Microsoft has rolled out its new Windows Server 8 operating system today.
Windows Server 8 is designed with the cloud in mind.
Microsoft has optimised Windows Server 8 for high availability and high-performance virtualization.
The new OS includes over 300 new features and some heavy changes to the underlying architecture of Windows Server 8.
One of the visual changes in Windows Server 8 is the inclusion of a Metro style server manager and Windows Phone-like tiles.
Hyper-V 3.0 is also included which includes VHDX support.
The VHDX format is capable of supporting disks much larger than the current 2TB restriction of VHD.
This new format can only be used in Windows 8 and above.
Version 3.0 of PowerShell is now included which ships with over 2,000 commands to allow system admins to easily script and manage all of their servers.
Windows Server 8 also includes the ability to script workflows with Powershell to make it an easier to patch multiple servers while maintaining great uptime.
You can download Windows Server 8 Developer Preview here