Turning Windows 2008 R2 into a workstation



Why would anyone want to use Windows 2008 R2 Server as a workstation? The main arguments in my case are the superior firewall and user account control. Now, if you want to do the same, you can go to win2008r2workstation.com and get a really detailed howto with screenshots - or you can read this post for a really short checklist, something I prefer to have for future installs of the same variety. The following steps are best performed in the order presented here. ### Add the following Windows Features: * Desktop Experience * Windows Biometric Framework * .NET Framework 3.5.1 Features * Wireless LAN Service * Internet Printing Client1 ### Modify the Local Security Policy: * Under Security Settings: * Under Account Policies, Password Policy, disable the item Passwords must meet complexity requirements. * Under Local Policies, Security Options, enable the following: * Interactive logon: Do not require CTRL+ALT+DEL * Shutdown: Allow system to be shut down without having to log on * Under Local Policies, User Rights Assignment: * Add the Users group to Shut down the system ### With the gpedit.msc snap-in: * Under Local computer Policy, * Under Administrative Templates, * Under System * Disable Display Shutdown Event Tracker ### Set the following services to autostart: * Windows Audio * Wireless LAN * Themes ### In the Control Panel: * Under System: * Click your way through * Advanced System Settings * Advanced * Performance (Settings) * Advanced * Processor scheduling. * Select Adjust for best performance of Programs. * Under Folder Options, * Under View, disable Always show icons, never thumbnails. * Under Search, include everything (also compressed folders). ### In the Server Manager: * Remove all Roles except for the File Server Role. * Install the File Server role and the following Role Services: * Windows Search Service * Services for Network File System
  1. You might have to restart the Print Spooler service after installing this feature. []

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