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Windows Server 2012: Dull and Great

Redmond columnist Don Jones is a big fan of Windows Server 2012. The only problem (and it's a problem for Microsoft, not Don) is that the OS is not terribly exciting.  And it's not terribly new or flashy. It doesn't have a fundamentally new user interface that looked like an over-inflated smartphone.

Server 2012 is boring because what it does it kind of boring. And it just works, just like its predecessor, Jones argues. Not exactly marketing gold.

But there's a lot to the new server OS.

The thing it seems Jones loves best about Server 2012 is you can manage it almost entirely from PowerShell. And for a PowerShell fan/guru like Don, that is indeed great news.

Another cool thing? It's easier to manage servers remotely, he argues. And in these days where workers could be anywhere, that's a pretty big deal.

Find out what else Don is hopped up about here.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/26/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Reader Comments:

Wed, Nov 28, 2012 Dan Iowa

Doug, I think you are confused. Server 2012 is a great update, and I don't think people are going to come to the conclusion that it is boring or dull. For one thing, that fundamentally new interface that you said is missing, is not missing. Contrary to the implications of your statement, it has the exact same hot new interface as windows 8. Of course that isn't what people are going to identify as the hot new feature on Windows Server 2012 for obvious reasons. I do agree that all the cool stuff is "under the hood", as is usually the case for a server release, but I'm having trouble seeing where the "problem for Microsoft" is. My suggestion would be to try actually installing and running Server 2012, and then form your opinion.

Tue, Nov 27, 2012 Tom Pittsburgh

Boring? Boring! Of course it is boring. Better, that isn't Microsoft's problem, that is Microsoft's Feature. I don't mean that in the tongue-in-cheek statement that people make about Microsoft's "features" either - for a server boring is a god-send. Users cause enough "excitement", it is comforting to have your machine behave expectedly. Boring, yes, but blessedly so....

Mon, Nov 26, 2012 Dan Mile High, Mile Deep, everyone on the level

Back to school, "Non-metallic Economic Geology" . . . What mineral commodity has the greatest ecomomic value? Gold? Silver? Platinum? Nope, sand and gravel. It is what does the actual work and isn't just eye candy. Gold's only redeeming quality is that it is nearly indestructible when faced with corrosive environments. (Oh and it looks pretty) Servers do the heavy lifting and need to be productive and have no value in the display windows.

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