Windows Server 2012 R2 released

One day after the launch of Windows 8.1, Microsoft is now offering the general availability Windows Server 2012 R2 to the public. Microsoft has also launched System Center 2012 R2, a new version of Windows Intune and more tools that have been updated to work with Windows Server 2012 R2.

In a blog post today, Microsoft goes over many of the new additions in the OS, such as improved storage features, better server virtualization capabilities, streamlined network functions and more. As we reported previously, Microsoft has also released new Remote Desktop apps for iOS, Android and Mac platforms designed to connect to Windows Server 2012 R2.

In a separate blog post, Brad Anderson, the corporate vice-president of Windows Server and System Center at Microsoft, praised the development teams behind Windows Server 2012 R2 and its related products and tools, stating:

The R2 wave products have been meticulously and thoughtfully built by a global organization of truly unmatched talent; the final product is something we can all be very proud to call our own. It’s an honor to be a part of such a team, and it is an honor to bring such a genuinely remarkable product to market.

As it did for Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Microsoft is also offering a free trial version of Windows Server 2012 R2 on TechNet, but the server trial lasts for 180 days rather than just 90 days. In addition, Microsoft is offering a Windows Server 2012 R2 image in the Windows Azure Image gallery. Anderson states, "With this functionality you can now provision virtual machines with this new OS in just minutes."

Source: Microsoft | Image via Microsoft

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Server 2012 R2 works great for me. Some good refinements, definitely more usable.

That said, something in R2 screws up drivers for some HP Microservers (Proliant N54L, etc), so be careful to read up before you install on those.

Gnome said,
Server 2012 R2 works great for me. Some good refinements, definitely more usable.

That said, something in R2 screws up drivers for some HP Microservers (Proliant N54L, etc), so be careful to read up before you install on those.

Waiting on HP here on this one still!

The start screen does not get in the way of administrating the server. It is out of place a bit but it works. Theres a ton of new stuff packed into R2. Note that While Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 is a free upgrade, Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2012 R2 is NOT a free upgrade.

torrentthief said,
start screen on a SERVER, what the ****!

Microsoft has lost it's marbles.

Is there something wrong with a GUI on a server?

Dot Matrix said,

Is there something wrong with a GUI on a server?

Start Screen != GUI.
There is a server console for that.

torrentthief said,
start screen on a SERVER, what the ****!

Microsoft has lost it's marbles.

meanwhile in the real world...

Uninstall-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Shell

And look up remote desktop session/virtualization host servers. Some servers even have Nvidia graphics shock horror for promedia carbon.

Lone Wanderer Chicken said,
The taskbar looks different than in Windows 8 in the photo. The taskbar is solid and the clock/date is black. I think it may the Aerolite them perhaps.

Very astute observation, Chicken.

Server 2012 R2, masterful product. The server group continues to excel. If you actually use Server 2012 R2, the GUI arguments are nonsense. The only UI you need is RSAT and PowerShell.

pupdawg21 said,
There is no start menu but it boots to desktop when it comes up.

Standard and up do. For some reason Essentials does not.

chrisj1968 said,
I'll guess there is NO startmenu area like on the windows 8/8.1

It does have a start menu exactly like Windows 8.1.

source: I installed 4 RDS servers, a broker and a print server last week at work and all under 2012 R2.