It didn't take long to install windows, (I have acronis enterprise edition, took about 15 minutes) and update the firmware, and install CentOS. So far so good!
I install CentOS with no extra packages, and try and be as bare bones as possible, just as a general rule.
I run a combination of windows and linux desktops for personal use in and around the office, and I use SSH across all platforms. One windows, I use a client called Tunnilier, it's fast and has support for port forwarding, x-11 forwarding, using keys for SSH login, sftp built in, it's pretty neat. I would advise all linux fanatics who find themselves having to live on windows, to get this client!
As I do with all new installs of CentOS,
yum install -y && rebootA bit risky, I know, but if it breaks now before it enters testing, then I find that much better, than breaking in production. All the packages update, and I install my favorite combo for virtualisation and managing that virtualisation
yum install xen virt-manager xauth -yI would not generally advise people to use the -y switch when it comes to installing stuff, unless your very sure you know what packages are coming your way. Basically, for me, I've done this install a good few times, but every sys admin should take their own advice!
These are my my first blog posts, so if they are not complete, or if I should edit them, feel free to comment.