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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  • Boot to desktop

    Like Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2 has options for booting straight to the desktop, and for controlling the user experience — including turning off the hot corners that launch the charms bar when you're using a mouse.

  • PowerShell: the heart of WS 2012 R2

    The real heart of Windows Server 2012 R2 is PowerShell, and PowerShell 4.0's new Desired State Configuration tools make it easier to deploy and manage servers — and to keep them running just the way you want.

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.
    ye
    • Please do away with the slideshow format!

      Actual content would be appreciated.
      zduser115
  • 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.
    Joe_Raby
  • 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?

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/05/cloud_autodeploy/
    ldo17
    • Yes.

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