The Windows Server Notebook

Feb 1 2013   4:56PM GMT

January in review: The top SearchWindowsServer tips and news

Toni Boger Toni Boger Profile: Toni Boger

In our monthly feature, we compile the previous month’s most popular content to share with you.

For the first month of the new year, our readers were most interested in content that covered the pros and cons of running Server Core, iSCSI Targets, cost savings with Hyper-V 3.0 and news items about IE exploits and a service pack.

Remote code execution IE exploit not covered in January Patch Tuesday

News of an IE exploit made the rounds in admin circles, but what was surprising to some is that a fix didn’t make it into the monthly Patch Tuesday. An out-of-cycle fix was eventually released the following week. Included in the month’s Patch Tuesday were critical fixes for Microsoft’s XML implementation and Print Spooler components.

General availability comes for System Center 2012 SP1

Admins looking for Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 support could finally get it after System Center 2012 SP1 became generally available. There were also fixes for bugs in the suite of management products as well as a new version of Windows Intune.

How to decide if running Server Core in Windows Server 2012 is right for you

Our expert broke down the pros and cons of using Server Core in Windows Server 2012. Some things admins should consider before using it are its smaller attack surface and its virtualization benefits, but also its steep learning curve and its potential compatibility issues.

Using iSCSI Targets in Windows Server 2012 Failover Clusters

Now that iSCSI Targets come bundled with Windows Server 2012, admins looking to take advantage of it will want to know how to configure them. This tip provides a step-by-step process to make sure you can make the most of it.

How Hyper-V 3.0 can provide major cost savings in virtualization

It’s getting easier than ever to have a reliable and complete virtualized environment with Hyper-V, especially in terms of using little to no cash to make it happen. Our expert offers some hints about things admins can do and look for to make the best virtualized environment for their IT shops.

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