Windows Server 2012 officially launches

Microsoft starts up a string of major product launches this fall today with the launch of Windows Server 2012. While the server-based OS finalized its RTM version over a month ago, Microsoft waited until today to launch it to the general public via an online launch event.

In a post on the official Microsoft blog, Satya Nadella, the head of Microsoft's Server and Tools Business, says that the launch of Windows Server 2012 represents the company's commitment to making what he calls the "Cloud OS". He states:

The Cloud OS does what operating systems have always done: manage hardware and provide a platform for applications. But it also expands to include services and technologies that have not previously been considered part of an operating system. The Cloud OS needs to bring together all the services required by end users, developers and IT to truly reap the benefits of the Cloud.

Some companies are already using Windows Server 2012. According to Microsoft, based on a survey of some of these early users, state that these companies expect "on average, 52 percent reduction in downtime, 41 percent reduction in workload deployment time, and 15 hours of productivity time saved per year" by using Windows Server 2012.

Microsoft has already announced the different SDK versions of Windows Server 2012, along with their prices. It has also confirmed that it will not make a new version of its Windows Home Server product.

Source: Microsoft press release | Image via Microsoft

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I'm running Windows Home Server 2, what will be my upgrade path?

Even the Essential version will cost way more than WHS...

TruckWEB said,
I'm running Windows Home Server 2, what will be my upgrade path?

Even the Essential version will cost way more than WHS...

There is no more Windows Home Server. So in essence, there is no upgrade path.

It's a shame because running Linux as a server on an all Windows network at home does not make any sence. SAMBA is just too slow.

yawn...

the days I looked forward to new windows releases are sadly over. Things seem only to be getting worse, not better

Co-ords said,
yawn...

the days I looked forward to new windows releases are sadly over. Things seem only to be getting worse, not better

Great. Glad to have you here...

Co-ords said,
yawn...

the days I looked forward to new windows releases are sadly over. Things seem only to be getting worse, not better

How are they getting worse?

So are the RSATs out too? For Windows 8... That is already on Technet, now we need to manage our servers without logging on to each one in turn!

Dave Jukes said,
So are the RSATs out too? For Windows 8... That is already on Technet, now we need to manage our servers without logging on to each one in turn!

I too would like to know this

Tried the RTM build, Some of the good

Remote Desktop (Metro) - Tabbed connections.
Server Manager - Makes managing an entire Remote Desktop Deployment simple
Metro Start - If you need to use the GUI (for something like promedia carbon or solarwinds orion) doesn't get cluttered with the reams of items in applications like solarwinds orion
Direct Access

Some of the bad..

Server Manager - Only works for some roles you need to revert to mmc snapins for DHCP WSUS DNS etc etc etc
No TMG 2010 support so that solution is practically dead

And not to forget everyones favorite developer feck up, locked down installers that refuse to install on server 2012 dispite the application contained within working flawlessly thanks .netinstaller and gfi events manager

TPreston said,
Tried the RTM build, Some of the good

Remote Desktop (Metro) - Tabbed connections.
Server Manager - Makes managing an entire Remote Desktop Deployment simple
Metro Start - If you need to use the GUI (for something like promedia carbon or solarwinds orion) doesn't get cluttered with the reams of items in applications like solarwinds orion
Direct Access

Some of the bad..

Server Manager - Only works for some roles you need to revert to mmc snapins for DHCP WSUS DNS etc etc etc
No TMG 2010 support so that solution is practically dead

And not to forget everyones favorite developer feck up, locked down installers that refuse to install on server 2012 dispite the application contained within working flawlessly thanks .netinstaller and gfi events manager


am still burning WS2012 to a disk, but the RP had those DHCP, WSUS and DNS as part of the server manager...

Shadowzz said,

am still burning WS2012 to a disk, but the RP had those DHCP, WSUS and DNS as part of the server manager...

Yeah but all configuration has to be done via the traditional mmc snapin not through server manager like with remote desktop services

DeaconFrost88 said,
I don't see Essentials listed in Technet yet...only the RC for it. Hmmm.....

This one will take time, maybe by the end of the year...

DeaconFrost88 said,
I don't see Essentials listed in Technet yet...only the RC for it. Hmmm.....

It's not gone RTM yet.

Tyler R. said,
400 dollars for the lowest edition? Hell No!!! I'll stick with Windows 7 Ultimate on my file server.

Your a moron, seriously. This is a SERVER OS and isn't meant to replace windows 7. Its the next version of windows server, the last being windows server 2008R2, which the standard version costs $649.99 (from new Egg). Its always been this way. As you say stick with a desktop OS for your fileserver, I'm guessing you don't need more than 10 concurrent connections nor active directory etc.............Jesus

http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16832116999

Tyler R. said,
400 dollars for the lowest edition? Hell No!!! I'll stick with Windows 7 Ultimate on my file server.

Or use Linux, it's free.

Tyler R. said,
400 dollars for the lowest edition? Hell No!!! I'll stick with Windows 7 Ultimate on my file server.

Windows Server is a LOT more than just a file server.

+1

duddit2 said,

Your a moron, seriously. This is a SERVER OS and isn't meant to replace windows 7. Its the next version of windows server, the last being windows server 2008R2, which the standard version costs $649.99 (from new Egg). Its always been this way. As you say stick with a desktop OS for your fileserver, I'm guessing you don't need more than 10 concurrent connections nor active directory etc.............Jesus

http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16832116999


Tyler R. said,
400 dollars for the lowest edition? Hell No!!! I'll stick with Windows 7 Ultimate on my file server.

What?
Only $400 for a server OS?
Shut up and take my money!

Tyler R. said,
400 dollars for the lowest edition? Hell No!!! I'll stick with Windows 7 Ultimate on my file server.

Ah, I get it free on dreamspark woo

duddit2 said,

Your a moron, seriously. This is a SERVER OS and isn't meant to replace windows 7. Its the next version of windows server, the last being windows server 2008R2, which the standard version costs $649.99 (from new Egg). Its always been this way. As you say stick with a desktop OS for your fileserver, I'm guessing you don't need more than 10 concurrent connections nor active directory etc.............Jesus

http://www.newegg.com/Product/...t.aspx?Item=N82E16832116999

Hey now. Name calling is not necessary. However, you are right about me not needing 10+ connections. I have never used WS in my life (18 yrs. old) and don't really need it for anything I do. If it is useful to you, by all means please buy it and enjoy it. I'll read up on it later.

Daniel Shaw said,
windows server 2012 isn't on dream sparks ???? anyone have any information

It's on the extended dreamspark, aka the old MSDNAA, so unless you're at uni or a college paying quite a bit extra you won't have it.

Tyler R. said,

Hey now. Name calling is not necessary. However, you are right about me not needing 10+ connections. I have never used WS in my life (18 yrs. old) and don't really need it for anything I do. If it is useful to you, by all means please buy it and enjoy it. I'll read up on it later.

You are of course correct, I was out of order calling you there.