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Windows Server 2012 RTM 0 Comments


Windows Server 2012 RTM

I am very excited about Windows 8 but for some reason it seems to have overshadowed another major release to manufacturing.

Windows Server 2012 was also released to manufacturing this week.

I have not spent as much time as I would like testing the beta/RC versions of Window Server 2012 but the little bit of time I have spent with it I am very impressed. It is the natural progression of a on-premise operating system morphed into a first of kind cloud operating system. You can still use Windows Server 2012 as a standard on-premise server but in addition, there are many advanced features that extend your technology systems into the cloud.

Main Features of Windows Server 2012

  • Hyper-V 3.0 – Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V 3.0 has a slew of new features. Many of which make it a true enterprise-class hypervisor platform. Some of these new features include storage live migration, concurrent live migration, continuous availability, and network virtualization. Hyper-V 3.0 is a huge step in the right direction for Microsoft and I am very excited to start deploying it.
  • User Interface – Server 2012 has been redesigned with a major emphasis on ease of management. Unless installed as server core mode, 2012 uses the Metro UI theme like Windows 8.
  • Task Manager – Like Windows 8 the Windows Server 2012 Task Manager has some new features such as resource usage light-ups, process type grouping, friendly names for background processes, and top-level grouping windows by app. For IT pros that use 3rd party tools these features may not seem that big, but for the times when you do not have your tools the new task manager can be a great help.
  • IP Address Management (IPAM) –Windows Server 2012 introduces IP address management (IPAM) feature – a central framework for monitoring and managing the IP address space and the associated infrastructure servers.
  • Active Directory Domain Services – Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) in Windows Server 2012 include new features that make it simpler and faster to deploy domain controllers (both on-premises and in the cloud), more flexible and easier to both audit and authorize access to files, and easier to perform administrative tasks at scale, either locally or remotely, through consistent graphical and scripted management experiences.
  • Remote Desktop Service – The Remote Desktop Services server role in Windows Server 2012 provides technologies that enable users to connect to virtual desktops, RemoteApp programs, and session-based desktops. With Remote Desktop Services, users can access remote connections from within a corporate network or from the Internet

There are many more new features in Windows Server 2012. I just wanted to highlight a few that I am most excited about. I hope to be deploying Windows Server 2012 into production environments real soon.

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