How to make the most of your Windows Server 2012 implementation


How to make the most of Windows Server 2012

Only July 14, 2015, Microsoft Corp. will cuts its support for Windows Server 2003.

Many organizations are still dragging their feet in migrating out of the old server OS. Many It professionals recommend mapping out a migration plan as early as possible to prevent headaches in the future.

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Windows Server 2012 review: compelling new features

Adam Stern, founder of virtual server and cloud computing provider Infinitely Virtual, says Windows Server 2012 is more than a worthy successor to Win 2003. In a recent article on technology and education publication ecampusnews.com, he said early customer feedback indicates that Windows Server 2012 delivers many desirable new features and enhancements covering virtualization, networker storage, user experience and cloud computing.

Stern provides the following implementation tips:

• Organizations considering to migrate to Windows Server 2012 should insist on free onsite and offsite backup using application-consistent technology. This enables entire servers and individual files to be restored in minutes.

• Organizations should also implement perimeter intrusion detection prevention and perimeter anti-virus and anti-malware with Windows virtual server hosting. This way all network transactions are inspected by unique perimeter devices and known attacks and common vulnerabilities exposures as well as malware transmitted over unencrypted connections, are blocked.

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Here a quick look at four key features:

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Built with future in mind – Scalability and a highly available platform are the strong suits of Windows Server 2012.

But the server OS helps organizations deal with the future with capabilities such as: open standards; open source applications and capability to work with various development languages.

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Ease of VDI deployment– Microsoft has made deploying virtual desktop infrastructures (VDO) using Windows Server 2012 easier.

This means IT departments can help organizations cut cost deployment and storage cost.

The VDI in Windows Server 2012 also enables organizations to access IT from virtually anywhere, without compromising compliance and data security.

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Excellent cloud coverage – Organizations looking into cloud hosting can rely on Windows Server 2012 to support their growth strategy.

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Stern said previous Windows Server implementation indicates that cloud servers are 100 per cent protected, scalable and able to deliver 100 per cent uptime.

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All-in-one – Stern likes the fact that Windows Server 2012 covers a lot of bases from providing graphical user interface options to offering simplified licencing choices.

He said the OS’s Server Manager offers multiple server capabilities that makes it easy to deploy roles and features remotely to both physical and virtual servers.

Features such as Dynamic Access Control and Storage Spaces, enable users to create a storage pool with inexpensive hard drives.
The Hyper-V Replica mechanism also provides low-cost disaster recovery capabilities.

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