After Windows NT4, Windows 2000, Windows 2003, Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2, Microsoft is about to release its last version of the operating system for servers: Microsoft Windows Server 2012.
To promote this event, on June 4th 2012 Microsoft announced the release of a brand new free e-book titled "Introducing Windows Server 2012" (ISBN: 978-0-7356-6679-5) by Mitch Tulloch (MVP).
The e-book has five chapters and 242 pages. The five chapters are:
- Chapter 1 The business need for Windows Server 2012
- Chapter 2 Foundation for building your private cloud
- Chapter 3 Highly available, easy-to-manage multi-server platform
- Chapter 4 Deploy web applications on premises and in the cloud
- Chapter 5 Enabling the modern workstyle
As the author states, "Windows Server 2012 is probably the most significant release of the Windows Server platform ever. With an innovative new user interface, powerful new management tools, enhanced Windows PowerShell support, and hundreds of new features in the areas of networking, storage, and virtualization, Windows Server 2012 can help IT deliver more while reducing costs. Windows Server 2012 also was designed for the cloud from the ground up and provides a foundation for building both public and private cloud solutions to enable businesses to take advantage of the many benefits of cloud computing."
As you can see there is a strong focus on the Cloud, because Microsoft guys are trying to give a clear signal to the IT community that they have somewhat left the old server-centric model and oriented toward a new cloud-centric model.
The e-book is not really a technical one, but it does a good job of reviewing all the new features of Windows Server 2012, such as SMB 3 (on page 63), Network Virtualization (page 32), Virtual Fibre Channel (on page 62), Live Storage migration (page 113), Powershell 3.0 (page 147), Resource Metering (on page 48) or Hyper-V Replica (page 69).
Of course some of these features will make you smile if you have ever worked with VMware, because most of them are just a Microsoft implementation of others editors' ideas.
Some of these features will, on the other hand, make you burn with desire of testing them, such as Powershell 3.0. This is at least true for me. In fact last week I attended the course 10325A "Automating Administration with Windows PowerShell 2.0" and I can't wait to see what Powershell 3.0 can do for me!