Windows Server 2012: 4 critical abilities and how to implement well

3. It’s flexible for future growth.

For schools considering Windows cloud server hosting, Windows Server 2012 virtualization, when done strategically, can advance an institution’s growth thanks to flexibility. From what we’ve witnessed in helping customers with implementation, well-implemented Windows [see section below] cloud servers are 100 percent protected, secure, scalable, and deliver 100 percent uptime.

4. It’s an all-in-one.

Windows 2012 delivers hosts multiple abilities, from selecting a graphical user interface to simplified licensing. Its Server Manager offers multi-server capabilities, making it easy to deploy roles and features remotely to physical and virtual servers.

It also incorporates integrated security features such as Dynamic Access Control (DAC) and adds Storage Spaces, a new feature that enables users to create a storage pool using inexpensive hard drives. Its Hyper-V Replica replication mechanism provides disaster recovery capabilities to educational institutions that might otherwise find that kind of solution unattainable due to cost constraints.

Implementation done right

To ensure data protection, organizations considering a move to Windows Server 2012 should insist on free onsite and offsite backup using application-consistent snapshot technology. With application-consistent snapshots, entire servers or individual files can be restored in minutes in a consistent state. Database and disk transactions are complete and free of data corruption.

Schools and colleges should also implement perimeter intrusion detection prevention and perimeter anti-virus/anti-malware with Windows virtual server hosting. This ensures that every network transaction is inspected by unique perimeter devices, blocking known attacks and CVEs. Viruses and malware transmitted over unencrypted connections are blocked before they reach the client’s server.

Windows Server 2012 can enable growing educational institutions to stay lean, scale instantly when required and fight cloud sprawl. It permits schools to access technology literally anywhere, empowering them to be faster and more cost-effective than ever before.

Adam Stern is founder and CEO of Infinitely Virtual ( in Los Angeles.