5 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows Server 2012

5 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows Server 2012

It has been some time since Microsoft released the preview of Windows Server 2012, and most of us know about the new capabilities and enhancements that come along with it. While some are turned off by the new interface which was formerly known as “Metro”, when the Core and the Minimal Server Interface are considered, the UI (User Interface) does not seem to be a big problem for most of the IT pros who are excited by the new capabilities, and are deciding whether or not to upgrade.

So here’s a list with 5 reasons why you should seriously consider an upgrade to Server 2012 sooner rather than later.

01. Server Manager

When the Server Manager interface is considered (See the figure below), most of the people, including the once who do not like the new tile-based user interface, admits that the implementation of design in the new Server Manager is excellent. Among the best things about the new Server Manager that comes with Windows Server 2012, is its multi-server capability. The multi-server capabilities make it very easy to deploy features and roles remotely to physical or virtual servers. Furthermore, it is very easy to create server groups (a collection of servers, which can be maintained together). The new improvements in remote administration allow you to provision servers without making RDP connections.

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02. Freedom of interface choice

The engineers at Microsoft have realized that, while the command line is great for some of the tasks, the GUI is preferable for some other tasks. So in Windows Server 2012, the GUI comes as a “feature”, which means that it could be turned on or off via the “Remove Roles or Features” option in Server Manager interface. This means that you can enjoy the performance and security advantages of a Server Core installation, without being stuck with only the command line as your interface.

03. Dynamic Access Control (DAC)

When the security is considered, it seems that people at Microsoft have shifted their focus from separate security products and into a much more “baked in” approach, which involves integrating security into every section of the OS.
The Dynamic Access Control, or DAC, is one of the examples in Windows Server 2012. The DAC helps IT pros in creating more centralized security models for access into network resources. This is done by tagging sensitive data both automatically and manually, based upon the factors such as creator or the file content. Then they can apply the claims based access controls.

04. SMB 3.0

In both Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8, the SMB (Server Message Block) protocol has been significantly improved. New file server features supported by the latest version of Server Message Block includes, SMB Scale Out, SMB transparent failover, SMB encryption, SMB Direct, SMB Multichannel, VSS for SMB file sharing, SMB PowerShell and SMB directory leasing. It operates nicely with Hyper-V technology, which means that the virtual server configuration files and the VHD files can be hosted on SMB 3.0 shares.

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05. Storage Spaces

One of the new features that comes with Windows Server 2012 is Storage Spaces. With this feature, you can use inexpensive hard disk drives to create a storage pool that could be portioned into spaces, and then can be used like physical hard disk drives. While they can include hot standby drives, they can also use redundancy methods like parity or 2-way, 3-way mirroring. A new disk can be added anytime you want, and a space can even be larger than the actual physical capacity of the pool. When a new drive is added, the space will automatically use the extra capacity.

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