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    Windows Server 2012

    Giddy good god - I was hoping it wouldn't be entirely Windows 8'ised.

    I was wrong. My NM described it as "Windows Server CBeebies Edition".

    Closed it before Justin Fletcher popped out on screen, not that I could find the start menu...

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    I read yesterday that it defaults to Metro on boot.

    Because what every sysadmin wants is a fscking touch screen interface when they connect to their server. Of course.

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    Still doesn't help when you punch the screen in desperation.

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    Linux and Samba 4 are beginning to look like something worth investigating...

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    I think for a server, Metro really is pointless.

    And anyway, I thought by default Windows Server 2012 was GUIless and you have to switch that on too? I think Microsoft are trying to engineer it in such a way that you control the server functions from a workstation (a bit like RSAT), so you don't actually have to touch the server itself.

    If Microsoft want to make Windows Server more secure, they should strip out IE completely and make that optional too.

    Rock on Windows Server 2008 R2

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    Hmmm i cant see me using this when its released...... starting to investigate linux anyway

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    it has no start menu but defaults to desktop metro is basically the start menu

    it has some good stuff

    hyperv has had some good upgrades, storage pools like home server look good and data deduplication. Its less annoying than win8 but i could live without metro yes

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    Oh my word.... Metro... on a server... really ? no way am I going down that road!!!!

    Think Ill stick with 2008 R2!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofsanta View Post
    I read yesterday that it defaults to Metro on boot.

    Because what every sysadmin wants is a fscking touch screen interface when they connect to their server. Of course.
    There was originally a GPO to allow it to boot to desktop but ever since the beta Microsoft changed it to only work if you had Desktop experience installed which is pointless.

    The server manager UI is shockingly bad as well.

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    Maybe the UI is meant to be deliberately bad so you install the Core-equivalent GUI-less version and remote manage it

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    The server manager UI is shockingly bad as well.
    oh god yes, it took me about 10/15 minutes to work out how to dcpromo it. What a mess!

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    I quickly looked at the Core install of 2008 for hyper-v and nearly decided to learn it. Perhaps I should have. But nm, I intend to be using 2008R2 for a long while yet.

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    This made me laugh - Microsoft 'feeling really good' about Windows 8... The point is, no one else feels good about it

    The strange thing is, there's so much talk of Windows 8/Windows Server 2012, but nothing on Windows 7 SP2/Windows Server 2008 R2 SP2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    This made me laugh - Microsoft 'feeling really good' about Windows 8... The point is, no one else feels good about it

    The strange thing is, there's so much talk of Windows 8/Windows Server 2012, but nothing on Windows 7 SP2/Windows Server 2008 R2 SP2
    This will probably be specificly because of W8, the SP2 release usually includes a bunch of features to make it work nicely and take advantage of some of the features in the new system. SP2 will probably arrive some time after the RTM of the next server OS.



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