The Windows Server Notebook

May 1 2013   4:03PM GMT

April in review: the top Windows Server tips and news

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger

For our monthly feature, we compile the most popular content from the previous month and share it with you.

In April, our readers were interested in a new Hyper-V tool, what’s coming in future versions of Windows Server 2012, the most recent batch of Patch Tuesday bulletins and the latest Windows Azure developments.

April Patch Tuesday includes IE and RDP critical fixes, one recall
There were 13 vulnerabilities addressed in April’s Patch Tuesday bulletins, including critical fixes for Internet Explorer and Remote Desktop Protocol. Microsoft also recalled one security update after receiving reports of failing applications and systems.

IT shops look to Windows Azure Infrastructure Services for cloud strategies
Move over, Amazon Web Services. Customers can now sign up for a free trial of Microsoft’s Infrastructure as a Service platform, which has been set up as a reliable alternative to AWS with the help of price cuts and new core improvements.

Five things IT pros should know about Hyper-V’s low cost virtual switch
The Hyper-V virtual switch, which comes with Windows Server 2012 at no additional cost, is a popular topic. This tip looks at what makes the virtual switch such a big deal and offers five things to do to get the most out of the switch.

Spotlight turns to Windows Azure, software-defined networking plans
Two main points of conversation emerged at Microsoft Management Summit 2013. The first: Windows Azure’s System Center Management Pack is now available. The second: Microsoft will participate in an open source project to advance initiatives with software-defined networking.

Tech Watch feature highlights the future of Windows Server 2012
The major takeaway for IT pros is that the cloud OS is staying put. Be on the lookout for extending infrastructure into the cloud, moving workloads between on-premises servers and the cloud and a new design.

What content from April was most helpful to you? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.

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