In Pictures: 10 excellent new features in Windows Server 2012 R2

New and improved storage, networking, remote access, BYOD, and server administration features make the R2 upgrade

Desired State Configuration Maintaining configuration on lots of servers has been a thorn in the side of system administrators for as long as anyone has been running lots of servers. Many point solutions and countless custom in-house tools have been devised to accomplish the task. Now there is a feature built into Windows Server 2012 R2 that makes it possible to programmatically establish a baseline of roles and features, and then monitor and update any system that doesn't match the desired state. Desired State Configuration requires PowerShell 4.0, which provides a number of new cmdlets to accomplish both the monitoring and the administration of specific states.

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