2012 – A server odyssey

With Windows Server 2012 nearing launch the Microsoft Developer Network has released a great book on the features and offerings the new OS has built in. A quick glance gives options regarding blah blah cloud deployments, improved monitoring and more. With over 256 pages split to 5 chapters of Microsoft Server goodness I am sure there is something new in there for all Systems Administrators.

The new MSCE Server Infrastructure exams are on their way. This will help give you a leg up and get certified as soon as possible. With a lot of 03 boxes around and 08 (nonR2) many will find the path to server 2012 requiring a certified expert. Earn your stripes and get your teeth into some serious deployments/migrations.

Take Note – The quality of Microsoft exams don’t necessarily mean you are an Expert. That part is up to you. Notorious for being a grammar test more than technical it is important that labbing and proof of concept works are undertaken at home. Cisco used the saying ” It’s how they know you know” regarding their certification tracks. Simple : If you dump then they will know quickly that you are incapable and one of those people who bring the value of the cert down. If you lab hard, work hard and LEARN the technology then you will deliver. Oh and you might just help bring the standard of MSCE Certification out of the toilet!

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 The business need for Windows Server 2012  The rationale behind cloud computing Making the transition 
Technical requirements for successful cloud computing 
Four ways Windows Server 2012 delivers value for cloud computing Foundation for building your private cloud

Chapter 2 Foundation for building your private cloud  A complete virtualization platform 
Increase scalability and performance Business continuity for virtualized workloads

Chapter 3 Highly available, easy-to-manage multi-server platform
Continuous availability 
Cost efficiency 
Management efficiency 
Chapter 4 Deploy web applications on premises and in the cloud  Scalable and elastic web platform 
Support for open standards 
Chapter 5 Enabling the modern work style  Access virtually anywhere, from any device 
Full Windows experience 
Enhanced security and compliance

Link the PDF

Link to the Release Candidate

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