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.

New IP Address Management (IPAM)

The new IP Address Management (IPAM) feature of Windows Server 2012 helps you discover, monitor, audit, and manage a network’s IP addressing. It supports management of domain-joined DHCP, DNS, and NPS servers running on Windows Server 2008 and above in a single Active Directory forest. IPAM gives you reports on IP address space details and utilization. You can organize IP addresses by blocks, ranges, and individual IP addresses. You can also assign addresses by built-in or user-defined fields and perform IP address tracking using DHCP leases. It can also monitor for your DHCP and DNS servers as well.

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