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6 New Good Features You Should Know When Dealing with Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2 does add some new features as a host. Many of these improvements just optimize the existing capabilities of Windows Server 2012. Here we would show you 6 new features you should know when dealing with Windows Server 2012 R2.

Work Folders

Work Folders in Windows Server 2012 R2 perform the functionality of Dropbox to corporate servers. It would keep all copies of files on both the server and client and offer sync operation whenever the clients make the connections with a server.

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Desired State Configuration

When using windows server, maintaining the server's configuration while offering perfect services for as much users as possible is always a frustrating thing for the administrator of the system. Though many additional tools have been devised to accomplish this task. Now a built-in feature in Windows Server 2012 R2 can help you establish the baseline of roles and features while monitoring and managing any system that doesn't match the desired state. But this feature only applies to PowerShell 4.0 and its upper version.

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Storage Tiering

Storage tiering can move a batch of stored data between different classes of storage. In Windows Server 2012 R2, the system would use a mapping algorithm to detect which batch of data are most frequently requested, then move this batch of data to a faster tier of storage automatically.

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Storage Pinning

This storage pinning feature allows admin user of Windows Server 2012 R2 to pin a chosen file to a specific tier. This makes sure that the file engaged most stored on the fastest storage.

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Deduplication on Running VMs

Windows Server 2012 R2 just remove one limitation which can't deduplicate the running virtual machines on Windows Server 2012. The new ability could increase the overall effectiveness of deduplication for virtual desktop infrastructure implementations. What's more, it can improve the boot performance of the virtual desktop greatly.

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Windows Server Essentials role

Windows Server Essentials role sounds like not a big deal, but it does have a potential to make it easier for an organization with a geographically distributed network. For Windows Server 2012, you have to use a completely different installation source for Windows Server Essentials. For large organizations, this can impact not only the distribution strategy but also the configuration management. The Windows Server Essentials role in Windows Server 2012 R2 brings other features. Such as BranchCache, DFS Namespaces, and Remote Server Administration Tool.

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