Windows Server 2012 : First Look, Common Management Tasks and Navigation

Navigating through START in Windows Server 2012

Two important touch points in Windows Server 2012 desktop screen are: (Keep the mouse cursor on both the corners)
  • Left-hand bottom corner (gives you access to Server Manager, Windows Powershell, Administrative Tools, (My)Computer, Task Manager, Control Panel, Internet Explorer & Desktop, Administrator – Lock/Sign

Figure 2

out) (Figure 1)

Figure 1

  • Right-hand bottom corner (gives access to Settings, Start, Search). This corner can be accessed either from Desktop screen or going into the Left-hand bottom corner screen and then clicking on the right-hand bottom corner. (Figure 2)
    • Settings‘ contains: Desktop, Control Panel, Personalization, Server Info & Help. Additionally network connections, sound, brightness adjustment, notifications, Power button (Disconnect/Shutdown/Restart), Keyboard
    • Start‘ gets you back to your desktop.
    • Search‘ option helps you search for run window, command prompt etc. etc. As you click on the search option, you get the ‘Apps’ screen. (Figure 2)
ESC (escape key) – takes you out of any current window

To open Computer Management and other services from the Server Manager

Click on Tools > and select the item:
Click Local Server > TASKS > Computer Management: 

To open Command Prompt from the Start screen

On the Start screen, type cmd


In the Apps results, click cmd.


Copying in progress status window has a more graphical & visual view which shows the speed (idea of the bandwidth you’re using).

How to mount a remote NFS datastore in Windows 2012 HyperV ?

Ensure your hyperV server has been granted full export permissions on the NFS share. To verify the run the command on your hyperV command line:
C:\Users\Administrator.LAB>showmount -e 10.x.x.0
Exports list on 10.x.x.0:
/storage/disk2/msnfs 10.x.x.0/24
/storage/disk3/esxnfs 10.x.x.0/24
/storage/disk1/xsnfs 10.x.x.0/24
For more options type showmount -e
Usage: showmount -e [server] Show all shares exported by the NFS server.
 showmount -a [server] List both the client hostname or IP address and mounted directory in host:dir format.
 showmount -d [server] Show directories on the NFS server that are currently mounted by some NFS client.
Mounting an NFS shared resource to a drive letter:
C:\Users\Administrator.TMELAB>mount 10.x.x.0:/storage/disk2/msnfs M:
M: is now successfully connected to 10.x.x.0:/storage/disk2/msnfs
The command completed successfully.

Post mount verification:

Got to My Computer, you’ll see the NFS shared storage mapped as a network drive, associated with the drive letter. Right-click > properties > NFS Attributes and NFS Mount Options as well.








As I play with Windows Server 2012 in my lab, will share if I find something useful. Meanwhile for more information around navigation, using the new OS, refer



About cloudray

Predominantly based around Virtualization, but will include other technology related information and anything else I find interesting and feel the need to share with you. I also use this Blog as both a place to store useful information that I think that will come in handy to me at some point in the future, and also a place to help aid my learning. I find a great way to learn about something is to research about it and then write it up in my own words. I'm Pushpal Ray, from India. As a certified VCP3/4/5 professional, I am currently working as an Independent Consultant. Over 10 years of IT-industry experience, currently focused around the Desktop Virtualization(End-User Computing). I also have extensive experience in Windows Administration, Datacenter Migration, Workload profiling & benchmarking. At my leisure, I enjoy hiking, running, photography, spend hours in my fav coffee shop & spend quality time with my wife. Occasionally, catch up with few friends for a drink!
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