Five Hidden Benefits Of Windows Server 2012 R2

The headline features such as Hyper-V tend to hog most of the limelight, but Windows Server 2012 R2 has some less obvious but equally useful features under the bonnet. Here are five to keep an eye out for.

1. Authorisation of individual devices using Active Directory

Bring-1your-own-device (BYOD) management is straightforward in Windows Server 2012 R2: you can join individual devices to the corporate network, and opt to manage them as well. The approach is highly secure; you can even opt to complete a phone call to a specified internal number before authorisation is completed.

2. Multi-tenant VPN support

Have complex VPN needs? Not a drama with R2, which allows you to bridge between your own systems, external infrastructure providers and the Windows Azure cloud serivce.

3. Compression of virtual machines while they migrate

Live migration of virtual machines is one of Hyper-V's more impressive features, and R2 takes it a step further: you can compress an image during the migration process, utilising any spare processing power.

4. Bandwidth management for live migrations

At the other end of the scale, if you're staging a live migration in a very busy environment, you can set a fixed level of bandwidth for the migration to use

5. Complete control using PowerShell

The whole of Windows Server 2012 R2 can be managed and automated using PowerShell. While it's a complex and powerful language, learning PowerShell is surprisingly easy thanks to its IntelliSense built-in help features.

You don't have to take our word on these features -- install the free trial version for yourself and check them out. Trying out Windows Server 2012 R2 also gives you the opportunity to enter our competition to win an Xbox One.


Comments

    "2. Authorisation of individual devices using Active Directory

    ...

    2. Multi-tenant VPN support"

    I'm guessing the improvements don't cover numbered points.

    Is this paid editorial?

    I notice this is the second article on Windows Server 2012 R2 in as many days.

      Yeah, they never announce it though, it's pretty dodgy. I treat pretty much everything on this site as an ad until proven otherwise.

        Well, that is illegal. It is called 'cash for comment'. So I've taken a screenshot and sent it to ACMA.

          I don't think the ACMA has any authority when it comes to blogs on the Internet...

            They are the relevant authority to complain about content on Australian sites. Not listing paid comment editorial as "advertorial" is illegal in Australia and can attract significant fines. Doesn't matter if it is a blog.

            I have no doubt that Angus Kidman and the media buyers for Microsoft are aware of this.

              Okay, go complain to them then. You'll find out pretty quickly they have no power here.

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