Linked by Bob Stein on Fri 26th Oct 2012 22:59 UTC
Windows ActiveWin.com has just posted their 17-page, 90-screenshot review of Microsoft Windows Server 2012. The review covers many different aspects of the OS including start screen, server manager, VHDX, chkdsk improvements, Hyper-V, private cloud, IIS 8, and more. "On the desktop, Windows 8 remains the most talked about release, but within the datacenter, Windows 8’s counterpart on the server is also creating its own noise amongst Sys Admins and Integrators. One of the themes around Windows 8 is mobility and Touch, Windows Server 2012 itself follows a theme that is part of an industry trend, the Cloud. Windows Server 2012 promises to embrace the concept of private clouds fully while maintaining the traditional concept of on premises administration using its familiar tools."
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Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Sat 27th Oct 2012 02:18 UTC
Luminair
Member since:
2007-03-30

server 2012 is a gem, even despite the comedic shoehorning-in of the metro start screen

bad review, good OS

Reply Score: 2

RE: Comment by Luminair
by modmans2ndcoming on Sat 27th Oct 2012 13:45 UTC in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
modmans2ndcoming Member since:
2005-11-09

you can make server 2012 boot to the desktop.

Reply Score: 4

RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by Luminair on Sat 27th Oct 2012 20:35 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
Luminair Member since:
2007-03-30

server 2012 boots to the desktop automatically. but eventually you'll have to run something, and metro is still the new start menu.

Reply Score: 1

RE[3]: Comment by Luminair
by WorknMan on Sun 28th Oct 2012 00:20 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Luminair"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

server 2012 boots to the desktop automatically. but eventually you'll have to run something, and metro is still the new start menu.


If it's anything like Windows 8, there's plenty of Start menu replacements to be had. Or just use a launcher. In all honesty, it's a lot of bitching about nothing.

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RE[3]: Comment by Luminair
by Drumhellar on Sun 28th Oct 2012 02:20 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Luminair"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

and metro is still the new start menu.


Does it really matter?

The Server 2012 Start Screen is nearly blank initially, with and only the snap-ins for the service you add populate it afterwards. It ends up being nicer than the start menu, with large text and icons making things easier to find.

I have yet to see anybody give a plausible situation where you need the rest of the desktop available when the start menu is open The Start Screen displays more icons and is easier to read, compared to the old Start Menu.

Apart from the Start Screen, Metro absent 2012 (Though, I do believe you have the option of going back and installing everything).

Edited 2012-10-28 02:22 UTC

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RE: Comment by Luminair
by Ford Prefect on Sat 27th Oct 2012 13:50 UTC in reply to "Comment by Luminair"
Ford Prefect Member since:
2006-01-16

Does it matter? The desktop itself was already a joke for a server OS.

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RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by Drumhellar on Sat 27th Oct 2012 18:17 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

Then don't install the desktop. It is completely unnecessary.

Reply Score: 3

RE[3]: Comment by Luminair
by shotsman on Sat 27th Oct 2012 19:32 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Luminair"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

Then don't install the desktop. It is completely unnecessary in a some situations

There fixed it for you.

Oh, and not everything can be done via powershell.

Reply Score: 2

RE[4]: Comment by Luminair
by Drumhellar on Sat 27th Oct 2012 21:41 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by Luminair"
Drumhellar Member since:
2005-07-12

You'd be hard pressed to find something you need the GUI for.
And, in the rare circumstance you need a graphical tool, you can install just that, and not the whole desktop.

Reply Score: 3

RE[2]: Comment by Luminair
by ze_jerkface on Sat 27th Oct 2012 20:07 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Luminair"
ze_jerkface Member since:
2012-06-22

Does it matter? The desktop itself was already a joke for a server OS.


Maybe in 1999 when the GUI resource argument was actually worth considering.

I definitely wouldn't run X on a server because it is a POS that can't be trusted on production servers.

The Win GUI is plenty stable but Microsoft has definitely ruined it with Metro. The way they integrated it looks like a practical joke.

Reply Score: 2

Cloud
by Lorin on Sun 28th Oct 2012 10:49 UTC
Lorin
Member since:
2010-04-06

It is beyond me why anyone would want to use a cloud and put their and their company's data at risk. Microsoft is embracing some very dangerous concepts.

Reply Score: 1

RE: Cloud
by shotsman on Sun 28th Oct 2012 17:00 UTC in reply to "Cloud"
shotsman Member since:
2005-07-22

Why?

Because a whole slew of consultants are getting huge great wads of cash from compaines all over the place for preaching the mantra 'Cloud is where it's at and if you want to be cool, that is where you will put your data'.

Then they'll be off to the next suckers leaving many of us here to pick up the pieces when it all goes horribly wrong.

Reply Score: 2