Windows hosting has grown in leap and bounds since its fledgling beginnings. Though its popularity has not reached the levels of Linux hosting, it is mandatory if you’re going to use .NET or ASP. With the release of windows server 2012, you are probably wondering what it will do differently from its predecessor. Windows server 2012 is the successor to Windows server 8. The latest Windows version is the first one to be designed that does not support computers that are Itanium based, since the creation of Windows NT 4.0.
If you have not been keen to follow up on the release previews, you must be curious to know what it brings to the table in terms of capability and features. There are several features as well as changes that have been said to be the most significant in Windows server 2012 from Microsoft.
So, what can the new windows server 2012 do for you?
It is a server manager
With the latest windows server version, you can easily create and manage your server groups. If you are wondering what server groups are, they are simply a collection of servers that are already in use on your network. You can now manage these servers with the new windows server interface.
When you create new server groups, you will find it easier to manage the tasks in each server using the same attributes. For instance, you can have a group of database servers, and you can avail specific information on the groups as you wish. If you run an organization without reliable monitoring software, you should look at this new Windows Server as a boon.
Enjoy better SKU selection and better edition
Microsoft has finally cleaned up a muddy proposition value. In the Windows server 2012, you get a similar operating system core. That is not all, as you get to purchase an edition depending on you needs. You can either get the Datacenter edition or the Standard edition; all depending on whether you intend on running an extra one or two virtual guest machines, or whether you are interested in the unlimited virtualization for guest machines; meaning there is nothing like the enterprise edition to gum up the works. This makes the new windows version a big plus for everyone.
First a command line, and GUI second
Windows server has changed from the philosophy of having the GUI first to making GUI optional. This is evident as during the first OS installation you are given a choice between a full installation and a core. The latter is encouraged and is also the preferred option. After installing the core version of the Windows 2012 Server, you can easily switch on the GUI by installing GUI role. Should you need to take the GUI off, you need not make a fresh install. What makes this a great feature is the ability to install the GUI to aid in routine configurations. Once your machine is up and running, you can simply switch off the GUI. With this feature, you enjoy a reduction of the attack surface, reduced energy requirements and resource load.
Enjoy an expanded Powershell capability
Windows 2012 server offers much more cmdlets. This means that your life is simplified as Powershell is the most preferred way of managing workloads to run on the OS.
There is more storage space
This is one of the most innovative features. This makes use of commodity storage hardware. These are affordable drives and controllers such as the JBOD; a bunch of discs that are turned into a storage pool divided into spaces used as normal discs. Each of the storage pool has a hot disk on standby. The pool spaces come with availability procedures like RAID redundancy and mirroring. It is even possible for you to undertake thin provisioning.
If you’re a windows hosting junkie, then you should have a look at Windows Server 2012. You should definitely make the switch if resources allow.