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Product: Windows Server 2012
Company: Microsoft
Website: http://www.microsoft.com
MSRP:
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Review By: Andre Da Costa

with Robert Stein contributing

Final Results And Overall Marks  

Table Of Contents (45 Pages)
1: Introduction
2: Key Attributes
3:
Editions, Setup. Deploying Controllers
4: Start Screen & Server Manager
5: Introducing the Private Cloud
6: Internet Information Services 8.0 & the Modern Work Style
7: Hyper-V Extensible Switch
8: Server Message Block 3 & VHDX Disk Format
9: Task Manager & Chkdsk Improvements

10: Other Features
11: Conclusion & Online Resources

Well we have reached the end of the review. Here are my final comments, notes and grades for Microsoft Windows Server 2012.

 

Final Comments

How It Grades

Installation:95%
Interface: 84%
Features: 95%
Documentation: NA
Ease of Use:
89%
Price/Value: 90%
Overall: 90.6%

Windows Server 2012 represents a trend that has been happening since Windows Server 2008, a rapid pace of innovation. For many businesses, Windows 8 on the desktop might require careful planning in regards to deployment. With Windows Server 2012, its a different story, deploying Windows Server 2012 not only guarantees immediate productivity gains but significant value by bringing businesses the benefits of the Cloud while maintaining the assurance in on premises deployment that Administrators still depend on and prefer. Windows Server 2012 redefines scalability, a buzz word that you heard a lot more than a decade ago when Windows 2000 Server was launched. Windows Server 2012 really provides opportunities for businesses to not only consolidate on physical hardware investments, but eventually take their entire datacenter to the cloud using services such as Windows Azure. Private Clouds is a significant theme of this release and when you look at the features like Hyper-V Switch, Hyper-V Replica, Dynamic Memory improvements you sense this is a release built from the ground up for a new era in computing. Windows Server 2012 should be a breath of fresh air in many datacenters and if you have not investigated this release, you should start now.

 

Pros

  • Significant support in cloud computing.

  • Improvements in automation and deployment

  • Faster deployment of VMs in addition to management

  • Hyper-V features such as Replica and Hyper-V Switch

  • Improved Dynamic Memory support.

  • Active Directory Recycle Bin UI improvements for restoring objects

  • Enhanced Remote Management Tools for easier management of multiple servers

  • IIS 8 CPU utilization management and optimization options for websites.

Cons

  • Powershell 2.5 and .Net Framework 3.5 features do not work.

  • Metro interface might take some adjustment, especially navigation.

  • More clicks required than necessary for simple task.

 

Online Resources

Microsoft:

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Website
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Essentials
Microsoft Press Windows Server 2012 Free ebook
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Technet Page

Specs & Package
Overall Score 90.6%
Version Reviewed Microsoft Windows Server 2012
Release Date October 26, 2012
Reviewer Specs See Above
PC Required System Requirements

 

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