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Microsoft releases Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials preview

This week, Microsoft delivered a preview of Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, a version of Windows Server geared toward small businesses.

The company also released a preview of the Windows Server Essentials Experience server role for Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter and Standard editions.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials is designed to help SMB customers virtualize environments with ease, said Jason Anderson, the group program manager for Windows Server Essentials team, in a company blog post.

Some of the most noteworthy features include the capability of guest VMs to be virtualized on a Windows Server Essentials host server, deploying Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials in the cloud with Windows Azure Virtual Machines and improvements to cloud integration services. The products will also address the BYOD phenomenon enterprises face.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials will likely ship when Windows Server 2012 R2 ships, near the end of the year.

Have you used these previews? What do you think of them so far? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter @SearchWinServer.

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