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Microsoft's next generation server OS will come with virtualization and application hosting improvements

Closely following the company's public preview of Windows 8, Microsoft has released a beta version of its Windows Server 8 operating system.

Announced last September, Windows Server 8 updates the code base for Microsoft's flagship server OS, the current version of which is Windows Server 2008. The beta version will allow administrators to test the OS and offer feedback to Microsoft as it finalizes the software for commercial release. Microsoft did not disclose when the final production-ready version of the OS would be available for purchase.

A major update, Windows Server 8 contains numerous improvements in virtualization, multi-machine management and application hosting capabilities, noted Bill Laing, Microsoft corporate vice president for server and cloud, in a blog post announcing the release.

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Here is a brief rundown of some of the new features that make it to commercial applications. For starters, there will be a significant change in the virtual machine technology.

Hyper-V will now support up to 32 processors and 512GB of RAM per VM. That’s right per VM. Which means that the .VHDX file format will accommodate larger virtual disks up to 2 terabytes.
The Hyper-V clusters will support 63-nodes running up to 4000 concurrent VMs simultaneously. Undoubtedly, this program will be expensive. However, think of the savings that will come from combining multiple servers into one physical platform. This will allow IT administrators to save tens of thousands of dollars by not having to buy or maintain multiple computer servers.
You will also be able to transfer a virtual machine between two Hyper-V hosts with only an IP connection as the reference point.
Bandwidth limitations will govern the amount of VM and storage migrations that could run simultaneously across a Hyper-V cluster. There will not be any limit to the number of concurrent live migrations at the OS level.
3rd parties will be able to plug into Hyper-V’s switch architecture using the new Open Extensible Virtual Switch.
An improved Branch Caching performance operation will be in place, which reduces the need for expensive WAN optimization appliances.
There is also a type of BiTorrent technology for the enterprise, which allows branch offices and client systems to find the files they need locally on other client systems and servers and not having to go across the WAN to get them.

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Edited by _GTech - 3/1/12 at 3:16pm
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Remember when Windows ME sucked so everyone used Windows Server 2000.

 

Looks like we'll be doing the same again.

 

Anyone who uses a computer properly will end up using Server 8.

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Windows Server 8 will include a copy of .NET Framework 4.5, which includes new capabilities to run a program concurrently across multiple processor cores.

That sounds interesting......
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Still uses Metro UI.
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Still uses Metro UI.

Your argument seems rather invalid because Windows 8 still has a desktop, e.g. those not liking Metro can just go the desktop with a click of a button...

so, I don't see what the big deal is...
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Your argument seems rather invalid because Windows 8 still has a desktop, e.g. those not liking Metro can just go the desktop with a click of a button...
so, I don't see what the big deal is...

When using the desktop in Windows 8 I feel like I've been placed in a sandbox and can't really get to anything easily without going through metro unless I place icons for every program I have on my desktop
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ESXi still dominates virtualization, so it is going to take awhile before Hyper-V makes more traction. Maybe if they significantly discount the software compared to VMware.
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Remember when Windows ME sucked so everyone used Windows Server 2000.

Looks like we'll be doing the same again.

Anyone who uses a computer properly will end up using Server 8.

I must be using my computer wrong then when I use Linux servers.
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Still uses Metro UI.

How does someone with so much rep make such a stupid comment?

Metro CAN be TURNED OFF and even if its activated, one of the tiles is called DESKTOP...
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Originally Posted by L D4WG View Post

How does someone with so much rep make such a stupid comment?
Metro CAN be TURNED OFF and even if its activated, one of the tiles is called DESKTOP...

It is said the previous registry tweak was removed from the latest build. Start Screen is jarringly different compared to Start Menu.

The Server version defaults to desktop view after login, but it is still has Metro and the Start Screen.
Edited by Riou - 3/1/12 at 5:59pm
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