Windows Server 2012 - Operating System

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Windows Server 2012 Operating System

Windows Server 2012 Screenshot
The Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 server operating system was replaced in September 2012 by the successor Windows Server 2012. The editions Windows Home Server and Windows Small Business Server have been replaced by Windows Server 2012 Essentials. Windows Server 2012 is based on Windows 8 with version number 6.2, and the Windows Server 2012 R2 on Windows 8.1 with version number 6.3.

Editions of Windows Server 2012 R2


Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation
- Contains the basic funktions
- Only for OEM companies up to 15 users
- No Hyper-V support
- Limited Remote Desktop connections

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
- Designed for small companies up to 25 users and 50 connected devices
- No Hyper-V support
- Limited Remote Desktop connections

Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
- Designed for virtualized or physical environments

Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
- For data centres with focus on virtualization and Cloud environments

Windows Storage Server 2012 R2
- For OEM hardware and software storage solutions only, e.g. NAS
- Workgroup Edition
- Standard Edition

Hyper-V Server 2012 R2
- Free of charge, for virtualization usage only

Hardware for Windows Server 2012 R2


Microsoft has released the minimum requirements for the new operating system. If the used hardware does not meet these requirements, the installation will terminate. If you want to use Windows Server 2012 with more than the basic features and additional features and server roles, the hardware requirements will increase accordingly.

Minimum: 1.4 ghz processor with 64 bit architecture, 512 mb RAM, 32 gb free storage space, super VGA monitor with at least 1024 x 768 pixel resolution

As a host operating system, the server supports up to 320 logical processors, 2,048 virtual processors, and up to 4 tb of physical memory.

As a virtual system, up to 64 virtual processors are supported, up to 1 tb virtual memory and 64 tb virtual disk storage. A maximum of 1,024 virtual machines can be actively started on the Datacenter server. As a cluster system, 64 nodes and 8,000 virtual machines can be actively operated.

The Windows Server 2012 was released on September 4th, 2012. Microsoft provided the trial version (RTM) of Server 2012 for software and hardware manufacturers for download on 1st August 2012 (ISO file 9200.16384.WIN8_RTM.120725-1247_X64FRE_SERVER_EVAL_EN-US-HRM_SSS_X64FREE_EN-US_DV5.ISO).

The Windows Server 2012 R2 was released on October 18th, 2013. Microsoft provided the trial version (RTM) of Server 2012 R2 for software and hardware manufacturers for download on 9th September 2012 (ISO file 9600.17050.WINBLUE_REFRESH.140317-1640_X64FRE_SERVER_EVAL_EN-US-IR3_SSS_X64FREE_EN-US_DV9.ISO).



Screenshots

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Windows Server 2012, booting processSelect the language during Windows SetupReady for installationSelection of the Windows Server 2012 Edition, Standard and Datacenter Edition, GUI optional
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License agreementUpgrade or custom installation optionSelect the target storage drive to install the operating systemInstallation of Windows Server 2012
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Define the administrator passwortStart screenLogin screenWindows Server 2012, Dashboard of Server Manager 6.2
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View the Metro interfaceInternet Explorer 10Occupied storage drive space on drive C:Microsoft Windows Server 2012, Version 6.2 Build 9200
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Control Panel and SettingsAdministrative tools for Windows Server 2012Standard system informationsWindows Task-Manager with ressource monitor
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Control elements of the Metro user interfaceWindows PowerShell, commandline with Root-directory and operating system version 6.2.9200Standard applications at a glanceLock screen, change user or log off, open task manager
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Windows Server 2012 R2, Dashboard of Server Manager 6.3Manage the local server within the Server ManagerManage all servers with the Server ManagerManage File- and Storage services
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Server Rollen und Features mit dem Assistenten hinzufügenServer roles within the wizardSelect features in the wizardSelect additional features in the wizard
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Select additional features in the wizardStartmenu with Metro interfaceInternet Explorer 11Windows context menu to quickly access frequently used functions
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Control Panel and SettingsAdministrative Tools for Windows Server 2012 R2Standard system informationsWindows Explorer with occupied storage drive space on drive C:
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Windows PowerShell, commandline with Root-directory and operating system version 6.3.9600Windows Task-Manager with ressource monitorLock screen, change user or log off, open task manager

Versions

Date - Version
Aug. 2012 - Windows Server 2012 available as RTM
Sept. 2012 - Windows Server 2012 launched to public, version 6.2.9200
Sept. 2013 - Windows Server 2012 R2 available as RTM
Oct. 2013 - Windows Server 2012 R2 launched to public, version 6.3.9600