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#1 seeteeyou

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Posted 27 February 2023 - 02:46 AM

I was doing some homework on Win11PE while reading quite a bit of Server 2022 as well, basically a forum thread should have appeared back in October 2021

 

Azure Stack HCI #HYPER-V 2022 FREE Personnal Use Only !

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Stuff like that could be found by anyone easily, while the instructions were already posted on one of those official forums hosted by Microsoft since 2020

 

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And then here comes the mighty interesting part

 

https://forums.mydig...t/posts/1774817

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https://forums.mydig...t/posts/1775365

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https://forums.mydig...t/posts/1775403

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After that, it's just a matter of switching between Server SKU and Client SKU very quickly whenever that's required to do so

 

https://forums.mydig...t/posts/1714633

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https://forums.mydig...t/posts/1715305

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https://forums.mydig...t/posts/1716526

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Simply put, the whole point here should be getting that Azure Stack HCI installed and activated first. Once that's already taken care of, we'll proceed to extract two desktop packages from the "Server with Desktop Experience" flavor of Windows Server 2022 while adding both of them to Azure Stack HCI accordingly. Finally we're taking whatever certificates we need from any client versions such as Windows 10 or 11, and then copy to a specific folder as mentioned in the detailed instructions linked above.

 

It's kinda fun to notice that even one of those Intel network adapter drivers could be installed without having to mess around

 

https://forums.mydig...t/posts/1714759

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Azure Stack HCI

https://software-sta...64FRE_en-us.iso

https://software-sta...64FRE_en-us.iso

https://software-sta...8.288_en-us.iso

 

 

 

Server 2022 Evaluation

https://software-sta...64FRE_en-us.iso

https://software-sta...64FRE_en-us.iso

https://software-sta...64FRE_en-us.iso

 

 

 

11 22H2

 

10 22H2

 

11 21H2

 

10 21H2

 

LTSC 2021 Evaluation

 

LTSC 2019 Evaluation

 

LTSB 2016 Evaluation

 

LTSB 2015 Evaluation

 

 

 

Personally I'm not interested in any client / server (i.e. conventional) versions of Windows anymore since the size would be HUGE when compared to what we're able to accomplish with Win11PE these days, please don't ask me for any guidance and feel free to post your questions on those forums instead.



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Posted 27 February 2023 - 02:55 AM

If we're interested in slimming the whole thing down a little bit, these tools might be designed for those client versions of Windows in the first place but it wouldn't hurt to give them a try on Azure Stack HCI

 

https://github.com/h...releases/latest

https://github.com/h.../cbsenum#readme

CBSEnum is a tool to view and manage Windows Component-Based Servicing packages.
 
Component-Based Servicing is a technology since Windows Vista which most resembles Linux-style package managers. It builds upon WinSxS (Side by side assemblies) to allow installation, deinstallation and updating of numerous Windows components independently.
 
It presents a moderately componentized view into Windows and allows uninstalling parts of system which outside of Windows Embedded were previously seen as monolithic.
 
In Windows, this technology is hidden from general public. There's a command-line tool dism.exe to manage CBS packages, but most packages are marked as hidden even from DISM.

 

 

 

MODWIN: A Tool for Inspecting, Modifying, and Building "Lite" ISOs

https://github.com/0...releases/latest


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Posted 28 October 2023 - 09:41 AM

Windows Server Annual Channel for Containers

https://techcommunit...rs/ba-p/3866248

 

Servicing channels comparison

 

Windows Server, version 23H2

 

 

 

FYI - ISO image will be available for 60 days while Windows itself won't expire

 

https://pixeldrain.com/u/duG6xrNB

https://forums.mydig...28#post-1812044

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SHA1: 14837bd8583c0f465d47ce240470126c2af86e12
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Languages and Optional Features for Windows Server, version 23H2 (x64)

https://software-sta...ACKAGES_OEM.iso

https://msdn.rg-adgu...e7fd8.iso#72500

 

 

 

Looking forward to this upcoming version down the road

 

https://cdn.discorda..._pkeyconfig.zip

https://forums.mydig...27#post-1811900

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Profile:       C:\Users\Home\Downloads\25982.1000_product_ini_pkeyconfig\pkeyconfig\pkeyconfig.xrm-ms
Result:        Specified key is valid
Product ID:    00492-80050-00000-AA634
Extended PID:  00000-04928-005-000000-00-1033-22621.0000-2992023
Activation ID: caac9bf3-3daf-4da1-85b1-334e0fa7ed10
Description:   Windows Server 2025 RTM ServerStandard Retail
Edition:       ServerStandard
Part number:   [Ge]X23-56834
Label ID:      04928-005-000-000
Key Type:      Retail
EULA:          Retail
Group ID:      4928 (0x1340)
Key ID:        5000000 (0x4C4B40)
Upgrade Key:   No
Benchmark:     63 ms

 



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Posted 21 November 2023 - 11:11 AM

Azure Stack HCI, version 23H2
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Posted 22 January 2024 - 10:03 AM

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Windows Server 23H2 (No GUI)

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Posted 27 January 2024 - 06:50 AM

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https://forums.mydig...30#post-1823142

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Posted 25 February 2024 - 08:43 AM

Windows Server 2025, Build 26052 Datacenter Experience installed and running JPlay without issues so far. Only thing is that JPlay Mini now appears as a a command prompt window (on the taskbar too).

