Upgrade to Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Essay

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Micro Widgets, Incorporated is the world leader in widgets for every aspect of industry. To support the organization, the IT department supports fifty Microsoft Windows 2008 Servers that are used for web services, file and print services, domain name system services (DNS), dynamic host configuration protocol services (DHCP), and domain controllers. At the request of department manager David L. Roth, this document serves to propose an upgrade to the environment that takes advantage of the benefits of upgrading the servers to Microsoft Windows Server 2012. This proposal will go on to include a discussion on the use of Windows Deployment Services (WDS) and a plan, including testing, for completion of the upgrade process.
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Server Manager One new feature that offers Micro Widgets, Incorporated significant benefits is the new Server Manager. Although originally included with Microsoft Windows Server 2008, additional features added to Server Manager for 2012 increases the productivity of server administrators. Server Manager “helps IT professionals provision and manage both local and remote Windows-based servers from their desktops, without requiring either physical access to servers, or the need to enable Remote Desktop protocol (RDP) connections to each server” (Microsoft, 2013). Microsoft Windows Server 2012 builds on Server Manager by adding the ability to support remote servers and multiple servers simultaneously all to increase administrator productivity from within one window. Using Server Manager, administrators can add or remove roles, manage storage or networking components for any server in the environment. Administrators now have the ability to use Server Manager as a tool that shows the state of the data center in real time.
Windows Deployment Services
Windows Deployment Services (WDS) is a server role included with Microsoft Windows Server 2012. WDS allows administrators “to set up new computers by using a network-based installation. This means that you do not have to install each operating system directly from a CD, USB drive or DVD” (Microsoft, 2013). Using WDS, an administrator has the ability to install an image of Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 for rapid

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