Windows Server 2012 Overview - Windows Server 2012

What is Windows server 2012?

Windows Server 2012 is the extended version of Windows Server 8 is the most recent version of the operating system from Microsoft regarding server management. But after that Microsoft released the latest version of Windows Server 2016. But initially it was released on August 1, 2012 and it is just a commercial version as of now. This tutorial explains about the fundamentals of Windows Server 2012.
 Windows Server 2012 Overview

What are the improvements in Windows Server 2012?

Here are some of the major improvements on Windows server 2012 are as follows −
  • You can integrate this with cloud systems and it still can maintain the classic features of local datacenters as a result Hyper-V Virtualization has new features Hyper-v replicas. You can create virtual machines replications between clusters and storage systems.
  • The Storage migration virtual disks can be moved to different physical storages, Virtual machine snapshots, virtual machines can be deleted from the Hyper-v and also from the virtual disks and it can be used directly without the need to shut down the virtual machine.
  • The Core server installation easily switches to GUI installation without the need of reinstallation.
  • The file server and storage service improvement is that it eliminates identical copies in the same volumes as such and saves space.
  • The Storage pools and storage spaces allows you to group the hard disks to one or more storage pools then it allows to create virtual disks. It can add other disks to the storage pools and make available to the users without impacting them.
  • The iSCSI Target Server can offer block storage to other servers and applications on the network using the iSCSI standard.
  • Active Directory cloning can deploy additional domain controllers by cloning an existing virtual domain controller.
The Windows Server 2012 has four editions: Foundation, Essentials, Standard and Datacenter. All of them has their own drawbacks except the Datacenter version which is also the most expensive one.
The following table will show what is the right one for your business needs −
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For finding out the cost of licensing you can click on the following link − https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/windows-server-2012-r2/purchasing.aspx
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