Gentlemen, start your downloads! (Ladies, too!)
The previews for the “blue” wave of server products beat the estimated arrival dates (I thought we’d have to wait ‘til June 26th!) and became available late yesterday for TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Those products include:
- Windows Server 2012 R2, and
- System Center 2012 R2.
But, not only for subscribers! I have also learned that anyone can download them. Check out the “Cloud OS Evaluations” page at the TechNet Evaluation Center: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/dn205292?WT.mc_id=Blog_SC_TEE_CloudOS
And even better: You can kick the tires on Windows Server 2012 R2 by simply creating a virtual machine “in the cloud” in Windows Azure Infrastructure Services.
Get your FREE TRIAL of Windows Azure, and you’ll see that one of the machine images you can now easily build is called “Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview”:
Here are the evaluations. Click on these links for more details.
Windows Server Evaluations
- Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview for IT Professionals
- Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview on Windows Azure
- Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview for Developers
- Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview
System Center and Windows Intune Evaluations
- System Center 2012 R2 Preview Datacenter/Private Cloud
- System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager & Endpoint Protection Preview
- Windows Intune 30 Day Free Trial
SQL Server Evaluations
- SQL Server 2014 Community Technology Preview 1
- SQL Server 2014 Community Technology Preview 1 on Windows Azure