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Microsoft Virtualization Secrets by John Savill

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Chapter 15

The Best of the Rest of Windows Server 2012

IN THIS CHAPTER

  • How to manage Windows Server 2012
  • Switching between Server Core and Full Server installation
  • Managing Active Directory and virtualization-safe AD
  • File Services changes, including Storage Spaces
  • Improvements to disk integrity checking and repair
  • High-availability changes with failover clustering
  • Introduction to ReFS

Windows Server 2012 entered the beta phase as I was writing this book, and I have included as much information as possible regarding changes to Remote Desktop Services and Hyper-V to ensure readers have the latest information. Windows Server 2012 also features numerous other changes around core areas such as Active Directory, storage, high availability, manageability, and installation options, which affect an organization’s entire infrastructure and virtualization initiatives. This bonus chapter looks at the key Windows Server 2012 features that will likely make a big difference to your organization and bring new benefits and capabilities. After reading through these features and considering the strong capabilities added to Hyper-V and Remote Desktop Services, it should become clear why Windows Server 2012 is considered to be the definitive platform for the cloud, rather than just an operating system or hypervisor. Windows Server 2012 can be used for clouds both public and private.

The Power of Many Servers, the Simplicity of One—the New Tao of Windows Server Management

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