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Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release

Book Description

NOTE: This title is also available as a free eBook on the Microsoft Download Center. It is offered for sale in print format as a convenience.

Get a head start evaluating Windows Server 2012 R2 - with early technical insights from a Microsoft MVP and members of the Windows Server product team. Based on the Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview release, this guide introduces new features and capabilities, with scenario-based advice on how the platform can meet the needs of your business. Get the high-level overview you need to begin preparing your deployment now.

Preview new features and enhancements, including:

  • Server virtualization and cloud solutions
  • Availability and scalability
  • Provisioning and storage management
  • Security features, access, and data protection
  • Infrastructure options
  • Server management and automation

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Acknowledgments
    2. Errata & book support
    3. We want to hear from you
    4. Stay in touch
  2. 1. Cloud OS
    1. The big picture
    2. Journey to the Cloud OS
    3. Let’s begin!
  3. 2. Hyper-V
    1. Previous enhancements to Hyper-V
    2. Generation 2 virtual machines
    3. Automatic VM activation
    4. Remote access over VMBus
    5. Cross-version live migration
    6. Faster live migration
    7. Online VHDX resize
    8. Live export
    9. More robust Linux support
    10. Hyper-V Replica enhancements
    11. There’s more!
  4. 3. Storage
    1. Previous enhancements to storage
    2. Microsoft’s vision for storage
      1. Building the solution using Windows Server 2012 R2
      2. Enabling the solution using System Center 2012 R2
    3. Storage Management API
    4. iSCSI Target Server enhancements
    5. SMB 3.0 enhancements
    6. Data deduplication enhancements
    7. Storage Spaces enhancements
      1. Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012
      2. Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2
    8. Storage QoS
    9. There’s more!
  5. 4. Failover Clustering
    1. Previous enhancements to Failover Clustering
    2. Guest clustering using shared virtual disks
      1. Hosting highly available workloads
      2. Separating virtual resources from physical infrastructure
      3. Understanding shared virtual disks
      4. Using shared virtual disks
    3. CSV and SoFS enhancements
    4. Changes to heartbeat threshold
    5. Detecting the health of virtual machines
    6. Other enhancements to Failover Clustering
  6. 5. Networking
    1. Previous enhancements to networking
    2. Virtual RSS
    3. Windows NIC Teaming enhancements
      1. NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012
      2. NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012 R2
    4. IPAM enhancements
      1. IPAM in Windows Server 2012
      2. IPAM in Windows Server 2012 R2
    5. Hyper-V Network Virtualization enhancements
      1. How Hyper-V Network Virtualization works
      2. Hyper-V Network Virtualization enhancements in Windows Server 2012 R2
    6. There’s more!
  7. 6. Other enhancements
    1. IIS 8.5
    2. RDS enhancements
    3. Group Policy enhancements
    4. Workplace Join
    5. Coming soon!
  8. A. Additional resources
  9. B. About the author
  10. About the Author
  11. Copyright