Crucial's latest high-performance SSD Cloud and PAYG Cloud VPS solution has recently added support for Windows Server 2012 to our list of OS options for new and existing customers.

Server 2012, however, also features a focus on the command line over the Interface and short keys in a peculiar way, as well as a more upfront incorporation of advanced or "power" user tools directly from installation.


"The Windows 8 server version and the successor to Windows Server 2008 R2 was released in September 2012 and contains several new features and enhancements: the new Server Manager, the new Hyper-V, IIS 8.0, the new "ReFS" file system, various new management features, including "IP Address Management" and the new Windows 8 "Metro" user interface, which tends to strongly divide opinions.

While the Metro UI and some of the other immediate changes may seem a little odd at first inside a "server" context, since the release and adjustment to the learning curve, our system admin team has been enthusiastically playing with 2012. I'll detail some of our experiences of what the latest OS provides in the DataCenter space for hosted services in the following post.

Josh Simon, Director of Data Center Services for Atlantic.Net, said, "Windows Server 2012 R2 offers advancements that can truly benefit those needing to deploy services on Windows based platforms,"

"We are happy to bring this new offering to our clients while improving their experience for users with cost-effective cloud VPS hosting services."

Though "Metro" has redesigned the way we react along the way to the new Windows and split opinions. One of the side effects is that for a greater number of system administrators, that being the Interface, it illustrates a weakness in Windows Server. You can select either a "Core" or "Full" installation from the beginning, the former of which forgets the Interface by default. Alternatively, in Server 2012, the Interface comes as a "feature" which you can simply delete from the Server Manager at any time.

Deciding only to go to the command line would have a higher learning curve, but without the GUI overhead, the chance to optimize server output is much greater, as any Linux machine admin would tell you at any opportunity.

For customers who need power and speed to run applications remotely, Windows Server 2012 R2 is a great solution. Clients of Atlantic.Net Cloud VPS will test the latest tools provided by the operating system Windows 2012 R2 and pay on a per-second basis through a usage model, without having to incur upfront licensing fees.

The Windows Cloud VPS Hosting plans for Atlantic.Net start at just $0.0205 per hour (or $14.97 per month), with estimated consumption per second. Atlantic.Net provides up to 30 percent off all Cloud VPS plans and 3TBs of outgoing data transfer on any server for a limited time.

Execute on-demand remote desktop hosting for Windows 10 in our data centers in the USA and UK. For hosting, evaluating, and improving Windows desktop applications, Windows 10 VPS instances (based on Windows Server 2016) are suitable. Remote audio and support for video and graphics acceleration are also included with Windows 10 VPS hosting (based on Windows Server 2016).

Windows 10 allows a great remote operating system for the workstation, offering the same UI and features as a desktop PC for the home or office, but with the power of a cloud server.

VPS Features for Windows 10

  • Activated and prepared RDP (Remote Desktop)
  • All Windows VPS features are included.
  • Safe, committed OSE with access to Administrator.
  • Update or downgrade on-demand server services.
  • Revised installation of Windows with security patches.
  • Enabled with extra Microsoft add-ons for licensing.



  • There must be an FTP server built on your Windows VPS. If it is not available, you can use the steps listed here to install it.
  • You must have an FTP client (program) installed on your PC in order to transfer files between your Windows VPS and your own PC (like "FileZilla", "Cute FTP" etc.).

Steps for attaching an FTP account and accessing your VPS data using it:

  • If an FTP account has not been created, the following ways to build it are:

If you have SolidCP, follow the measures referred to here.

Follow the steps listed here if you do not have a control panel.

  • For 2008 Windows users;
  • For 2012 Windows users.
  • For 2016 Windows users.

2. Open the FTP client program once you build an FTP account and use the information below to connect to your FTP account:

  • Hostname: IP address or domain name for VPS (if it is pointing to the VPS)
  • Username: FTP username
  • Password: Password for FTP users

The normal support period for Microsoft ends on the 10-year anniversary of the release of most goods. As such, in January 2020, we will hit the end of extended support for Windows 2008 and Windows 2008 R2 servers. They also have 2 months for all system/service administrators to move their essential programs to a new Windows server.

This involves new hardware or virtual systems where it is possible to move applications and data. In order to verify the compatibility of applications with new OS versions, such as Server 2012, Server 2016 or Server 2019, users must check with the provider.

You can update from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows 2012 R2, Server 2016 or even Server 2019 on-the-spot, if the program is compatible with a newer version of the server operating system and you have a development environment available in your company.


