Management and Tools for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012
Updated: November 1, 2013
Applies To: Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012
This section contains tool and reference information for IT pros using Windows Server 2012.
Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1
This topic lists the Windows PowerShell modules included with Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows 8. The Windows PowerShell modules in the list support automating the features of those operating systems and provide links to the cmdlet references for each module. These modules enable you to use Windows PowerShell to administer, maintain, configure, and develop new features for Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows 8.
Manage Multiple, Remote Servers with Server Manager
The content in this section describes how to use Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 to manage both local and remote Windows-based servers from desktop computers.
Deploy Remote Server Administration Tools
To ease remote server management, you can download and install Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1. Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers, and some command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012.
Install and Use Windows PowerShell Web Access
The content in this section describes how to configure and use Windows PowerShell Web Access, a feature that allows a server that is running Web Server (IIS) to act as a Windows PowerShell gateway and provide a web-based Windows PowerShell console to users in your organization.
Getting Started with Windows PowerShell Workflow
The content in this section describes Windows PowerShell Workflow, a feature that lets IT pros and developers leverage the benefits of workflows with the automation capabilities and ease of Windows PowerShell.
The content in this section describes the command-line tools that enable IT pros to create batch files or scripting tools that automate common management tasks.
Datacenter Abstraction Layer (DAL) Overview
The content in this section describes DAL, an extensible framework that provides a set of management infrastructure components and schemas that can emulate device-specific details, such as those of network switches.
Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) Overview
The content in this section describes BITS, an optional feature that improves the network bandwidth use and efficiency of file transfers.