There are so many features to call out for Windows Server 2012, that it is hard to create a short list. With just a quick Google search for key features of Windows Server 2012, you can find many articles that may meet your information needs. In today's blog post, I would like to direct my readers to 3 articles that will help you decide if the upgrade is for you and your organization.
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In the article, Twelve Fantastic Features You Need to Know about Windows Server 2012 by Randy Muller, an Instructor with Global Knowledge, we can read about a number of the key features. Of course, I am a huge proponent of continuing education and Global Knowledge lists a few good Windows Server 2012 training options at the end of the piece.
The latest, and perhaps the most significant version of Windows Server was released in September 2012. What makes this release so significant is not just the new interface and default installation, but the enhanced Windows PowerShell, support for new hardware (which means increased performance, reliability, scalability, security, and storage options). The new virtualization enhancements have greatly increased not only the scalability of Hyper-V but performance and enterprise adoptability as well. In short, Windows Server 2012 helps you transform your IT operations to reduce costs and deliver a whole new level of business value has hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning networking, storage, user experience, cloud computing, and more.
The first thing I noticed when I found a few best of Windows Server 2012 articles was the byline for this article by Paul Ferrill - 10 excellent new features in Windows Server 2012 R2 - New and improved storage, networking, remote access, BYOD, and server administration features mark the R2 upgrade.
Windows Server 2012 R2 highlights
Windows Server 2012 R2 brings a host of new features that greatly enhance the functionality of the operating system. Many of these improvements expand on existing capabilities of Windows Server 2012. In a previous slideshow, we highlighted our favorite new features in Hyper-V. Here we call out 10 new features elsewhere in Windows Server 2012 R2 that will make an impact on your day-to-day operations. Some of these enhancements, particularly in the storage arena, have Microsoft taking direct aim at traditional partners with new out-of-the-box functionality.
In the other article mentioned in Paul's piece, 10 great new features in Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V, he helps us see the new and improved features for our virtual networks.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V highlights
Microsoft has traditionally put out point releases to its server operating systems about every two years; Windows Server 2012 R2 will ostensibly show up just over a year after the initial release. Logic would suggest that such a short release cycle would contain little in the way of new capabilities, but in this case, logic has been defied, as the R2 release delivers a significant number of both new and improved features. Hyper-V is just one of the areas with rich improvements. We hit on 10 of the best new features in this slideshow.
Before you leap into the new Windows Server 2012, make sure you get your processes in order so that you have a better chance of a successful IT project.
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