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December in review: The top SearchWindowsServer news and features

In our monthly feature, we round up our top content from the previous month and share it with you.

December’s most popular content featured the year’s final Patch Tuesday, our roundup of the year’s best Windows Server tips and what to expect with the release of System Center 2012 SP1.

Windows 8 support added to System Center 2012 SP1

After months of discussion, System Center 2012 SP1 hit RTM and added support for managing Windows 8.  The major downside for admins? They’ll need to perform a clean install to use it, even if they already installed the beta.

December’s Patch Tuesday has critical fixes for IE and Office

The last Patch Tuesday of the year had fixes for remote code execution vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer and Office. Experts also noted the continuing trend of releasing fewer patches and the consistency in which they were released.

PowerShell dominates best 2012 tips of Windows Server

The best tips from SearchWindowsServer in 2012 regularly covered the features in PowerShell admins should begin to learn. Experts also regularly highlighted the newest enhancements in Windows Server 2012.

AWS includes Windows Server 2012 and PowerShell features

In a move to perhaps undermine the services Azure offers, Amazon Web Services included key features from PowerShell and Windows Server 2012. Some experts say this move could setback Microsoft’s efforts to break into the public cloud space, but the company won’t be out for the count.

Q&A highlights management features in System Center 2012 SP1

This expert Q&A looks at what admins should expect with the release of System Center 2012 SP1 early this year. One thing admins can look forward to having is support for both Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8, which wasn’t included when System Center 2012 was first released in 2012.

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