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Should you migrate to Windows Server 2012 R2?


With the recent release of Windows Server 2012 R2, many IT administrators will be looking to upgrade.  Our numbers back it up.  In the Windows Server Purchasing Intentions survey published this fall, 55% of respondents said they would install Windows Server 2012 R2 in 2014.

Some enterprises will move to the new version for a good reason. They may still be running the very old and very popular Windows Server 2003, which will finally stop receiving security updates in mid-2015. Administrators that make the leap from that release to the latest server release will need to install all new hardware.

Microsoft said it will make the migration progress easier, by offering live migration support from Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2012 R2. There will be some other new features to attract administrators, ranging from improved storage, PowerShell enhancements with Desired State Configuration, to improved server management with Windows Azure pack.


1Get the latest info-

Latest Windows Server 2012 R2 news

Windows Server 2012 R2 launched last October, just a year after its previous iteration. What can administrators expect in the new version?

There are work folders and improvements to Hyper-V. But for IT shops without an Enterprise Licensing agreement, Microsoft has upped the price of the server operating system by 28%.


What's new in Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2?

At TechEd in June 2013, Microsoft strengthened its focus on its Cloud OS strategy, making it easier for admins to extend their data center to MIcrosoft's cloud. Continue Reading


Microsoft raises Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter edition pricing

Microsoft upped the cost of Windows Server 2012 R2 by as much as 28%, while discussing a new licensing option. Continue Reading


Q&A: Microsoft's Brad Anderson talks Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft's Brad Anderson sat down with to discuss new features for Windows Server 2012 R2, and what it all means for IT. Continue Reading


Anderson talks BYOD management in Windows Server 2012 R2

In part two of our interview with Anderson, he talks about changes to expect in Windows Server 2012 R2 features, including some to security and enterprise mobility. Continue Reading


Facing stiff threat from competitors, Microsoft talks cloud plans

Microsoft offers Azure discounts to customers that enter into enterprise agreements, as an attempt to ward off the looming threat of cloud competitors like Amazon. Continue Reading

2Efficient storage-

Storage improvements to Windows Server

One of the immediate benefits of Windows Server 2012 R2 is its improved storage system. Microsoft now offers storage tiering and improved deduplication in its Storage Spaces feature. This section dives deep into what's new, what's changed and what to consider.


Storage Spaces gets a refresh in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2 Storage Spaces presents an alternative to traditional storage area network storage, and includes updates for virtualizing shared storage. Continue Reading


Storage management with Windows Server 2012 R2

New features in Windows Server 2012 R2, such as native tiering and deduplication, affect storage management. Continue Reading


Storage Spaces enhancements mean reduced capacity requirements

There are three new features in Windows Storage Spaces: storage tiering, write-back caching and dual parity. What do the additions mean? Better storage performance. Continue Reading


Improve performance with Storage QoS feature

The new Storage QoS feature in Windows Server 2012 R2 can mean improved storage performance and make the best use of capacity. Here's how. Continue Reading


Windows Storage Spaces give SSDs a boost

With its storage tiering, Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 R2 potentially works best with solid-state drives. Continue Reading

3Improving automation-

Desired State Configuration and PowerShell 4.0

In Windows Server 2012, Microsoft renewed its focus on PowerShell, introducing a slew of new cmdlets and making it simpler to use from a remoting standpoint. In Windows Server 2012 R2, the company stepped up its game, adding a host of new automation features.


PowerShell 4.0: All grown up

A mature PowerShell 4.0 in Windows Server 2012 R2 brings new parameters, simpler implementation and more. Continue Reading


What is Desired State Configuration, and how does it work in PowerShell 4.0?

The new Desired State Configuration feature in Windows Server 2012 R2 potentially gives admins yet another reason to learn PowerShell. Here's why. Continue Reading


Desired State Configuration improves Hyper-V agility

The latest Windows Server 2012 R2 features, including Desired State Configuration, improve Hyper-V's ease of use and allow greater flexibility. Continue Reading


Automated virtualization means easier management in Windows Server 2012 R2 with PowerShell

Put PowerShell cmdlets to work with Windows virtualization by automating setup, maintenance and configuration tasks in your organization. Continue Reading


Five easy perks when running Windows Server Remote Management

As Microsoft wants administrators to work with Windows servers off-site, there are some easy steps they can use for Windows Server 2012 Remote Management. Included: PowerShell's Remoting features. Continue Reading

4Hyper-V gets better-

Virtualization improvements in Windows Server 2012 R2

As more and more Windows administrators begin to consider Hyper-V their go-to virtualization platform, Microsoft is responding by adding more features with every Windows Server release.

Because it's baked into every release, it's a simpler way to get virtualization up and running in the data center. With features like Live Migration compression, which offers faster migration speeds, Windows Server 2012 R2 makes up a compelling offering for virtualization.


Take advantage of VM migration's speed, consistency

The Windows Server 2012 R2 release means faster and less disruptive virtual machine (VM) migrations in the data center. Continue Reading


Live Migration compression speeds up VM transfers

Live Migration compression, new in Windows Server 2012 R2, means smaller VM files are transferred more quickly between systems. What is the main benefit? Fewer resent or dropped packets. Continue Reading


Live Migration gets a boost from Remote Direct Memory Access

The RDMA feature can use high-throughput, low-latency data exchanges to improve Live Migration's performance in Windows Server 2012 R2. Continue Reading


What's new in the Windows Server 2012 R2 VHDX format

What is extended virtual hard disk, or VHDX)? It's a format that includes performance-enhancing features and capabilities that let virtual servers recover VMs with little to no data loss. Continue Reading


Windows Server data centers get boost from shared virtual disks

Shared virtual disks in Windows Server 2012 R2 now have capabilities to improve failover clusters in a few ways. Continue Reading

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