First hand review of Windows Server 2012

Favad Qaisar 6 July 2012 1

Windows Server 2012, formerly codenamed Windows Server 8, is the next release of Windows Server currently under development by Microsoft. It is the server version of Windows 8 and the successor to Windows Server 2008 R2. Windows server 2012 will provide businesses with a dynamic, scalable and cloud optimized infrastructure.

Starting with the interface of Server, it has been redesigned in order to support the management of multiple servers. The operating system, like Windows 8, uses the Metro UI unless installed in Server Core mode. On the other hand the Windows PowerShell in this version of the server has over 2300 commandlets. The most important improvement in this regard is the commandlet auto complete feature is ofcourse of a lot of help.

In Windows Server 8’s case, virtualization of servers is a fundamental reason for some of the biggest architectural changes it features, the new architecture of Active Directory’s Domain Services, which makes it easier to virtualize domain controllers and to script configuration of Active Directory tasks for quick deployment to the cloud and Windows Server 2012 server management tools treat virtual disk images and physical servers as equal citizens.

The best feature about installation is that Installing Windows Server 8 and its baseline features is an entirely wizard-driven process, using PowerShell (Windows’ command-line driven administrative interface) behind the scenes to configure remote servers. The installation procedure gives you the option to upgrade from any previously installed server version as well as the ability to install from scratch.

Talking a little bit more about the metro interface, there is no start button which is kind of a windows trademark by now I guess. It’s been replaced with the Metro Start layer, which you can access by hovering your mouse in the bottom left corner of the screen and clicking on the resulting bubble. Then the Metro overlay comes into play and gives you the standard options for installed programs, Internet Explorer and the link to lock and sign out, among other things. I’m not sure how the metro interface would be of any use especially on the server edition of windows which is mostly used by professionals and system administrators which aren’t bothered by the interface infact what matters to them is efficiency since they are used to the old interface. This actually has caused problems to them. Hiding all of that behind more clicks and hovers seems counterproductive and servers are not going to be using touch interfaces, the big intended target of the Metro redesign, so the screens full of big tiles and icons feel wasted.



Favad Qaisar (51 Posts)

I am a Unified Communications Engineer. Over the last 3 years, I have been working dedicatedly on OCS/LYNC and Exchange 2007/2010. I was responsible for getting my Company Microsoft’s Unified Communication Voice Certified Partner status. Occasionally, I like to share my experiences on the latest developments in the Unified Communications industry.

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