My top New Features in 2012!

  1. Choosing between Server Core and Full Installation – no more headache whenever you need you can always switch between the both Online!!!

    Very easy to switch just a simple PowerShell command!

    To remove the GUI

    Import-Module ServerManager

    Uninstall-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Shell –Restart

    Ok – it’s two commands


    To install the GUI from a core Machine:

    Import-Module Dism

    Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -online -Featurename ServerCore-FullServer,Server-Gui-Shell,Server-Gui-Mgmt

    Or my favourite is this small PowerShell script just run It and choose :

    http://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/scriptcenter/Switch-between-Windows-9680265d

  2. Teaming – Network Cards

    Now in 2012 no need to install of the Teaming programs while you could just use Microsoft Virtual Teaming

    Very simple no need to install any roles or features, have a look:


  3. Windows Azure Online Backup – Straight to the Cloud

    Once you install the Windows Server Backup you are able to create an account on Azure (Microsoft Cloud) and set your backups straight to the Cloud!

    It looks like this:


  4. New File System (ReFS) – What’s really new about it?

    Resilient File System (ReFS) is a new file system provided in Windows Server 2012

  • ReFS provides the following advantages:
  • Metadata integrity with checksums
  • Integrity streams providing optional user data integrity
  • Allocation on write transactional model
  • Large volume, file, and directory sizes (278 bytes with 16-KB cluster size)
  • Storage pooling and virtualization
  • Data striping for performance and redundancy
  • Disk scrubbing for protection against latent disk errors
  • Resiliency to corruptions with salvage
  • Shared storage pools across machines
  1. BranchCache – New & Improved

    To those that aren’t familiar with BranchCache check out Bing -> I’m joking

    Try Google -> I’m joking again…

    BranchCache is a (WAN) bandwidth optimization technology to optimize WAN bandwidth when users access content on remote servers, BranchCache copies content from your main office or hosted cloud content servers and caches the content at branch office locations, allowing client computers at branch offices to access the content locally rather than over the WAN.

    Sounds a bit like “Offline Files” yeah your right it’s very similar but much more reliable and better performance!

    Once you install this role you can choose between two modes:

    Hosted Cache Mode – A branch office that has a server that saves all the caching for that specific branch.

    Distributed Cache Mode – A branch office without a server so all the caching is local on the desktops!

    So this option is really like Offline Files, what’s the different? The main different is that once one of the Desktops cached a file it could then share his cache to others!

    One of the ways to check status:

    netsh BranchCache show status all

    Event Viewer


  2. IPAM – IP Address Management

    IPAM in Windows Server 2012 is a new built-in framework for discovering, monitoring, auditing, and managing the IP address space used on a corporate network. IPAM provides for administration and monitoring of servers running Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) and Domain Name System (DNS). IPAM includes components for:

    No more Third Party tools for finding Free IP’s for new servers and never having a central management for all of your subnet!

    Looks like this:


  3. NAP in Windows Server 2012
  • Support for Windows PowerShell
  • RRAS is now a role service in the Remote Access server role
  • This is how a NAP environment will look like :
  • Don’t worry I will explain each one of the components :
  • Internet- I really hope you know what that is:-/
  • VPN Server – I really hope you know what that is:-/
  • Active Directory – I really hope you know what that is:-/
  • Intranet – I really hope you know what that is:-/
  • DHCP Server – Yeah the one that gives out IP addresses
  • IEEE 802.1X – All your WIFI: IEEE 802.1X is a link-layer authentication standard for port-based access control. It was originally used in wired networking but has been modified to work with wireless local area networks (WLAN) through virtual ports.
  • Perimeter Network – Meaning DMZ or WAN2
  • Health Registration Authority – This server is responsible to check the health of your clients computers before it lets them logon to the network
  • NAP Health Policy Server – This server is responsible to apply policy’s based on OU’s and the level of health detection
  • Restricted Network – This network is for computers that the Health Registration Authority didn’t find valid to logon and in other words aren’t secure then he kick them off to this Restricted network

    At this network you will meet a Remediation server that will fix you up and get you back and running to be valid again


That’s all for now I hope you enjoy reading and remember I am always available for any questions!!

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