GIST: Windows Server “8” Administrative Experience
There are several items that deserve highlighting from Erin Chapple’s post (via Jeffry Snover) titled, “Rocking the Windows Server “8” Administrative Experience”. Here’s my gist:
- Administration designed for one a single-role centric view to a multi-server view of the environment. The result is that rather than administer a role on a particular server you will now be able to administer a role that may span multiple servers.
- The PowerShell based Command-line Interface (CLI) for Windows administration is a both/and experience – both CLI and GUI.
- CLI automation increases reliability, auditability, and predictability – across multiple servers none-the-less.
- Server Core is the preferred deployment option but GUI still available both on server (as backward compatibility option) but more importantly on the server.
- SQL Server 2012 supported on Server Core.
- Remote Management (WinRM) and Windows PowerShell installed and enabled by default on all servers.
- .NET installed and enabled by default on all servers (given that PowerShell is there by default).
- A new Minimal User Experience option allows GUI applications to run on Server Core but without th desktop shell or Internet Explorer.
- As a fallback, it is possible to enable a metro style Start Screen experience.
- Gazillions (2,300) PowerShell cmdlets oriented at managing the server.
- A host of PowerShell ISE improvements including IntelliSense©, snippet support for an enhanced scripting UI experience, a Show Command window that allows administrators to search the cmdlets available, learn the syntax, and run or script the cmdlet.
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