Thursday, 6 September 2012

Why upgrade to Windows Server 2012

Ed bakers live Windows Server 2012 Q&A was quite a success, and we managed to gather a lot of information on its notable enhancements and new capabilities. So here are some of the many reasons why we believe you should upgrade to Windows Server 2012.

Hyper-V Replica
Windows Server 2012 Print ScreenHyper-V is Microsoft’s answer to VMware and is being called the game changer in the server world. Although VMware has been an extremely successful virtualisation platform, many IT professionals are stating that it has been surpassed by Hyper-V in many areas. And now with the release of the new Windows Server 2012, even more features have come out, one of the most important being the Hyper-V Replica.

The Hyper-V Replica is a replication mechanism which is a disaster recovery tool eliminates the need to deploy complex and costly replication solutions. It logs changes to the disks in a VM and uses compression to save on bandwidth, replicating from a primary server to a replica server. You can store multiple snapshots of a VM on the replica server and select the one you wish to use.

SMB 3.0
The SMB (Server Message Block) protocol has been considerably improved in both Windows 8 and Server 2012. It now supports new file server features, including SMB Scale Out, VSS for SMB file sharing, SMB Multichannel, SMB transparent failover, SMB Direct, SMB PowerShell, SMB directory leasing, and SMB encryption. Not only that but it also works really well with the Hyper-V.

Freedom of interface choice
In previous Windows Servers, if you installed Server Core, you could only have the command line as your interface. But now, Server 2012 makes the GUI a feature which can be turned on and off when needed.

Dynamic Access Control (DAC)
Although many are arguing that Microsoft has lost its focus on security in the past few years, the DAC helps IT professionals create more centralised security models for access to network resources by tagging sensitive data both manually and automatically, which is based on several factors, such as the file content or the creator.