Server 2012 R2- Free download and Training

Microsoft Server 2012 R2 Preview Release

Microsoft Server 2012 R2 Preview ReleaseServer 2012 R2 is now available for free,  general download. This is the evaluation version and should NOT be put into a production environment. You also have access to free Server 2012 R2 Virtual Labs to test things without having to install them on your equipment. You can also access four different series of educational online videos on 2012 R2 in the Microsoft Virtual Academy.

There are more than 50 awesomely great differences between 2012 and 2012 R2 that you’ll want to upgrade as soon as possible, and I’d be right there with you. However, as a great swami once told me, it is the fool who clutches the first release and applies it to his production environment. Let others with test networks, media folks who will install and test the first release and get the bugs out and wait for a couple of patches or a service pack before jumping with both feet. I can understand though how storage tiers, write back cache to SSD drives, dual parity, the return of session shadowing, improved compression and quick reconnect for RDP and so much more has you drooling as an IT administrator. Don’t forget about multi-tenant site-to-site VPN gateway, multi-tenant remote access VPN gateways and other very useful enhancements too! Microsoft has finally started getting server operating systems right.

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