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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  • 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).

  • Windows Server 2012 administrators can be given rights to work with other servers — either managing specific servers for a business function, or all the servers that have a set role. You can use the tools in Server Manager to handle all those servers, including remotely installing applications and features.

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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