Windows Server 2012 RTM to be available for purchase tomorrow

Microsoft today confirmed at Tech Ed in New Zealand that tomorrow (September 4), Windows Server 2012 will be available for purchase and download as planned. As with the release of Windows Phone, New Zealand will be the first country in the world to be able to purchase and download Windows Server 2012 due to their position near the international date line, with more countries available as the clock strikes 12 am.

Previously, an official Windows Server 2012 RTM ISO was leaked to the public, enabling people to get access to the latest server operating system almost a month in advance. However, as always we recommend downloading the OS through official channels like you will be able to tomorrow.

Server admins, ready your servers.....

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I don't know other people, but i love my windows server with all the bell and and whistle, including Aero.

Does anyone else find it odd that it is supposed to be released for sale today, and yet the RTM version isn't even available on TechNet yet? You can only get the RC there.

roadwarrior said,
Does anyone else find it odd that it is supposed to be released for sale today, and yet the RTM version isn't even available on TechNet yet? You can only get the RC there.

You can't spell conspiracy without piracy.

It's a conspiracy™!

roadwarrior said,
Does anyone else find it odd that it is supposed to be released for sale today, and yet the RTM version isn't even available on TechNet yet? You can only get the RC there.

RTM has been on VLSC for some time now.

"SW_DVD5_Win_Svr_Std_and_DataCtr_2012_64Bit_English_Core_MLF_X18-27588.iso"

Youngy said,

RTM has been on VLSC for some time now.

"SW_DVD5_Win_Svr_Std_and_DataCtr_2012_64Bit_English_Core_MLF_X18-27588.iso"


Yeah, duh. That wasn't the site I was talking about though, was it?

roadwarrior said,

Yeah, duh. That wasn't the site I was talking about though, was it?

"duh"? Still waiting for puberty to hit?

roadwarrior said,
Does anyone else find it odd that it is supposed to be released for sale today, and yet the RTM version isn't even available on TechNet yet? You can only get the RC there.

I was thinking the same thing, i have been trailing the net to see when the RTM hits technet, i want to try out the RTM in a couple of scenarios.

Youngy said,

"duh"? Still waiting for puberty to hit?


Nope, just talking to the average intelligence level on this site. I'm 41, so puberty hit about 30 years ago.

edit: just looked and Server RTM is finally posted on TechNet!!

roadwarrior said,

Nope, just talking to the average intelligence level on this site. I'm 41, so puberty hit about 30 years ago.

edit: just looked and Server RTM is finally posted on TechNet!!

You talk about intelligence levels yet act like a 41 year old petulant child. Some people might find the VLSC heads-up useful, even if you didnt.

Anyway back to the topic.

Unpopular opinion but They didn't go far enough with the metro gui. If you want to admin DHCP,DNS,CA,WSUS etc you have to go back to a mmc snapin.

I would have liked to have seen the above managed by the new server manager.

Depending on the task of the server a GUI is rarely needed.

For saving network resources our *nix servers have no GUI, the UI (when used) is applied at the client end which translates the UI into console commands and pushes them to the server. This works really well as the UI is fluid on the client end (No lag or pixelation) and the server can recieve its instructions easily. Most of the time a command is easier because with servers you tend to know what you are doing and exactly how to do it, eg start the HTTPD service in which case you just fire off a command and start the bloody thing!

With current resources available (ram/cpu) having a ui is not a problem. using 200Mb of ram when 16Gb only when logged on, seems like a non argument.
I fully agree with you on the gui to console thing. on server 2008 and exchange 2010 this happened in many gui tools but not everywhere. Powershell is used in the background and for some configuarion steps the (highly unreadable) powershell script was given when done.
This is nice when you have to configure more than one server in a consistent way.
I think and hope 2012 server has even more gui to console running in the background.

I think that I'd rather opt out of the GUI to reduce server complexity than to save on resources. Less software = less security risks, and less things that can go wrong. Getting proficient in administration via the command line will likely also reward the admin in more efficient server setups, although unfortunately not all tools are available via the command line.

I did try one of the release previews and found it pretty hard to get on with.. but with most servers once you've set the thing up, most stuff is handled through automatic tasks anyway and you've no real need to log on regularly - so no big deal.

remixedcat said,
having metro on a server OS..... (you all finish the rest of this!)

Considering the GUI is classified as a optional extra when installing server 2012...

remixedcat said,
having metro on a server OS..... (you all finish the rest of this!)

Makes hardly any difference for most server tasks, except Remote Desktop Services where users will have a nicely laid out page of icons instead of working on a Desktop... In a Desktop... Inception style.

remixedcat said,
having metro on a server OS..... (you all finish the rest of this!)

is quite good when you see how the server works in more of a private cloud focused enviroment. Of course as is always the case though, day to day is best managed via none desktop methods anyway, but the reporting and monitoring metro style stuff is very good.

remixedcat said,
having metro on a server OS..... (you all finish the rest of this!)

. . . is a great idea and will hopefully finally make Windows Server look nice.

Ace said,

Non-desktop!

I was going to moan at you, but remembered that I'm often the one dishing out gramatical corrections. So thank you oh wise one

remixedcat said,
having metro on a server OS..... (you all finish the rest of this!)

...is really nice. The interface works very well on Server 2012 was my conclusion after trying the Server 2012 RC.