Hey…I’ve Installed Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition today in my laptop and would like to share my initial experiences from twenty thousand feet distance 🙂 .
Let me tell you all, Installation Experience is awesome. It was very smooth and easy with less manual interventions! Everything was blazing smooth and fast. But I miss the Start Button 😦 Well, at least now everyone will start using Shortcuts and commands/Cmdlets 😀
Also, it looks like everything is built on Powershell 3.0 in Windows Server 2012. Most of the previous cmd utilities appears to be not working in this Version of Windows Server. Classic Examples, “DCPROMO” and “CLUSTER.exe” are no longer working. Looks like Microsoft is pushing us towards Powershell, which is awesome. Well, there is lot of learning curve involved here!
Believe me folks…..GUI has been drastically changed from previous versions of Windows Servers.Few very basic screen caps are shown below just to show what I am taking about….
Very First Screen once you Install Windows Server:
As you can see below, there is no Start Button 😦
This comes with IE 10.0, which appears to be very better and fast compared to previous versions of IE 🙂
.Net FrameWork 4.5 and Powershell 3.0 comes out of the box once OS has been Installed.
Look at this strange new Add Roles/Features wizard below:
Though the core concepts remain same, it appears to me, MSFT made lot of enhancements and improvements for us.
Bottom Line – I liked it very much and I Should say, It’s time for exploring the real capabilities of PowerShell and ofcourse learning all the new features of this OS.