What’s new in Windows Server 2012 R2?

The days are over when a server operating system lasts four years (and more).But a new release just nine months after the old is challenging me. OK I am one of the older IT pros.  

Prerelease versions can be downloaded here at Microsoft.

At the first glance not much has changed – except for the start button.As with Windows 8.1 it doesnt lead to the start menu. Sorry 😉 The only thing you get is the mordern ui.

Windows Server 2012 R2 surface

Much new regards the cloud. Access to cloud services is easier and safer. Work Folders promise a central repository for a variety of devices to be.

What is new for the non cloud user like me?

  • NIC teaming has been improved and now works at the packet level
  • Message Analyzer provides a graphical interface for analysis of network traffic
  • Automated tiering storage move frequently needed data independently on faster memory such as SSD
  • Mobile device management with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 R2 and Windows Intune
  • Office 365 connectivity with Windows Azure Active Directory
  • Automatic activation possible (interesting with the use of Datacenter Edition)
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