Administration of Windows Server 2008 R2

January 9, 2012 / General Discussion

A plethora of new features should cause IT pros to adopt this much-improved version. It is necessary that you can effectively manage your infrastructure in Windows Server 2008 R2. The Server Manager console (Server Manager), introduced in the original version of Server 2008, offers a single management environment for almost any task on a server.

Many wizards simplify the configuration of new server roles and features. IT pros can manage most of these tasks from the command line, via servermanagercmd.exe. Since we are talking about the command line, Windows Server 2008 R2 comes with Windows PowerShell 2.0 enabled by default, which is a good thing. With a PowerShell management environment, you can manage 500 servers as easily as if there were only five.

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If you need to control disk usage on all these servers, some simple PowerShell commands are enough. There is no need to use scripts. You connect to remote computers via WinRM and you avoid the endless headaches of configuring a firewall with WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation).

But do not panic, WMI is still present and even easier to use in Windows PowerShell. You can harness the wealth of management information using WMI management features remote WinRM. PowerShell 2.0 will revolutionize your approach to administration and increase your efficiency.

Windows Server 2008 R2 offers fantastic tools, to monitor performance and reliability (Reliability and Performance Monitor). Within minutes, you can get a complete graphical view of your dedicated server and you do not need to go fishing information through a variety of management tools.

In the server manager, under Diagnostics, select System Resource Manager (Windows System Resource Manager). It is possible to connect to the local server or remote server. The resource monitor displays an updated status in real-time.

The monitor is configurable with standard performance counters of multiple machines. You can also access the Performance tab and run a predefined set of data collection. This approach is convenient to get started and preparing for the creation of their own data sets.

After data collection, Windows Server 2008 R2 generates a report containing all relevant information. I have never met a simple solution to generate reports of valuable performance and usage.

Among its many features, Windows Server 2008 R2 allows you to define criteria to plan events and Windows collection of performance data. And do not think you need to connect to a Windows Server 2008 R2.

In addition, you can install Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 and manage all Windows machines 2003, 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2 without leaving your desk.