Windows Server 2012: RTM screenshots

Windows Server 2012: RTM screenshots

Summary: Server Manager, the admin console for Microsoft's latest server OS, has a modern-style GUI, and is a one-stop shop for managing devices, tools and services.


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  • Log onto Windows Server 2012, and it's straight into the Windows 8-style start screen. However, it's very much a program launcher here, and all applications (unless you've installed something from the Windows Store) run on the desktop.

  • Upgrading to a new version of Windows Server 2012 from Server 2008 or Servver 2008 R2 is easy enough. However, with the simplified range of SKUs, you'll need to be sure that you're on the right upgrade path. For example, Windows 2008 R2 Enterprise can only be upgraded to Windows Server 2012 Datacenter — and the default install is always Server Core.

Topics: Windows, Microsoft, 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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  • These live tiles look better

    ... than the mostly text-based kiddy ones we've seen on the Win8.
    • Re: Live Tiles

      As far as I know, the live tiles look the same in the Windows 8 RTM -- I think they changed them post-Release Preview.
  • who cares?

    More than 90% of the servers are powered by Linux and will continue to rise because no body wants to compromise their servers with viruses and worms
    • How very closed-minded....

      And absolutely wrong you are. Enjoy your fantasy land while other people are getting real work done on their Windows servers with a full suite of services that are only hodge-podged together with weeks of effort on your precious Linux boxes.

      Forgive my idiotic reply to your idiotic post.
      • You proclaim something with no evidence

        You systems are hedge-podged , explains a lot.

        (Its hodge-podged)

        “hedge-podged together with weeks of effort on your precious”
    • Windows operating systems were 66% of revenues, Linux – 9%

      So, it seems that Microsoft must be puling an Apple-like tactic, with its server revenue being over-priced in order to bring in so much revenue in comparison to Linux. That's the only explanation for the numbers, since, according to you, 90% of servers are Linux-powered, and so, MS has to be pulling an "Apple" in order to score so much revenue.
  • Start Screen Seems Ridiculous...

    After using it for a week, I find it ridiculous having to constantly switch back and forth between the Start screen and the desktop. Tapping the Windows key switches between the two different views, BTW.

    I suspect most administrators will add shortcuts to the desktop to launch administrative applications or pin those apps to the taskbar. After all, the desktop is where all the apps run anyway.

    The Windows Store tile magically appeared over the weekend via a scheduled Windows Update. I hope more meaningful applications appear in the store. With 90% of the content seeming to be game-based, my web/email server doesn't need "Cut the Rope" installed on it.
  • Please don't waste your time . . .

    . . . creating ZDNet slide shows. The technology you are using to display them would have looked good 10 years ago.
  • Thanks for the screenshots!

    Nice to get a good feel for the interface before venturing forth.
  • Okay, is it wrong...

    That I actually like that version of 8 interface, more than most Metro screens I've seen.