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

About the Author

Onuora Amobi is the Founder and VP of Digital Marketing at Learn About The Web Inc. Onuora has more than a decade of information security, project management and management consulting experience. He has specialized in the management and deployment of large scale ERP client/server systems.

In addition to being a former Microsoft MVP and the founder and editor of EyeOnWindows.com, he is the CEO of a Pasadena based online marketing education startup - Learn About The Web Inc. (www.learnabouttheweb.com) and The Redmond Cloud (https://www.theredmondcloud.com).

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  • Maher Abdo90

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  • http://www.facebook.com/RTracyV Tracy Verlin

    Onuora,

    You have done a wonderful job with keeping everyone up to date with the information, your experience and the funny  story when you went to get breakfast before you went to the conference.

    I have already downloaded it. I let it download while I was asleep last night. I got up at five AM to install on a logical partition and have been playing with it all day. Took me a few hours to get used to it. Not bad at all for the first release. Not even in Beta yet, much less RC1. I had to go find just one driver for my wireless NIC. I used one for a different NIC and Im online. Did updates and been playing all day.

    If I lived in Cal. and not Texas, I would have been there for sure. Did you get one of those Dev PC’s?

    Thanks again for sharing your experience with us. Great job!

    Tracy Verlin

  • Geofftaylor99

    Just tried windows 8 sorry only one word for it crap

  • Alexander

    Hi, Onuora.
    I have already downloaded it.
    Thanks!
    Alex

  • Mahmud Eslam

    Until now, it is available only for MSDN subscribers! 🙁

  • Mahmud Eslam

    If you can place a direct link, that’s will be greatful