Hi all —

As I write this in early August 2012, Microsoft is just about to release the final copy of Windows Server 2012 to the world. So... is it good news or bad news? In my opinion, it's mostly great news. Server 2012's cheaper in nearly every case and, even better, brings all of those enterprise-y features that we poor plebian Standard Server folks could previously only stare at through the window, press our noses to the glass and wish for. Anyway, I mean, man am I glad I'm not the guy who's got to put together Windows Server 2012's successor.

But it's not all good news. Unfortunately, there's one thing that's making Windows Server veterans downright apoplectic. Even more unfortunately, it's the first thing that every 2012 admin meets: the GUI. That's our topic for today.


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