Windows Server 2012 R2: Screenshots

Windows Server 2012 R2: Screenshots

Summary: The 'Blue' upgrade to Windows Server 2012, R2, looks much like its predecessor, but there are plenty of changes when you look at the fine detail.


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  • Changes under the surface

    Windows Server 2012 R2 looks very like its predecessor. It's only when you start to delve into the details that you find just how many changes there are.

  • VDI hosting

    When you're installing new roles and features, there's now an option to set up Windows Server as a VDI host — getting everything you need to deliver virtual desktops to your users.

  • New server roles

    You'll find new server roles among the many familiar options. Want to install Work Folders to give your BYOD users access to their files? Click to expand the File and Storage Services options.

Topics: Windows Server, Cloud, Networking, Reviews

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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  • Please do away with the slideshow format!

    Saw the lame slideshow and didn't bother reading any further despite being interested in the subject.
    • Please do away with the slideshow format!

      Actual content would be appreciated.
  • VDI host

    If you're using the slide where it shows Remote Desktop Services as a primary usage role as an example of VDI hosting being a new feature, you missed the boat - that setup option was already in Server 2012.
  • Pets Versus Cattle

    What you see above is the old approach of treating servers as pets, to be individually hand-reared, rather than farmed en masse like a herd of cattle. The latter approach is scalable, the former is not. Has Microsoft figured out the equivalent of Juju for Linux yet?
    • Yes.

      See the whole review for a discussion of Powershell 4.0 and DSC.