If you’ve supported enterprise IT solutions for as long as I have, at some
point in time you have most likely witnessed The 3 Immutable Truths of IT
Patch Management. Respect these truths, and you’ll enjoy a stable,
manageable datacenter environment. Ignore these truths, and … well …
let’s not even think about those possibilities!
The Three Immutable Truths of IT Patch Management
All software requires patch updates from time-to-time. All hardware requires
firmware updates from time-to-time. If you attempt to dismiss #1 or #2 as
being irrelevant to you, you may soon know well one of my favorite quotes:
Once we’ve accepted these 3 truths … the questions we have at-hand in
enterprise IT management are not “Why apply patches?” nor “How many
patches?” And, certainly, we don’t want to be in a situation where we are
asking ourselves “How long can I go without applyi... (more)
With Windows Server 2012, Microsoft introduces a collection of new features
to address the evolving business and technical needs of modern IT
infrastructures. Core to this experience is the need to scale out,
virtualize, and move workloads, applications, and services to cloud
architectures. These cloud architectures, in turn, must offer new levels of
agility, efficiency and availability to provide an appreciable ROI back to
the business organization. Windows Server 2012 incorporates Microsoft's
experience with designing, managing and operating public clouds, all based on
Want to reduce your patch maintenance requirements by 1/3rd or more?
Of course! Who wouldn't?
Well, Server Core in Windows Server 2012 reduces the disk footprint of the
operating system by approximately 4GB! When using the Server Core
installation option, the features related to the Server Graphical Shell (
ie., Explorer, Start Screen, and Internet Explorer ) and Graphical
Management Tools and Infrastructure are not installed - GUI features that
are usually not required on a dedicated server, because we tend to do most of
our IT management work from our admin workstations anyway... (more)
In the past, managing and sharing NTFS folders could be a real ordeal –
there were different tools for managing NTFS permissions vs shared folders
and most IT Pros generally used these tools on a server-by-server basis from
each server’s console.
Server Manager to the rescue!
In Windows Server 2012, Server Manager provides a management facelift on top
of the disconnected process that we’ve used in the past for sharing folders
and setting NTFS permissions. In addition, Server Manager can easily manage
these folders on a local server or any remote servers that you’ve
previously a... (more)
Over the past month, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I have
authored a series of articles about our Top 31 Favorite Features in Windows
Server 2012. Now that our series is complete, I’m providing a clickable
index below of all of the articles in the series for your convenience, just
in case you perhaps missed any of them when they were first released.
Hope you enjoy our Favorite Features in Windows Server 2012!
Top 31 Favorite Features in Windows Server 2012
The Cloud OS Platform by Kevin Remde Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 by
Brian Lewis Feel the Power of Powe... (more)