Windows Server 2012 embraces the data center

Microsoft has taken its server OS a giant step forward with Todays release of Windows Server 2012, making this version the first that can be controlled remotely so it is more suitable for data centers.

The first major upgrade since 2009 features a bevy of new features, most designed to make it more suitable for large-scale data-center deployments. This has been  called Microsoft’s “Cloud OS.”

Microsoft’s Hyper-V virtualization can now support up to 64 virtual processors and 1TB of memory for guests, a marked improvement from the old limit of four virtual processors and 64GB of memory. The Server Message Block (SMB) network communication protocol has been updated to handle faster data transfers and the OS’s Server Manager has been updated to handle multiple servers at once.

But perhaps the most significant enhancement is one that may not be noticed among these flashy new features. Thanks to the inclusion of the PowerShell, first introduced six years ago, this will be the first version of Windows Server that can be completely controlled through the command line, making it controllable remotely.

PowerShell provides the Windows similar capabilities that chief competitor Unix has long offered, such as the ability to forward, or pipe, the output of one process to the input of another process. It even adds a few new tricks, such as the ability to handle software objects, which have come about from studying Unix’s limitations.

More on Server 2012 once we start working with it in our operations and locations.

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