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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”:

Get your free Windows Azure trial

 

Here are the evaluations.  Click on these links for more details.

Windows Server Evaluations

System Center and Windows Intune Evaluations

SQL Server Evaluations

Windows Azure Evaluation

Windows Azure Pack