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Windows Server 2012 Upgrade

Windows Server 2012 Upgrade

By | May 22, 2013

Windows Server 2012 has generated plenty of feedback in the IT community. UI critiques aside, the latest version of Windows Server is a fantastic new tool from Microsoft that will enable you to become a more efficient technology provider for your clients.

Awesome Cloud Channel Partners and cloud resellers running Windows Server 2003 or 2008 have been invited to upgrade to Windows Server 2012 at no additional charge. It’s a great deal, but time-starved IT workers need to know why they should devote time and energy to installing and learning a new platform. Technology is shifting to include mobile devices and Windows 8 workstations, bringing with it the need to upgrade the servers that interact with all of those devices.

As your organization weigh the pros and cons of a Windows Server 2012 upgrade, here are a few benefits to consider.

Multiple User Interfaces (Server Core & GUI)
One of the main benefits to Windows Server 2012 is its versatility. IT staff are given the choice between the traditional server core interface, which provides a command prompt, or the new Windows 8 Metro GUI interface. By default, Awesome Cloud offers and recommends the Metro UI to each of our channel partners. Read More…

Group Policy Changes
A Windows Server 2012 upgrade makes the process of creating and managing server groups easier by adding in the ability to group servers by common attributes. This allows you to easily deploy changes on all servers with those common attributes, saving time. IT staff can also easily automate tasks through 2012’s Server Manager console, which features a familiar dashboard design. Read More…

Resilient File System (ReFS)
While businesses may look at the financial reasons behind deploying a Windows Server 2012 upgrade, IT administrators are eagerly eyeing its new file system. The Resilient File System (ReFS) and built-in resilience improve reliability and the chkdsk process. Windows Server 2012 also uses de-duplication to prevent re-writing the same data multiple times. Read More…

Smarter Active Directory Services
Setting password policies on individual groups in Active Directory is time-consuming and mistake-prone. With a Server 2012 upgrade, administrators can set multiple password policies within the same domain. The recycle bin is also now represented in a GUI. Read More…

Staying Modern
Remaining up-to-date is one of the most compelling reasons to upgrade to the latest operating system. As businesses begin the move to Windows 8 operating systems on PCs and mobile devices, running 2012 will ensure everything runs smoothly, with optimum compatibility.

The transition from Windows Server 2008 to 2012 can often be conducted seamlessly, with minimal impact to end users. IT administrators who are familiar with Windows Server 2008 should recognize enough of Server 2012’s features to catch on to the changes quickly.

Windows Server 2012 Upgrade – Next Steps

If you’re interested in learning more about a Windows Server 2012 upgrade, reach out via email or by posting a comment below. Let’s keep the conversation going on Twitter using the @awecloud handle.

About Wayne Lansdowne

As Chief Systems Architect, Wayne Lansdowne is responsible for the entire Awesome Cloud Services infrastructure and performance. With over 10 years of experience at the company, Wayne has filled many roles and truly knows the in-and-outs of the business. He started out focused on customer support and progressed into more specialized roles throughout the years.