With the release of Windows Server 2012 beta it’s time to look at new and improved server manager. In this blog series I will try to point out what’s new and why it’s cool or … not.
The first thing we need to do to get to a point where we can actually do something is to install roles and features. This is a complete different experience to what we have seen in earlier versions.
When you log on to the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 the Server Manager is started, this behavior did not change but the difference is that it’s now a very usable tool.
In the left picture below you can see the startup screen of the server manager, as you can see I already installed some features. In the picture on the right you can see the local server information, this is where you can configure the server name, IE security, Windows updates etc etc.