 

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Posted 25 February 2024 - 10:37 AM

Exciting. How does it sound?

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Posted 25 February 2024 - 11:42 PM

Exciting. How does it sound?

 

Allow me a few weeks to fine tune the new OS (removing components and disabling unnecessary services just as I did with Server 2022) and listen through more albums. The sonic traits appear to be similar to those of the 2022 DC (the 2022 DataCenter has been my OS of choice for JPlay after extensive testing); A good sign.



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Posted 29 February 2024 - 12:54 PM

I installed the latest build 26063 and after a few days of OS tweaking/system tuning (change of speaker placement, etc.) have come to the conclusion that, with JPlay, the current build of Windows Server 2025 doesn't sound as good as Server 2022. The main difference lies in the tonal balance and harmonic content, where the rich and natural midrange (could be 100Hz to at least 3kHz) of the Server 2022 is missing/repressed on the 2025. This makes for a thin and inorganic sound that reminds me of the various editions of Windows 11 I tried quite some time ago when spending months comparing various versions of Windows 10, Windows 11, Server 2002, 2016, 2019 and 2022, as well as Windows PE/Foobar and some proprietary audio-specific Linux OSs/players. Note that the result might have to do with my audio PC setup, which is high speed, super low latency (Intel 12th Gen/DDR5, both overclocked to their limits), with huge power supplies for their excellent transient performance (Cosair AX1600 and several Cosel 1500W external power supplies for the disks and USB accessories)--this is in many ways contrary to the low power consumption, low speed CPU/DDR4, relatively low power linear PSU school that most audiophile PC setups seen on online forums belong to.

 

I recall reading somewhere that Server 2022 was actually based more on Windows 10 than 11 and that the position of the Windows start icon on the taskbar is the tell-tale sign. The start icon in Server 2025 is to the center instead of on the left end, same as in Windows 11.



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Posted 29 February 2024 - 02:23 PM

Hi dequad! What build number of server 2022 that you prefer?

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Posted 01 March 2024 - 12:49 AM

...What build number of server 2022 that you prefer?

 

Hi Romaniac--I will find the build number tonight and report back. My current installation uses the iso downloaded from the official Windows Evaluation site after the launch, but I don't recall hearing differences from the couple builds I had tried previously.

 

I briefly tried a stripped PE from Server 2022 running Foobar, and it didn't have any advantage over the full Datacenter version with JPlay. However, the PE I made was not the leanest possible. Also, the DDC I use appears to play a key role in the overall performance and to have it running in Kernel Streaming mode is paramount. Unfortunately getting the DDC's proprietary driver to run in KS mode on PE was beyond my capabilities at that time. I might still give Server 2022 PE/Foobar another try, hopefully even running JPlay (but it means adding internet connection, etc.) if at all possible, but am in no hurry since I really enjoy what I get from Server 2022DC/JPlay currently.

 

Incidentally, I purchased an AudiophileOptimizer license when I did the OS/player shootout but soon realized that Server 2022 was my favourite, so never got around to using it. Now that the new AO 4.0 is going to cover Server 2022, I look forward to finally trying it on my system.



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Posted 01 March 2024 - 05:41 AM

I will be thankful for that! Do you use Server 2022 in RAM disk way?

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Posted 01 March 2024 - 02:00 PM

Just checked and it's build 20348.587. Server 2022 DC is LTSC so the version remains 21H2.

 

For system disk I tried several types of SSD including RAM disk, and Optane 900P really stood out. Both my control PC and audio PC have Optane 900P as system disk.


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Posted 02 March 2024 - 02:29 AM

Thanks dequad ! I've got ADK 20348.1. I'll give it another try)

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Posted 29 March 2024 - 09:48 AM

If you're running core mode don't forget to install FOD for Audio PC. You won't be able to run KS if not. AO4 beta installs it. Sound is amazing! Much, much better than WS2019!


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Posted 06 April 2024 - 12:06 AM

Just clarifying things a little, AO4Beta will install KS in 2022 core without FOD.

 

The sound is stunning with just the AudioPC on 2022 and ControlPC still on 2019. It's like having a new very high end dac, I'm still getting used to it. No "upgrade fade" happening so far.

 

I'm running both in ramboot.


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Win2019, Audiophile Optimizer, JPlayFemto (2PC), Ramboot, ExerciseStabilizer, BubbleUPnP, Matrix X-SPDIF3, PS Audio DirectStream DAC++, ATI1806 Amplifiers, Linkwitz LX521MG speakers with ASP4, JPS Labs Aluminata cables, PS Audio P10 Power Regenerator.


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Posted 11 April 2024 - 08:04 PM

I now have 2022 running on the Control PC. This gave an additional improvement especially in the vocal range. This is a very special sound. I will not be going back to 2019.


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