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Manage Windows Server 2012 R2

Find resources and tools to help you better manage your Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, keep your servers up to date, and troubleshoot.

Server Manager

Manage Multiple, Remote Servers with Server Manager
Server Manager is a management console in Windows Server 2012 that helps IT pros provision and manage both local and remote Windows-based servers from their desktops, without requiring either physical access to servers or the need to enable Remote Desktop protocol (RDP) connections to each server.

Run Best Practices Analyzer Scans and Manage Scan Results
Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) is a server management tool that is available in Windows Server 2012. BPA can help administrators reduce best practice violations by scanning roles that are installed on managed servers that are running Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2008 R2, and reporting best practice violations to the administrator.

Windows PowerShell

Windows PowerShell User's Guide
Windows PowerShell is a command-line shell and scripting environment that brings the power of the .NET Framework to command-line users and script writers. It introduces a number of powerful new concepts that enables you to extend the knowledge you have gained and the scripts you have created within the Windows Command Prompt and Windows Script Host environments.

Windows PowerShell Support for Windows Server
The Windows PowerShell modules in this list enable you to use Windows PowerShell to administer, maintain, configure, and develop new features for Windows Server 2012.

Windows PowerShell Survival Guide
The purpose of this TechNet Wiki article is to help you to learn more about Windows PowerShell and to be successful in applying it.

Windows and Windows Server Automation with Windows PowerShell
This page lists the Windows PowerShell modules included with Windows Server and Windows Client. These modules enable you to use Windows PowerShell to administer, maintain, configure, and develop new features for Windows Server and Windows Client.

Application Control

Administering AppLocker in Windows Server 2012
This section provides links to specific procedures to use when administering AppLocker policies and rules in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8.

Administer Software Restriction Policies
This section for the IT pro contains procedures for administering application control policies using Software Restriction Policies (SRP) beginning with Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista.

Manage Privacy

Manage Privacy in Windows Server 2012
This page provides a summary of links that offer guidance about managing privacy-related settings in Windows Server 2012. The information is designed for administrators and others concerned about privacy.

Managing Internet Communication and Privacy in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012
This document provides information for administrators about the communication that flows between features in Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 and Internet sites, and it describes steps to take to limit, control, or prevent that communication in an organization with many users.