The identity and access capabilities in Windows Server 2012 provide you with the flexibility to support the mobility demands of modern work styles and trends such as cloud computing, while ensuring that sensitive data remains protected, regardless of how it is accessed.
Manage and Protect Data Access
Technology like Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS) and Dynamic Access Control can help you build a comprehensive information protection framework for your business. With deep integration for the most popular business tools and a rich developer framework, Microsoft information protection tools can help you meet the needs of modern data security policies.
Dynamic Access Control, new in Windows Server 2012, provides a holistic data classification and protection system. This classification mechanism is combined with access policy delivered in Active Directory to give centralized control over data access alongside a powerful audit framework. Paired with AD RMS for automatic data protection, Dynamic Access Control is a powerful tool that can help you achieve comprehensive information security.
Simplify Deployment and Management of Identity Infrastructure
As more organizations move to the cloud, existing infrastructure solutions like Active Directory need to scale to meet new challenges. Through better virtualization support and the ability to rapidly add capacity by cloning virtual Domain Controllers, Windows Server 2012 brings Active Directory into the cloud era.
Whether you have a cloud-based or on-premises environment, you can benefit from other Windows Server 2012 improvements to the fundamental Active Directory experience. To combat management complexities caused by organizational growth, Windows Server 2012 Active Directory is built for simple, efficient management. You can use simple and intuitive Active Directory tools to automate deployment with full Windows PowerShell support from a centralized console.
Access Data Securely, from Anywhere
Modern workers expect to have access to organizational data from anywhere, at any time. At the same time, IT must protect sensitive data and keep it out of the wrong hands. The use of DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012 can satisfy both needs.
DirectAccess in Windows Server 2012 offers a significantly improved implementation experience, with straightforward deployment for common scenarios, and support for the most complex deployments, all delivered through a unified and centralized deployment and management console. In addition, reduced infrastructure requirements make it easier to adopt DirectAccess, and multisite topology options allow geographically dispersed organizations to offer localized access points for optimal client performance.