Windows Azure beta for Windows Server 2012 released

Microsoft released the final RTM version of Windows Server 2012 to its server OS customers in early September, but the company isn't done yet with adding services to the software. Today, Microsoft announced that a beta version of additional Windows Azure services is now available to download for Windows Server 2012 users.

In a post on the company's official Windows Server blog, Microsoft states that this is part of the plan to add the cloud-based features of Windows Azure to Windows Server 2012. The company released what it called a "Community Technology Preview" of the Windows Azure features in July.

For the beta release, Microsoft says it has added the following features:

Service Management Portal & API

  • Distributed install
    • of the Service Management Portal and API (datacenter readiness)
    • of the Web Sites controller separate from the Service Management Portal and API
  • Users are now able to sign up for multiple plans

Web Sites

  • HTTPS/SSL support – tenants are now able to upload custom certificates and use them for programmatic access
  • Distributed installation with High Availability and Live Upgrade
  • Generic FastCGI and custom stack support

Virtual Machines

  • Custom create from VM Template with a rich wizard experience
  • Create VM from VHD using hardware profile
  • Tenants are now VMM Tenant Admins and utilize the new VMM On-behalf Of features

Microsoft's blog post added that the final version of the Windows Azure features will be made available sometime in early 2013 as part of the launch of the System Center 2012 Service Pack 1.

Source: Official Windows Server blog  | Image via Microsoft

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