windows server 2012

How To Quickly Set Up A Trial Windows Server 2012 R2 Installation

Want to test out Windows Server 2012 R2 (and perhaps win an Xbox One in the process), but not sure where to start? Follow our simple install guide to get going.


Windows Server For Embedded Systems R2 Adds Tiered Storage

Most of this year’s Windows updates came out as part of the Windows 8.1 release wave, including the R2 updates of Windows Server 2012. But one had a slightly delayed release and finally made its official appearance over the weekend: the latest release of Windows Server for Embedded Systems.


Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2013 Speeds Up Windows 8.1 Rollouts

Contemplating a rollout of Windows 8.1 across your enterprise? The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2013 now supports Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2.


Windows Server 2012 R2 Makes Its Official Debut

Last week’s big Microsoft news was the release of Windows 8.1, but it wasn’t just the desktop that saw a refresh. Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 also saw official release.


Are Yearly Server Upgrades Realistic?

Forget leisurely three-year product cycles; the release of Windows Server 2012 R2 next month comes barely a year after the original version. Microsoft is heavily pushing the idea that all its products will be on much faster upgrade cycles, but how are IT pros supposed to manage that process?


Why Windows Server 2012 R2 Doesn't Really Need A Synchronised Release Date

It’s no surprise that Windows Server 2012 R2 will be coming out on 18 October, essentially the same date as Windows 8.1, since the two products have been on a parallel development cycle. But while I can imagine plenty of individual Windows users moving to Windows 8.1 on the day of release, that’s less likely to apply to the server versions.


Top 10 Tricks To Enhance Your Data Centre

One of the key topics during our World Of Servers extravaganza has been data centre management: the tools, techniques and tactics you need to build and manage one cost-effectively. Here are 10 useful lessons, large and small, we picked up along the way.


Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Available For Download

Windows Server 2012 R2 was announced after Windows 8.1, but has become available in preview before its desktop namesake.


Five Things I Learned From World Of Servers

Over the past six months, our World Of Servers project has taken me from Canberra to London to Las Vegas to New Orleans in search of insights into how to best manage and deploy servers in the modern world. Here are the big-picture lessons I learned.


Using Windows Server 2012 To Build And Secure The Hybrid Cloud

Cloud technology decisions are rarely as straightforward as ‘all private’ or ‘all public’. A hybrid cloud approach gives you the benefits of both approaches, and Windows Server 2012 offers a host of tools to make shifting into the hybrid cloud easier and more productive.