Screenshots: Windows Server 2012 RC

Screenshots: Windows Server 2012 RC

Summary: As Windows Server 2012 nears the finishing line, here's an update on the look and feel of the Release Candidate.

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  • Although you can add features to Windows Server 2012 one at a time, it's a lot easier to use the Add Role tool to quickly assemble and configure all the features needed to deliver a specific function — in this case, adding information rights management tools to a file server.

  • Server Manager is designed to provide one place to manage several servers, but you're going to want to drill down into a server to see how it's being configured, and to check that it's up to date and functioning normally. Important diagnostic information is always surfaced in the top level of Server Manager, but it's useful to get a fuller picture.

  • Metro and WinRT may be at the heart of Windows 8 on the desktop, but they're purely adjuncts on the server. The charms and contracts are there, along with the Start Screen, but you're hardly likely to see them as you can manage much of a server from inside Server Manager or via PowerShell (or externally via RSAT and System Center).

Topics: Operating Systems, Reviews, Servers

Simon Bisson

About Simon Bisson

Simon Bisson is a freelance technology journalist. He specialises in architecture and enterprise IT. He ran one of the UK's first national ISPs and moved to writing around the time of the collapse of the first dotcom boom. He still writes code.

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