A lot of new stuff was announced at TechEd by Microsoft yesterday leaving every Microsoft IT-pro happy. Like many anticipated we would see a new release of Windows Server and System Center.
So far they’ve announced a couple of things
* New release of System Center (System Center 2012 R2)
* New release of Windows Server 2012 (Windows Server 2012 R2)
* New release of Intune (Wave E)
* New release of SQL Server (SQL Server 2014)
* Some changes to Azure
-> Billing per minute
-> Won’t change for offline VM’s
-> Added support for SSL on reserved Web sites.
-> Lower costs for Azure Subscription for MSDN accounts.
-> New DirSync tool with support for password sync (hash syncs)
-> Access Control Lists on Endpoints
So what do we know is coming in the new releases?
* Windows Server 2012 R2
à Storage Tiering (You can add SSD to your storage spaces solution and you can use SSD as a cache to have the most frequent used data)
à Storage QoS (You can now define in Hyper-V how much IOPS a VM can use
à Version 2 VM (No more legacy stuff in a VM, support for UEFI)
à Support to export Start Screen config using Powershell and import it to a Group Policy
à Dynamic Memory for Linux
à Online VHDX resizing
à Live Migration Compression
à Automatic Guest Activation
à VHD deduplication
à Windows Azure Hyper-V Recovery Manager
à Better NIC teaming algorithms
à Virtual IP address space management (for IPAM)
à Better resource metering options
à PowerShell 4.0 (3000 cmdlets)
à Desired Configuration State options
à Workplace join and Work folders
à Automatic VPN connection when a users click on a application that requires corporate Access.
à Session Shadow
à Windows Azure Pack (Next version of Katal)
* System Center 2012 R2
à NVGRE Gateway solution is a part of a default service template (No more need for F5 gateway solution)
à VMM to deploy a physical File Scale-out-server
ConfigMgr 2012 R2
à Support for Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 R2
à Manage Windows 8.1 using Mobile Device Agent (BYOD)
à Workplace join
à Selective Wipe for IOS devices
à Better management of Android devices
à New Self-service Portals, native apps of IOS, Android and Windows x86
à Support for configuring Work folders
à Work folders integration with the Self-service portal
à Role-based administration control (RBAC) now supports reports
More to come!