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Bryan R.

Windows Server 2012 Datacenter question

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I want to try out Windows Server 2012 both as my host and migrate my servers to 2012. I have in TechNet two downloads for Datacenter:

Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Datacenter

Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Datacenter Virtual Machine

The only reason I can think of there being these versions is one is for the host, and the other for the virtual machines (Datacenter provides you unlimited VMs). Anyone know what these two version are for?

Edit: I notice the Virtual Machine download is an executable while the other is an ISO.

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The download of the executable finished. Turns out, it expands into a ready-made 2012 VM.

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Yeah I would think of it just different ways to be delivered ISO,ZIP,EXE and Pre Made VM :-)

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The VM is intended for testing without the ability to do a bare metal install, to save you time by loading it up into an existing Hyper-V or Virtual PC instance. I wouldn't expect Microsoft to release a prebuilt VM for the RTM.

I also wouldn't suggest spending a lot of time getting things converted, as the RTM is due to drop any time now.

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