If, like me, you’ve been keenly awaiting RSAT for Windows 8, there’s been a spot of confusion lately. Some people were declaring that the RTM tools were available even though the page was clearly labelled “Release Preview”, then the page disappeared from the Microsoft Download Center completely. Happily though, the wait is over and you can now download 32- or 64-bit versions:
Remote Server Admin Tools for Windows 8
This is good news for people who want to use the new Server Manager to manage their infrastructure from their desktop (Windows Server 2012 will work natively, obviously, and you can add support to Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 servers by installing WMF 3.0 on them). It’s even better news for people who want the PowerShell modules that come with Windows Server 2012 on their desktop!
For our free event in Newcastle on the 19th September I’m teaming up with my NEBytes collaborator Ben Lee to cover Microsoft’s new Server release.
Windows Server 2012 is a huge release for Microsoft. Almost everything is new or improved, so don’t worry we’re not going to try to cram it all into a one hour session; Instead we’re giving the whole of September’s NEBytes over to it!
Some of the questions thrown up by the new OS we’ll look to help answer are:
- Server 2012 utilises the same new UI as Windows 8 and defaults to a core install, does it matter and do we need the UI anymore?
- Microsoft say that this has been designed as a Cloud OS, what does that actually mean?
- Server Manager is radically different, can you really manage all of your servers with a single pane of glass?
- We’ve got improvements around continuous availability, Direct Access, VDI, new Dynamic Access Controls and many more features but what do these really mean to me?
In this full length Server 2012 special Ben and Jonathan will take you on a tour of the main highlights from the new OS and share some of their personal favourites. We’re going to be talking storage, networking, Hyper-V and as many many more things so bring your curiosity and your propeller hat and we’ll see you there.
If you’re going to be attending, please register on Eventbrite so that we can keep track of numbers.
Microsoft Press have released a free ebook called Introducing Windows Server 2012, which does exactly what it says on the tin.
There are three versions available, depending on where you want to read it:
Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – PDF ebook
Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – ePub format
Introducing Windows Server 2012 RTM Edition – MOBI format
I read the version of this book that was based on the beta and found it very informative. It’s now been updated to the RTM version, so there’s no reason not to grab it now.
Along with the launch of Windows Server 2012* yesterday, Microsoft released the Windows Management Framework 3.0 for some downlevel clients. In the package you get PowerShell 3.0, and updated versions of WMI and WinRM for Windows 7 SP1, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 SP2. If you were looking for support on XP and Vista you are out of luck.
WMF 3.0 also contains the Server Manager CIM Provider that you’re going to need on your 2008 R2 SP1 and 2008 SP2 servers if you want to manage them with the new Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 or Remote Server Admin Tools for Windows 8 (RSAT for Win8 is yet to reach RTM).
Download WMF 3.0 at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=34595
* Make sure you click that link to the online launch event; windows-server-launch.com has a load of learning resources for Microsoft’s amazing new Server release, especially around management and virtualisation.