What’s new in Windows Server 8 (part 1)?

There still hasn’t [to my knowledge] been any conformation that Windows Server 8 is the actual name for the server products. [Windows 8 has been confirmed for the client as the not so distinctive logo is available.]

When you install Windows Server 8, by default Server Core is the default edition. Server Core, introduced in Server 2008, was a stripped down edition with no actual GUI. That meant no Start menu, no [actual] desktop, etc. Everything ran from the command prompt. You were required to use PowerShell to do work – or use GUI [and PowerShell] tools remotely.

With Server 8, they’ve added something like 2,100 commandlets to the PowerShell. But now, a GUI is actually available as a feature. As a feature, you can set up a server with the GUI and once you are done, you can uninstall it. Since it is a feature, you can install and uninstall it as many times you want – without having to reinstall the OS itself.

Additionally, Server Manager has been enhanced so you can work on any server in the organization [assuming you have the rights to manage them] from one server. Call it an organization dashboard. You can also create a task and apply it to all [or a group of] servers from one server [example: change a DNS server that’s hard-coded in the server could be done].

SQL Server will also be supported under Server Core.

Server 8 will also have built in NIC teaming. No need to use specific pair of NICs. They can even be different models or manufacturers. Load balancing is also available.

Failover clustering supports up to 63 nodes and 4,000 virtual machines per cluster.

Windows Server Message Block (SMB) 2.2 adds file server resiliency with no special configuration.

Live migrations in Hyper 3.0 can now handle multiple migrations at one time. Storage migrations also have been improved by moving a virtual disk, snapshot files and configuration of a virtual machine from one location to another with no interruption.

Data duplication has been added as well. So it can detect duplicate data by removing the duplicate data and add a pointer instead.

Server 8 will also offer a new file service – partially replacing NTFS – that will improve the efficiency of the file system, reduce overhead and reduce file system issues. At this time, it will be offered on non-system partitions and drives. The new file system can’t be viewed from a different OS. This is like when NTFS was first released; a Windows 9x/ME could not read or see a NTFS partition [in a dual boot system].

Note: Some of this information could change once the final product is released sometime this fall.

More can be found at https://ebraiter.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/whats-new-in-windows-server-8-part-2/ .

 

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