Today is big day for the next generation of Microsoft Servers, Windows Server 2012 is released to manufacturing!  You can read the full announcement: Windows Server 2012 released to manufacturing!  Also get out your calendars and free up some time on September 4. That’s when Windows Server 2012 will be generally available for evaluation and purchase by all customers around the world.  Happy RTM day!

Just a quick note, there are two main versions that most of you will be using:

  • Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition

From a technical standpoint, these editions are the same. All features that are available in the Datacenter edition are also available in the Standard edition. The only difference between the two editions is virtualization rights. Windows Server Standard Edition includes two instances of Windows Server while Windows Server Datacenter Edition includes unlimited instances of Windows Server.