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A few screenshots of Windows Server 2012, a copy of which I’m now the proud posessor of. As my experience is primarily in UNIX-based administration, it’ll take some experimenting during the course of my study into Active Directory to find my way around.

What to make of it so far? Well, it’s… comprehensive, and quite a learning curve. It runs practically any service, and the marketing literature says Windows Server 2012 is also aimed at the virtualisation and cloud computing market. It’s also based on Windows 8, which should mean more stuff has been moved from user-space to kernel-space, and applications are ‘sandboxed’, which in turn means a (theoretically) far more secure platform.

Server 2012’s Metro interface

The default interface for the GUI edition is a minimalist version of the conventional Windows desktop, and the user can switch to the Metro interface to find whatever application.

Running services are laid out neatly in the Server Manager, with items colour-coded to indicate resource usage and load. Of course, this is the icing on Microsoft’s metaphorical cake, since the GUI would be disabled in security-hardened and efficient datacentres.

My only criticisms: the ISO for Server 2012 is a 3GB download, probably because the code for all possible configurations and services are included. Internet Explorer has some problems rendering web pages, which becomes a problem if we’re administrating a router GUI from it.