validate the certificate WHQL, then accept. Then you move on the View tab and check the 3 dialogs DirectDraw, Direct3D Acceleration and texture. It'll just download the latest drivers for your card dated graphics.
    • Enabling the Sound Acceleration. You must first activate the Windows Audio service in the Windows services. This service is not enabled by default. For that, go to Start > Run and type services.msc and click Enter, find the offending service and change its startup mode to Automatic. Once done, then run dxdiag and move the tab Sound. Then move the cursor to complete the acceleration.

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    Re: Convert Windows Server 2003 To WorkStation

    How to Convert Windows Server 2008 R2 To Workstation

    Add Additional Features
    • Run Server Administrator
    • Go to Characteristics and to the right of the screen click to Add features to it. You choose your relevant features needed here.
    • Click Next. It will bring up a wizard to add features. Click on Add Required Features.
    • And click Next and Install. Finish the installation and click Close.
    • To restart click on Yes.
    • During installation and configuration of the features of Windows, the computer will restart 2 times, automatically.
    • Once completed, return to start the session and wait for some time until the window restart the configuration wizard and set proper installation. Click on Close.
    • Now to activate the environment. Click on Right click on My Computer > Manage > Services. And look for themes and double click to open up the Properties.

    • Then choose the Startup Type to Automatic > Apply > and OK.
    • Now go to My Computer right click and click on Properties.
    • In the new window, top left click in the Advanced System Settings.
    • pen the System Properties > Advanced tab click on Performance > Configuration.
    • In the Performance Options window, select Adjust for best appearance. Apply and OK.
    • Wait a few seconds and see that the environment has changed.
    • Pressing the right click button in the middle of the desktop, you can see the properties option which will help you to change your desktop. That will change themes, backgrounds, color screens, etc.
    • Then again right click on My Computer > Manage > Services. Then look for the Windows Audio service. Double click to open its properties and mark as a Startup Type as Automatic.
    • Now go to Control Panel and look for Sound. Adjust the settings you want as per your need.
    • To prevent, possible, stuttering sound, you must modify the registry. For that click on Start > Run > regedit.
    • Look for HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ Software\ Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Multimedia\ SystemProfile and paragraph SystemResponsiveness. Right click on it to Edit and set the value to 14.
    • Then to optimize the performance left click in the Advanced System Settings. Open the System Properties, Advanced tab click on Performance > Configuration.
    • Go to Advanced tab and adjust to improve performance. Choose Programs you want here. Enable windows search
    • Server Roles
    • Now you have to set Server Roles
    • Run Server Manager and choose the role. Then click Add roles and follow the wizard. In the window Select Role Services for File Server and click Next.
    • You can see the volumes information on the screen. Choose Next. Click on Install to complete the process.

    User Management
    • By default Windows puts the license granted to User Window s, so that all the programs we use will pick up the data. To change this does the following. Open Start, Search and type regedit.
    • Go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion and modify RegisteredOwner & RegisteredOrganization.

    Enabling Wi-Fi
    • Run Server Administrator and then click on Characteristic > Add features.
    • Now look for WLAN service and click on click Next to Install it. Once installation is complete click on Close.

    Turn Off Event Tracker
    • To avoid this window each time you restart or shutdown the system, follow these steps.
    • Open Start, Search programs type gpedit.msc and press Enter. In the Policy Editor window go to local group and then click on Local Computer Policy > Configuration the account. Choose System Administrative Templates and select Display Shutdown Event Tracker. Double click on the option to remove the tick to disable. To activate this option, you can restart and the next reboot / shutdown no longer appear, or you can run the command: gpupdate / force to update the option labeled at the time.

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    Re: Convert Windows Server 2003 To WorkStation

    VMware Workstation

    There is also a way by which you can avoid following setup and use it on a virtual platform. You can try VMware Workstation for that. VMware is an application that gives you a fully functional PC in a window. Each PC is really a virtual machine, running directly on your host computer. Full support for managing the network means that each virtual machine can have its own network address as a real machine. Many virtual machines can be turned on one after another. For example, users can simultaneously run Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows 2000 and Linux.

    VMware is a program that allows you to run multiple operating systems in special "virtual machine" created ad hoc. This means that VMware allows you to say goodbye to multiboot making it possible to run multiple operating systems simultaneously. VMware is able to use the hardware of a single personal computer to run multiple operating systems without the need of having to reboot to switch from one system to another. Thanks to virtualization solutions like VMware Workstation you can make the testing of applications without altering or, worse, damage the system configuration used for a purpose productive. Using virtualization, you can better distribute the workload on different machines and run in box operating systems are completely different from the one installed on the hard disk.

    • Enabling OpenGL 2.1 for Vista and Windows guest operating systems 7.
    • Improved graphics performance of DirectX 9.0 virtual machines with Windows Vista and Windows 7.
    • About two times faster than the previous version of VMware Workstation 7.
    • Ability to run virtualized applications directly from the taskbar of Windows 7 in order to create a greater interaction with the programs inside the VM and the host's desktop.
    • Optimized for Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 so as to speed up encryption and decryption of virtual machines.
    • Support for multiple host operating systems (Windows 2008 R2, Ubuntu 4.10, RHEL 5.4) and guest (Fedora 12, Ubuntu 4.10, RHEL 5.4, SEL 11 SP1) as compared to the previous version of VMware Workstation.
    • Ability to automatically update skillfulness update of VMware Workstation.
    • Integration of the function of import and export virtual machines Open Virtualization Format (OVF 1.0) and fast loading on VMware vSphere.

    Workstation 7.1

    Workstation 7.1 is scheduled over the previous version in Windows double the graphics performance of DirectX 9.0 and hardware acceleration for OpenGL 2.1. In Windows 7 and Windows Vista virtual machines that will run video and PC games better. In addition, virtual applications can now be run directly from the Windows 7 taskbar from. Intel's Core processor family, i3, i5 and i7 now faster encryption and decryption of virtual machines is supported. Moreover, as in fusion 3.1 also supports high-performance VMs with eight virtual processors and 2 terabytes of large virtual disks.

    The Open Virtualization Format (OVF 1.0) can be imported using Workstation 7.1 and exported and uploaded directly to VMware vSphere 4. Workstation 7.1 version runs on Windows or Linux - and supports many guest operating systems. New are the Linux distros Ubuntu 8.04.4, Ubuntu 10.04, openSUSE 11.2, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.5, Fedora 12, Ubuntu 5.0.4 and Mandriva 2009.1.

    VMware Workstation enables software developers to simultaneously work with multiple operating systems on a single physical PC. According to VMWare, saving both hardware costs and time when developing and testing new software.

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    Re: Convert Windows Server 2003 To WorkStation

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