Microsoft's Windows Server 2012 Overview
This operating system represents the latest generation of the Microsoft server family, and will be a successor to Windows Server 2008 R2.
Official catchphrase: 'The power of many servers, the simplicity of one.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Topics
I thought that the name Windows Server 8 would will be too easily confused with Windows 8 (the successor to Windows 7). Thus Windows Server 2012 seems a much better choice of name for Microsoft's new flagship server.
Two areas that are likely to bring the greatest improvements are cloud computing and Hyper-V. For example, Hyper-V Replica that will enable administrators to replicate virtual machines immediately, on a schedule. Also, the next generation of Hyper-V will support more processors - at least 16.
I was surprised to see that this latest Microsoft server has the Metro UI that I associate with Windows 8. Less of a surprise was the extra PowerShell 3.0 modules with their raft of new cmdlet-style functions.
Live migrate server from any server to any server, there is no shared storage, no clustering, just an Ethernet cable.
It works by copying virtual disks and taking snapshots of differencing disk files (.AVHD)
Get your free Hyper-V monitor for VMs.
Active Directory Improvements
Active Directory has remained more or less the same since 2000, and thus will get a timely upgrade / make-over in Windows Server 2012.
Windows Server 2008 R2 brought a glimpse of Microsoft's thinking as to what will be in the next server, for example, dynamic memory and desktop virtualization.
SolarWinds' Network Performance Monitor will help you discover what's happening on your network. This utility will also guide you through troubleshooting; the dashboard will indicate whether the root cause is a broken link, faulty equipment or resource overload.
Perhaps the NPM's best feature is the way it suggests solutions to network problems. Its second best feature is the ability to monitor the health of individual VMware virtual machines. If you are interested in troubleshooting, and creating network maps, then I recommend that you give this Network Performance Monitor a try.
Each new generation Windows server brings yet more options for DHCP configuration, these are the highlights of new DHCP features in Windows Server 2012.
Chkdsk - Is Much Faster
I love the idea of self-healing, and Windows Server 2012's NTFS has the improved ability to recover from disk errors. Above all, Chkdsk completes analysis much more quickly than Server 2008 and its predecessors.
Install Windows Server 2012
Microsoft Server 2012 Cloud Computing
Optimise for businesses of all sizes, from single servers to supporting multi-nationals.
Virtual Live Migration Holy Grail
Server Core is the default.
How to Control Annoying Windows Server 2012 Features.
It's possible to disable the UAC just as you could in Windows Server 2008. I will also show you how to turn Off IE Enhanced Security. Many administrator's find the Shutdown Event Tracker annoying and disable this dialog box.
Encouraging computers to sleep when they're not in use is a great idea - until you are away from your desk and need a file on that remote sleeping machine!
WOL also has business uses for example, rousing machines so that they can have update patches applied. My real reason for recommending you download this free tool is because it's so much fun sending those 'Magic Packets'. Give WOL a try - it's free.
Versions of Microsoft Windows Server I Have Been Involved With:
Summary of Microsoft Windows Server 2012
Four years is still a long time in computing, there is only so much you can do with service packs or R2 for Server 2008. Therefore, run this server equivalent of Windows 8 client through its paces.
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Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Topics