I could get so much material from this one hour video from Microsoft’s Build 2011 on the Channel9 MSDN blog.
This session will introduce the next release of Windows Server, code-named Windows Server “8”. We will talk about the engineering investments we have done in this release along with their benefits. We will also point out opportunities for developers and hardware partners to expand on the new capabilities in the product. This session will include lots of demos illustrating how Windows Server 8 lets our customers and partners move beyond virtualization and embrace a truly cloud optimized OS.
Microsoft has been working on an overhaul of its flagship enterprise server offering in its upcoming release, Windows Server 8. The updated operating system boasts hundreds of new features, touting all new ‘cloud’ features and other nifty integration.
While much has been written about Windows 8 and previews of Windows Server 8 can be found throughout the internet, and on Microsoft’s own website, the video is a very fascinating demonstration of some of the capabilities being integrated into the operating system. Throughout the presentation posted below are demonstrations of increased capabilities of Hyper-V, Storage Virtualization, and Centralized Security features, just to name a few. Some of the things that caught my eye:
- Through an updated Active Directory construct, a new feature known as Dynamic Access Control, is able to protect sensitive data by means of classification, identification, and “tagging” of target information. This construct can then be applied to an entire Active Directory infrastructure, securing documents that fall under classifications to the edge of the corporate network. Policies surrounding access are also configurable by organizational requirements in a centralized interface.
- Hyper-V V3 features better scaling, better networking, better system management, and more. Granular configurations with the ability to change CPU, memory, and thread allocation in dynamic performance events are now available. A new file format supports up to 16TB. Live Storage Migration is a new feature that has the ability to dynamically instantly move a VM from one machine to another with no shared storage or clustering required. New networking features simplify migration and integration with cloud infrastructures.
- Data Deduplication and other Storage features are previewed. While Data Deduplication can be found throughout the industry, the integration at the operating system level is quite unique. The feature is able to detect duplicate data throughout file systems, and remove redundant bytes. The fact that this is now integrated suggest new levels of manageability and flexibility that will likely enter the enterprise picture.
- A new management console, revamped Server manager offers many new features to get familiar with. The dashboard as seen in the video at around 30:00 shows the similarity to the Metro interface. Windows Server 8 also features an enhanced presence of PowerShell throughout the system management. This powerful framework has the power to automate administrative tasks on one to many amounts of systems.