Gartner Research

Windows Server 2012 for Traditional Server Roles

Published: 19 July 2013

ID: G00249702

Analyst(s): Nik Simpson


Despite a focus on virtualization and cloud, Windows Server 2012 also contains a host of improvements for traditional infrastructure and application server roles. This assessment examines those improvements to help answer the question of whether to upgrade Windows Server installations.

Table Of Contents

Summary of Findings


  • Upgrade a Pre-Windows Server 2008 Environment
  • Upgrade a Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 Environment
  • Tactical Use of Windows Server 2012 in a Windows Server 2008 R2 Environment
  • Windows Server 2012 on New Hardware
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses

The Details

  • System Scalability
  • Licensing
  • Installation and Management
  • Networking
  • Clustering
  • Internet Protocol Address Services
    • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol Server
    • Domain Name System
    • Internet Protocol Address Management
  • Active Directory
  • PowerShell
  • DirectAccess

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