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As consumers around the globe flocked to the Consumer Preview version of Windows 8, Microsoft this week also released the beta for Windows Server "8". Windows Server "8"--quotation marks included--is to be next version of the company's server platform.

Unlike with Windows 8, practically all the changes to Windows Server "8" are under the hood and constitute probably the most sweeping update since the transition from NT 4.0 and Windows Server 2000.

Windows Server "8" comes with a Metro-style Start screen as well as a new Server Manager dashboard designed as a command center for managing and controlling all the servers within an enterprise. It is also the location where PowerShell scripts are created to automate a great number of tasks including the configuration of newly provisioned physical or virtual servers; the new version of the PowerShell command line interface has been greatly expanded by an additional 2,300 commands.

Beyond that, Windows Server "8" packs multiple improvements in terms of multi-machine management and automation and application hosting capabilities. And as previously reported, the new Hyper-V virtualization supports a stunning array of enhancements such as live migration across two systems equipped with only direct-attached storage.

A host of other enhancements, such as memory and storage deduplication and native NIC teaming capabilities, round out the list to make this "the most significant release" of the Windows Server system, according to Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT)

Running the beta version of Windows Server "8" requires a server with minimum requirements of a 64-bit 1.4GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and 32GB of disk capacity. You can read the official announcement for the availability of Windows Server "8" beta here.

For more:
- check out this article at ZDNet
- check out this article at Ars Technica

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