In Pictures: 12 new network features in Windows 8

Microsoft’s new metro-style Start screen is getting all the buzz, but for IT administrators there are many new network-related features and changes in both Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 to be aware of.

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SMB Protocol Updated

The Server Message Block (SMB) protocol has been updated in Windows 8 and Server 2012, improving availability, performance, administration, and security of file shares and storage resources, while also adding more support for application server storage. Some of the new features include SMB Encryption, SMB transparent failover and SMB multichannel.

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