Saturday, May 17, 2008

Windows Server 2008 Manageability Improvements

Servers are only effective if the administrator configures them properly. Windows Server products have traditionally been fairly simple to operate, but in Windows Server 2008 there are many improvements to the initial setup and configuration experience. Much of these details are still being worked out, and these elements may change as we draw nearer to the anticipated release date, but let's take a look anyway and see what Windows Server 2008 has to offer in terms of manageability enhancements.

Server Manager

Server Manager is a one-stop shop for viewing information on a server, looking at its stability and integrity, managing installed roles, and troubleshooting configuration issues that may arise. Server Manager replaces the Configure Your Server, Manage Your Server, and Security Configuration Wizard interfaces. It centralizes a variety of MMC 3.0 snap-ins, allowing you to see at a glance what roles and features are installed on any given machine, and giving you an easy jumping-off point to begin management of those pieces.

Windows Deployment Services

Many an administrator have come to love Remote Installation Services (RIS), the add-on to Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 that streamed an installation of client and server operating systems over the network and provided the ability to customize installations and set them off with just a few keystrokes. In Windows Server 2008, Microsoft has radically revised RIS and renamed it Windows Deployment Services (WDS). WDS still works using pre-boot execution environment (PXE) and trivial file transfer protocol (TFTP) to an OS, but it includes Windows PE, a graphical frontend to the installation process that replaces the ugly, less functional text-based blue screen setup phase that's plagued corporate Windows since NT 3.0.

*.* Source of Information : O'Reilly Windows Server 2008: The Definitive Guide

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