Many of the new features of Windows Server R2 have greatly enhanced the functionality of the operating system, as well as the expansion of the legacy functionality of Windows Server 2012. Here's a R2 of the 10 Windows Server new features that will impact your daily routine. Some of these new features, especially in the storage space, provide new out-of-the-box capabilities for traditional partners.
Working folder (work Folders)
Work folders brings Dropbox new functionality to the Enterprise server and installs it on the Windows Server R2 system, enabling you to get more sophisticated features and secure file Replication services. The originally released version will only support Windows8.1 users and may support Win7 and ipad devices in the future. As Dropbox,work folders will save the file's attachments both on the server and on the user's device, and the work folders can perform synchronization regardless of when the user connects to the server.
Status configuration (desired state config)
Maintaining configuration on many servers is tricky, especially if your system administrator maintains a large number of servers that are running. Many sophisticated solutions and countless custom in-house tools have been designed to meet this need. But now Windows Server R2 installs a new feature that programmatically establishes a role and feature baseline to monitor and upgrade any system that does not match the required state. The required state configuration requires the tool PowerShell 4.0--which provides many new cmdlets that can either complete monitoring tasks or meet the specific state required by the administrator.
Storage Rating (Storage tiering)
This is probably the most noteworthy new feature in Windows Server R2. Essentially, the ability to store ratings is to dynamically move storage blocks between different storage classes, such as fast SSDs and slower hard disks. Many high-end storage systems have been automatically stacked for a long time, but this is the first time you can do it at the operating system level. Microsoft uses the HEAT-MAP algorithm to determine which block of data looks most active and automatically moves the "hottest" chunks to the fastest level. You can adjust the setting options to determine when to move data through PowerShell.
Storage positioning (Storage pinning)
It is closely linked to the storage rating, which is the ability to pin the selected files to the specified level. This ensures that the files you want are on the fastest storage, such as boot disks in a virtual Desktop infrastructure deployment and are never moved to a slower memory level. Also, for a relatively short period of time, if you do not use SSDs files, it may be moved to the HDD level.
Writeback cache (write back cache)
To create a new storage capacity in Windows Server R2, you can use the write back Cache. This feature allows you to set aside a lot of physical space, especially on fast SSDs, where write-caching is used to help eliminate the ups and downs of I/O during write-intensive operations. This can be seen as a database scenario in which the content of a large disk may have exceeded the power of the drive controller and used the disk to maintain the condition. This buffer can eliminate any pauses caused by the overwhelmed storage subsystem.
Data deduplication Technology (deduplication on running VMs)
Data removal technology is a good new feature in Windows Server R2, but the only drawback is that you cannot delete a running virtual device. This limitation has been addressed on Windows Server R2. In other words, this new feature can greatly improve the overall performance of data deduplication in a VDI deployment. The plus benefit is that deduplication data technology greatly improves the startup performance of virtual desktops. In addition to storing VMS on SMB3.0, Microsoft particularly recommends using an extended file server on Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server R2.
Parallel reconstruction (Parallel rebuild)
Rebuilding a disk that lacks a RAID array is time-consuming and requires a large number of physical disk deployments, and it takes more than a "long" word to rebuild a drive system! Microsoft solved Chkdsk's lengthy check problem in Windows Server 2012, reducing scan time and individual disk repair time. Windows Server R2 Adds a new feature--a parallel rebuild of failed storage spaces drives, which saves a lot of time. TechEd's professional demonstration shows that rebuilding a 3TB disk takes less than one hours.
Working environment (Workplace Join)
Windows Server R2 announces the need to incorporate personal devices like an ipad into an enterprise environment. On the simplest level, it is a new alternative to Web applications that allows you to provide secure access to your intranet sites, including SharePoint sites, for any authorized user. In one step, it is a new feature called workplace join that allows users to register their devices and be certified through Dynamic Directory (active directories), single sign-on to enterprise applications and databases. Standard tools like group Policy can control conditional access on a personal or organizational basis.
Multi-tasking VPN gateways (multitenant VPN gateway)
Microsoft has added many new features that provide secure communication between the upper and lower premises. The new multi-tasking VPN gateway allows you to connect to multiple external sites using point-to-point via a separate VPN interface. This capability is both for managed service providers and for large organizations that are connected to multiple sites or external organizations. In Windows Server 2012, each point-to-point network connection requires a separate gateway, which can adversely affect cost and ease of use when more connections require a single application. But rest assured, Windows Server R2 has overcome this limitation.
Windows Server Essentials Role (Windows Server Essentials role)
While this may not sound surprising, it has the potential to make life easier for us, especially for the geographically distributed network of organizations. (In fact, Microsoft Windows Server 2012 has four versions: Foundation, Essentials, Standard, and datacenter, respectively, for enterprise users of different sizes.) Install Windows Server 2012, you have to use a completely different installation resource for WSE. For large organizations, this can affect the distribution strategy and structure management. The WSE role can also perform other functions in Windows Server R2-including BranchCache, DFS namespaces, remote server Administration tools, which are typically used in remote office settings.
WS-R2 Hyper-V Highlights
The next version of Hyper-V brings the "Gen2" VMs to learners and cleanup staff, which is equivalent to the improvements on Hyper-V, faster dynamic migrations, online VM output and cloning, and more. To learn more about the new features of Hyper-V, click Read Great new features in Windows Server R2 Hyper-V.
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