IT & Network Infrastructure : Windows Server 8 Reveals Management, Targets VMware
Microsoft released the developer preview--in effect a pre-beta version of Windows Server 8 at the BUILD conference today. While a release date for the final version is still not known, along with details such as the number of different versions, or SKUs, of Windows Server 8, we do now know some things. In broad outlines, the new Windows server flagship is designed to be managed in groups, not individual systems. Microsoft is set to add storage, networking and virtualization features that it hopes will give market leader VMware and the just released vSphere 5.0 a run for the money. When a user interface does appear it is stripped to essentials with a noticeable absence of bling and unnecessary visual effects. This version of Windows Server will be much more open to being run via scripts as we are told that that PowerShell commands emody every action that can be done in the GUI. eWEEK Labs got a first-day copy of Windows Server 8 developer preview and installed it at our San Francisco office. Here are some screens of our first look at Windows Server 8.