Windows Firewall is a function included with all latest Windows models. It offers options for opening and closing ports, enabling individual ports and programs to be enabled by the firewall, which is similar to "port forwarding" on a Windows Server or VPS that is not behind a NAT device. Any network that has Internet connectivity has become an integral part of firewalls. Without firewalls, anyone can access the network and servers and be infected with malicious software. Properly built, a firewall in a local network can greatly reduce unnecessary network communications.

The article explains how to use MMC and Windows PowerShell firewalls to create a law for the firewall. We are using Windows Server 2012, but the process applies to other versions of Windows, with minor differences.

Either software or hardware can be firewalls, but it's safer to have both. A software firewall is a program installed on each device that controls traffic through port numbers and applications, while a physical firewall is a piece of equipment installed between the network and the gateway. Packet-filtering firewalls, the most common form of firewall, inspect packets and prevent them from going through if they do not comply with a set of security rules. This kind of firewall tests the source and destination IP addresses of the packet. If the packets match the "allowed" rule on the firewall, then the network entry is trusted.

Firewalls for packet-filtering are split into two categories: stateful and stateless. Stateless firewalls analyze packets and lack meaning independently of each other, making them easy targets for hackers. Stateful firewalls, by comparison, remember data about previously passed packets and are considered to be much more reliable.

Although firewalls can be efficient in packet filtering, they essentially provide very simple security and can be very constrained, for instance, they cannot decide if the content of the request being sent would adversely affect the application it reaches. If, for example, a malicious request approved from a trusted source address would result in a database being removed, the firewall would have no way of knowing that. Firewalls and proxy firewalls of the next generation are better suited to detect such threats.

What is the difference between a Windows firewall and an Advanced Security Windows Firewall?

The distinction between the two is the level of usability, that is, the interface itself, accessible to the end-user. They are both the same operation for the firewall. It's easier to use and more consumer-friendly for the Windows Firewall. It is located in the Control Panel and enables simple firewall configurations to be carried out.

The Advanced Protection Windows Firewall provides granular control over incoming and outgoing policies, as well as default firewall profiles. You may use the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) or Windows PowerShell to change all advanced firewall settings.

How to Launch the Advanced Security Console Windows Firewall?

The Windows Firewall with Advanced Security console can be accessed in a few different ways. It will open Windows Firewall MMC, whichever method you prefer, where you can make more firewall configurations for all profiles.

Using the Server Manager to access the firewall MMC. If the window opens, go to Tools in the upper-right corner and find the Windows Firewall Advanced Protection option at the bottom of the list.

Launch the Start menu and type 'firewall' (use the Windows key on your keyboard). The Windows Firewall with Advanced Protection icon should appear as one of the results of the scan.

To launch Windows Firewall with Advanced Protection, use the Run box. To load the console, press the Win + R keys, type msc, and hit Enter. To execute this command, you can also use Command Prompt or Windows PowerShell.

You can see the specifics in the middle section when you pick an option from the menu on the left side of the window. On the right hand, for the option you have previously chosen, the menu displays the available acts.

The method is the same when incoming laws and outgoing laws are defined by the Windows Firewall with Advanced Security. I'm going to list the steps for developing an incoming law, and you can follow them in the same order when you want to create an outgoing law.

  • You'll need a VPS client, a VPS server, and a VPS router to get started. The downloadable client links you to servers around the world, so your small business network can be reached by employees anywhere. The client can be used on devices such as smartphones and tablets, even if employees use public Wi-Fi networks. You'll also need a VPS router to protect and encrypt all network traffic. Many routers come with built-in VPS clients.
  • VPS clients may clash with other clients on occasion, or fail to function properly. Before you set up a VPS, it is a good idea to prepare the network system so that you can prevent issues down the road. Uninstall any current VPS client applications you don't need as a first phase. Theoretically, VPS customers should be able to work well together, but competing customers can also be a source of issues, so eliminating them is better.
  • This is also a great time for network configuration to be considered. You may need to spend more time setting up the VPS client if you plan to install a VPS for employees that can access online services in many ways, such as Wireless Fidelity, 5G modems, and wired connections. It can help to simplify networks by unplugging unused machines. Installing clients from your VPS provider is the easiest way to get your VPS up and running.
They do not, however, provide apps for every platform, such as Windows, iOS, and Android, that you need. Even if they don't, it's best to first install what they sell and then check that your VPS account is running properly. Look on the website of your VPS provider for the "downloads" tab. As you want to secure connections from as many devices as possible, you can also download applications for mobile devices your employees use. How data is routed between your device and the VPS server is determined by VPS protocols. Some protocols help to increase speed, while others help to enhance the privacy and protection of data.

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