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As they dig into Windows Server 2012 R2, the Windows Server MVPs have highlighted many of the key details of the upcoming release; take a look at the links below for details. If you haven’t yet tried it out, you can download evaluations from the evaluation center here. Faced with the Douglas Adams problem (“Windows Server 2012 R2 is big. Really big. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to Windows Server 2012 R2!”) and aren’t sure where to begin? Here’s some highlights of R2 to test.
Want to try out roles on a lot of servers at once? Check out these MVP tips on how to use PowerShell to deploy the roles and install prerequisites. And I'd be remisss if I didn't mention Desired State Configuration to set and maintain a server’s configuration.
Finally, be sure to read Powershell MVP Don Jones’ take on the shorter release cycle and the importance of user feedback. Try out Windows Server 2012 R2 by downloading the eval from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dn205292.aspx, and please be sure to register your feedback on Connect as Don recommends.
Jorge de Almeida Pinto
Roberto di Lello
Didier Van Hoye