Preview available of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

July 1st, 2013 by

Windows Server 2012We knew it was coming and now it is here or at least the preview is here.  At TechEd Europe last week, Microsoft released the preview of Windows Server 2012 R2.  For those of us in the technology management business that means there is a new server to manage, or at least there soon will be.

Here at ScienceLogic, the release of the preview marks the start of a testing and development cycle needed to ensure our ScienceLogic IT Management system is ready to monitor these new servers when the finished product is released later this year.  That process will start with the installation of multiple instances of the preview software in our Microsoft Testing Lab.  We will deploy the preview in a number of different configurations including new domains, existing domains, and as stand-alone servers.  We will then configure the new systems to be monitored by our IT infrastructure management software.

An update to Windows Management Framework, from 3.0 to 4.0, is included as part of Windows Server 2012 R2.  That means we will need to play special attention to ensure things will work just as they do with Windows Management Framework 2.0 and Windows Management Framework 3.0.  The release notes indicate there are no new features for WinRM or WMI, but rest assured we will not just take their word for it.  We will test them.  However, the Windows Management Framework 4.0 does include a new version of PowerShell; version 4.0.  So, we expect to have a few updates to our Windows Server 2012 Power-Pack and some new cmdlets to explore.

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