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With Windows Server 2012, Microsoft brings its experience in building and operating public clouds to the server operating system, helping to make it a dynamic, highly available, and cost-effective platform for private clouds. Windows Server 2012 offers businesses and hosting providers a basis for a scalable, dynamic, and multitenant-aware cloud infrastructure that more securely connects across premises and helps IT to respond to business needs faster and more efficiently.

Windows Server 2012 offers excellent total cost of ownership (TCO) as an integrated platform with comprehensive, multicomputer manageability. Three ways in which Windows Server 2012 improves multicomputer management are:

  • Standards-based management approach: The focus on industry standards used in Windows Server 2012 enables greater manageability across both Windows and non-Window devices alike. 

  • Windows PowerShell 3.0: The Windows PowerShell 3.0 command-line interface provides comprehensive automation capabilities. 

  • Server Manager: Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 helps you deploy and manage roles and features on the local server and remote servers, whether physical or virtual.

Documentation

Operating System Specific

By Roles

Role Article 
Active Directory Certificate Services  Certificate Enrollment Web Services in Active Directory Certificate Services  
  Certificate Templates Not Available for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Certificate Recipients using Certificate Enrollment Web Services 
  Creating a certificate template that includes the Microsoft Platform Crypto Provider on a CA with no TPM 
  Deploying AD CS Using Windows PowerShell 
  How to Open the Certificates Console in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 
  Test Lab Guide Mini-Module: Basic PKI for Windows Server 2012 
  Upgrading the PKI from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012-Different Host Name-Part-1 

Windows Server 2012: Certificate Template Versions and Options 
Active Directory Domain Services   Create a New Server 2012 AD Forest Using Powershell 

How to migrate Windows 2008 Active Directory to Windows 2012 Active Directory
  How to Script the Export/Modify of Active Directory Objects Attributes  
  LDAPs(636) and MSFT-GC-SSL(3269) Service  

Manual Schema Upgrade for Windows Server 2012
  New TechNet Library Topic About Upgrading Domain Controllers to Windows Server 2012 
  Setting Up Additional Active Directory Domain Controller With Windows Server 2012  

Step-by-Step Guide for Setting Up Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller 
  Windows Server 2012 : Virtualization Safeguards  
Active Directory Federation Services   
Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS)   
Active Directory Rights Management Services   
Application Server   
Failover Clustering  List of Failover Cluster Hotfixes for Windows Server 2012 
File and Storage Services
Known Issues: File and Storage Services in Windows Server 2012
  Storage and Continuous Availability Enhancements in Windows Server 2012  
  Windows Server 2012: Does ReFS replace NTFS? When should I use it? 
Group Policy

 
Hyper-V   Hosting the Apposite Technologies WAN emulator-based Contoso branch office test lab with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V 

 
Hosting the Contoso Branch Office Test Lab with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V 
  Hosting the Corpnet Subnet for Public Cloud Test Lab with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V 
  Hosting the DirectAccess Single Server test lab with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V 
  Hosting the IPv6 test lab with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V 
  Hosting the integrated Exchange, Lync, and SharePoint test lab with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V 

Hosting the SharePoint Server 2013 Three-Tier Test Lab with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V
  Hosting Test Lab Guide Environments in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V 
  Hosting the Windows Server 2012 Base Configuration Test Lab with Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V 
  How does a storage migration of a running virtual machine in Windows Server 2012 (both through Hyper-V manager and through PowerShell) actually work? 
  Hyper-V Cmdlets in Windows Server 2012 
  Hyper-V MP for Windows Server 2012 Now Available  

Hyper-V: Update List for Windows Server 2012
  Hyper-V: Upgrade Hyper-V 2008 R2 to Windows Server 2012 
  Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V (Part 1) 
  Nested Hyperv Cloud Lab via Windows 7, VMWare Workstation 8, and Server 2012  
  Procedures For Configuring Test Labs in Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V 

Windows 2012 Server - NIC Teaming for HyperV 
  Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Integration Services 
  Windows Server® 2012 Hyper-V Network Virtualization Survival Guide
Networking   New Networking Features in Windows Server 2012 

NIC Teaming-Windows 2012
Network Load Balancing   
Network Policy and Access Services  Windows Server 2012 Essentials: Router Setup 
Print and Document Services   
Remote Desktop Services    Adding Custom RDP Properties in Windows Server 2012 VDI (RDS) Environments 

Adding folders in RD WebAccess in Windows Server 2012 

Changing the Default Port of RD Gateway in Windows Server 2012 
  Configuring UDP Support on the RD Gateway in Windows Server 2012 

Customizing the RDS title “Work Resources” using PowerShell on Windows Server 2012 

Deploying and configuring RD WebAccess in Windows Server 2012 
  Deploying and configuring RD Gateway in Windows Server 2012 
  Deploying RD Connection Broker High Availability in Windows Server 2012 
  Distribution of Remote Apps and Desktops in Windows Server 2012 
  Enabling the RD WebAccess Expired password reset option in Windows Server 2012 
  Installing and Configuring RD Connection Broker High Availability in Windows Server 2012 
  Limits of RDS in Windows Server 2012  
  Managing RDS licensing using PowerShell on Windows Server 2012 
  Managing Remote Apps using PowerShell on Windows Server 2012 
  Performance and Tuning in Windows Server 2012 
  Publishing RemoteApps in Windows Server 2012 
  Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2012 Test Lab
  RemoteFX vGPU Setup and Configuration Guide for Windows Server 2012 
  RD Connection Broker HA – SQL Permissions 
  RDS IP Virtualization in Windows Server 2012 
  Securing RDS in Windows Server 2012  
  Scenario Based Deployment of RDS in Windows Server 2012 
  Using Powershell to install, configure and maintain RDS in Windows Server 2012 
  What’s New in Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Gateway  
Security and Protection  Microsoft Security Compliance Manager (SCM) - Windows Server 2012 Security and Compliance Baseline Release Notes 
Telemetry   
Volume Activation   
Web Server (IIS)
 
Windows Deployment Services   
Windows Server Backup Feature   
Windows Server Essentials Experience  
Windows Server Update Services  Installing WSUS Server Role on Windows Server 2012 with Microsoft SQL Database 
Windows System Resource Manager   

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