IT & Network Infrastructure : Windows Server 8 Reveals Management, Targets VMware

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2011-09-15 Print this article Print


Windows Server 8 (WS8) physical systems are meant to be managed as part of a group. Here, however, Im using the GUI on a single system. The interface changes are jarring, the resemblance to the tiles on Windows Phone 7 are clear.
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.
Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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