If you didn’t hear already Microsoft has released Windows Server 2012. It’s been a long time waiting but you can truly use totally redesigned operating system from Microsoft for production workloads without worrying about not getting support. So here is some the information about the editions you can get your hands on.
Windows Server 2012:
If you haven’t been hiding under a rock you’d know that the release candidate was made available for download some time ago and I took advantage to try the new operating system out. There are lots of changes to love and hate for those that were use to working with Windows Server 2008. Once you give it some time I think you’ll enjoy the new look and feel. The “server core” installation, which is not new, has been greatly updated and I’ve really taken to it for being a default installation. Managing the GUI less server core from a remote Windows Server 2012 system that has a GUI is very easy to do. Plus, there is powershell if that your thing.
There’s loads of new features around storage (SMB3.0 & Storage Spaces) and virtualization (Hyper-V 3, Replica, & Extensible Switch) as well. Hyper-V version 3 has also grown up into a really nice virtualization platform. I’ll definitely be getting more into to Microsoft virtualization/cloud solution so that I can compare it to the lastest VMware vCloud Suite 5.1 which was recently announced at VMWorld 2012. Putting that aside, I think Windows Server 2012 will reshape how things were done in the past for the better. How quickly it will be adopted in the enterprise will be seen.
I’ve only touched on a few of the new features Windows Server 2012 so for more information go here.