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Cloud Management With Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 is Microsoft’s latest and greatest software management system designed to bridge the gap between traditional dedicated server and cloud computing environments. Significant improvements have been made to its API (Application Programming Interfaces) so IT pros have an easier time customizing Windows Server 2012 to their applications.

Windows PowerShell Module

Windows 2012 also brings with it the ability to manage complex frameworks within a data center, such as systems running older versions of windows and non-windows operating systems. This is accomplished by deploying PowerShell – a comprehensive interface that makes sessions to remote servers even more resilient. For example, if a user deploys a service pack on a server, or attempts to back up a database in the cloud, long-running tasks need to continue, even if the end user disconnects from the network. Microsoft claims that by using PowerShell, application corruptions due to loss of connectivity are virtually eliminated.

Session Continuity

Windows PowerShell 3.0 lets users connect and disconnect to a server in the middle of a task without losing work. Administrators can connect to a machine remotely to check the status of a job even after shutting down in the midst of a task, yet the tasks can continue to run without any interruption.

Standard Approach

Microsoft has listened to the woes of an entire industry. IT professionals from every sector no longer wish to run a management system that can’t do it all. By delivering a solid interface ready to take on the challenges of cloud computing yet navigate easily through different management protocols, Server 2012 aims to simply setup time within the data center. Windows standards have improved significantly over the years and while there are myriad of problems associated with miss-matched operating systems, Windows server 2012 might just be the solution IT staffers have been looking for.

The Usability Approach

Managing a Windows dedicated server doesn’t have to be a difficult process. Through the development of new standard protocols, Windows has been able to support multiple frameworks of application-based management systems. The culmination of these efforts has resulted in WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation)) and WinRM (Windows remote management) both of which aids in the management of the data center. Windows Server 2012 may not have proven itself quite yet but as companies look to upgrade existing management systems in support of the cloud, Microsoft’s latest is worth a shot.

About The Author: James Mulvey is a tech writer and blog director for Colocation America, a Los Angeles based colocation hosting provider.