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My top Server 2012 tip is to get the Windows 8 RSAT installed and configure your server groups in Server Manager. This lets you quickly monitor your servers, and the groupings help you keep it all organised. For example, I keep all my Hyper-V machines in a group together, and my VMs are all grouped by what cluster they belong to. I also have a separate group for all my core services (ADDS, DHCP etc).
When connected to Windows Server 2012 via remote desktop ensure you have the option set to send keyboard shortcuts through (under local resources) to ensure you can use all your favorite shortcuts for example Windows key+I for Settings, Windows key+C for Charms, Windows key+Q for Search or Windows key+X for Power Users.
The Hardest task yet. there are SO many reasons to give for this being the Best Server OS yet. My top five are
IPAM, Fine Grained passwords, Hyper-V replicas, Managing Multiple Servers using Server manager, Teaming network cards. (for LOTS more detail see here ed-baker.com/published-elsewhere)
ed at ed-baker.com
If you havent already started using Windows Server 2012 then get the trial at: http://aka.ms/getwin2012
You can change the refresh interval on Server Manager to 1 minute if you wanted more up-to-date data. For real time information you could also integrate System Center solutions.
Use PowerShell ISE to leverage the power of PowerShell. You can also use the update-help cmdlet to get updated help in PowerShell. Also use PowerShell Web Access.
Use cool features such as data Deduplication It can save you loads of money on your storage solutions. Use the ddpeval.exe tool to check how much storage space you can save.
Use RSAT with Windows 8 to manage your servers.
Leverage high availability solutions like clustering. They are available in the Standard edition as well.
There are many many more great features in WIndows Server 2012
If you are a seasoned IT Pro and want to have your questions answered on Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 then don't miss out the MVA event in January: aka.ms/MVA-OffHrs-Jan2013
The best tip I've found is to get the free e-book "Introducing Windows Server 2012" straight from the horse's mouth (a..k.a Microsoft Press)
It basically tells you everything you want to know about what is new about Server 2012 from the business need right to how it can enable a modern workstyle
For those of you who are Windows Home Server fans then using Windows Server 2012 Essentials as your next server would be an ideal choice. One of the great features which comes out of the box, but needs enabling and configuring, is media sharing. You can find out all about how this is done and what your options are here winsupersite.com/.../windows-server-2012-essentials-tip-enable-configure-media-sharing-144377