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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  • Installing multiple roles

    As with Server 2012, you're not limited to just installing one role at a time. You can put together a batch of roles and features to quickly configure your server.

  • Work Folders

    Work Folders is a new feature that lets you sync all the files in a folder to users' PCs. You can use it to simplify delivering key documents, or to make sure that users' files are with them wherever they might be.

  • Server Essentials

    Adding the Server Essentials Experience to Windows Server 2012 R2 means you can simplify small-business and BYOD networks, with automated backup and simplified device management.

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.