Microsoft: Windows Server 2012 R2 goes gold; launches October 18th for everyone

Hot on the heels on the official news that Windows 8.1 has reached RTM status, Microsoft has announced that Windows Server 2012 R2 has also gone gold and has been released to manufacturing. As previously reported, it will be made available for sale on October 18th.

In a blog post today, Microsoft also confirmed that MSDN and TechNet subscribers will have to wait until October 18th to get their hands on Windows Server 2012 R2 just like everyone else, rather than allowing them to get early access to the software. Unlike the Windows 8.1 RTM announcement, Microsoft offers something of an explanation for this change in policy:

Because this release was built and delivered at a much faster pace than past products, and because we want to ensure that you get the very highest quality product, we made the decision to complete the final validation phases prior to distributing the release. It is enormously important to all of us here that you have the best possible experience using R2 to build your private and hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Microsoft also announced that the next version of Windows Intune will be released on October 18th and the company is "on track" to release System Center 2012 R2 at the same time.

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Does R2 come as a free upgrade from 2012, like Windows 8.0 to 8.1? Or is it more like 2008 to 2008 R2 where it was a totally new product you would have to buy again?

Have they said anything about buying servers now and getting a free update when it is out? About to place a big order you see.

churchwa said,
Does R2 come as a free upgrade from 2012, like Windows 8.0 to 8.1? Or is it more like 2008 to 2008 R2 where it was a totally new product you would have to buy again?

You have to buy the OS license again, however if you have 2012 TS and user CALs, no need to buy these again, they haven't changed.

Because this release was built and delivered at a much faster pace than past products, and because we want to ensure that you get the very highest quality product, we made the decision to complete the final validation phases prior to distributing the release. It is enormously important to all of us here that you have the best possible experience using R2 to build your private and hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Now THAT is a load of crap. If it has RTM'ed it's ready, period. As an enterprise customer, delaying RTM bits availability is a pure nonsense

For Windows 8.1 I can understand the delay regarding 1st party store and app validation/certification, though I don't understand how you would do that, since the only environment certified for 8.1 Apps development (Visual Studio 2013) hasn't yet been released either. These idiots are ****ing off developers and shooting themselves in the face.

churchwa said,
Have they said anything about buying servers now and getting a free update when it is out? About to place a big order you see.

If you're on Software Assurance, no problem, if you're not, delay that order.

From the R2 Preview release notes, it looks like it [upgrade] is possible but not if you are moving up/down editions or between 32-64 bit.

I read it as a windows update install for win 8 but not for server 2012 - so an inplace upgrade, which is frowned upon in the big bad world. shame.

I'm not happy with the changes in TechNet benefits, or with the fact the program is going away. TechNet was abused, and now those who were using it legitimately are being punished.

To be fair, it's how most things in life work. A few abuse something over and over again and the whole are punished.