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As we enter the second half of 2015, it's worth taking a look back at some of the best tips of the year to see what topics are hot among Windows Server administrators.
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With two technical previews available and a release scheduled for some time next year, admins are eager to learn what new features Microsoft will include in Windows Server 2016. Improvements to PowerShell and Hyper-V are expected to help ease server management, especially after a less-than-stellar response to the free Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V.
For Windows Server admins dipping their toes into the job pool, prepping for that important interview is at the top of their to-do lists. Our expert offers a list of questions to expect during an interview to help future Windows Server admins put their best foot forward and land that new career. And a tip covering the hottest books for Windows admins is a must-read for IT pros looking to expand their knowledge of the industry.
Why the free Hyper-V server may not be worth it
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 became available as a free download earlier this year, but it also came with a number of limitations. Not only does the free Hyper-V server lack a GUI, but there is very little support from Microsoft should something go wrong. Although the product itself doesn't cost anything, shops running the free server will still have to invest in paid software to keep workloads running in case of outages or other problems.
A first look at Hyper-V features in Windows Server 2016
The new Hyper-V for Windows Server 2016 may not have as many new features as previous versions, but there are a few additions that are worth mentioning. Checkpoints -- previously known as snapshots -- allow admins to roll VMs back to an earlier point in time, while PowerShell Direct allows admins to copy files into a VM, even if there is no network connectivity.
Prepare for these five Windows administrator interview questions
Candidates for a Windows Server admin job will need to carefully prepare so they stand out in a crowded job market. Taking the time to not only review the numerous daily responsibilities you will face as an admin, but to also consider your own competencies and expertise will help put you one step ahead of other candidates.
Five must-read Windows administrator books
With hundreds of books on Windows administration available, how is a Windows Server admin to choose what's the most valuable read? Narrowing down the reading list can be overwhelming. Our expert Ed Tittel lists the top five books all Windows admins should read.
Small changes make a difference in PowerShell 5.0
PowerShell 5.0 in Windows Server 2016 adds several new features and capabilities that admins will appreciate. The new version allows remote file editing, which makes it possible to establish a remote session and edit a file on the remote computer. Microsoft also improved Desired State Configuration in PowerShell 5.0 by adding a new parameter that allows admins to place a throttle limit on the number of concurrent Desired State Configuration operations, reducing system resource consumption.
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