It’s a time of great change!
Michael Hildebrand posted a quick overview of server management in past Windows versions, and a “walk around” the new Server Manager interface in Windows Server 2012 over on the Ask PFE Platforms blog.
I say as someone that’s only been using it for a little while: It’s a little bit different. Definitely worth exploring, or at least glancing around!
Fresh new UI style
- Echoing the new UI style of Windows 8/Server 2012 and other similar consoles such as the AD Administrative Center
Remote and GUI-less management
- With Server Manager, we can manage multiple servers with a high degree of functionality from a single console, including GUI-less server CORE systems.
- This makes the idea of wide spread deployment of GUI-less or Server Core systems much more palatable for many enterprises.
Powershell integration and self-help/knowledge-share
- As we evolve application and infrastructure management, the use/development of Powershell continues to grow.
- Server Manager is following suit like several other GUI Management consoles – Exchange, AD – and becoming a mere GUI front end for Powershell 'innards'
- Server Manager has numerous ways to view/export/import Powershell scripts, commands, histories and input files
There are lots of labeled pictures, too. If a picture tells a thousand words, is a picture of a word worth a thousand more words? I like to think so.
Oh, and “yarr”.
Posted by Tristan Kington, MSPFE Editor