Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate available now

Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate available now

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Great news!  We reached another important milestone on the road to the final release of the cloud optimized OS:  Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC) is available now for download and evaluation.  

If you haven’t yet started exploring the wide range of new features and capabilities, this new pre-release version is an ideal time to begin.  With nearly 300,000 downloads to date of the beta release, the excitement around this new Windows Server is unprecedented.   I encourage you to join the worldwide community of IT professional and developers who are already familiarizing themselves with Windows Server 2012 and gearing up take advantage of all it has to offer.   Thanks in advance for participating in this last opportunity to provide us with your feedback so we can deliver you the highest quality release.

I also encourage you to fully explore this blog, if you haven’t already.  It’s a great on ramp to the new Server, providing insights directly from the people who have built it, as well as links out a rich set of blogs and content across Microsoft digital properties.  Below I’ve provided a list of posts since the March 1 beta announcement. 

We look forward to showcasing Windows Server 2012 at our June TechEd events in Orlando and Amsterdam and at a Community Roadshow in a city near you.

Cheers,
Jeffrey

Windows Server 2012, PowerShell 3.0 and DevOps, Part 2…

Windows Server 2012, PowerShell 3.0 and DevOps, Part 1…

Announcing the Windows Server 2012 Community Roadshow

Introduction to Windows Server 2012 Dynamic Access Control

Improved Server Manageability through Customer Feedback: How the Customer Experience Improvement Program makes Windows Server 2012 a better product for IT Professionals

Windows Server 2012 Remote Desktop Services (RDS)

Introducing the Server and Cloud Partner and Customer Solutions Team Blog

Building Cloud Infrastructure with Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1

SMB 2.2 is now SMB 3.0

Introducing Windows Server “8” Hyper-V Network Virtualization: Enabling Rapid Migration and Workload Isolation in the Cloud

Windows Server “8” Beta: Hyper-V & Scale-up Virtual Machines Part 2…

Windows Server “8” Beta: Hyper-V & Scale-up Virtual Machines Part 1…

Standards-based Management in Windows Server “8”

Microsoft Online Backup Service

Building an Optimized Private Cloud using Windows Server “8” Server Core

Rocking the Windows Server “8” Administrative Experience

Where to Find Previous Windows Server “8” Posts

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  • Did they solve the storage pool bug ?

    bug in question is if you have a mixture of drives that you only will be able to add files till the smallest disk is full...

  • I started to install Windows Server 2012 RC on VM today.

    After successful configuration of a name, IP, restarting it.

    I've added ADDS Role and tried to provision a new forest with domain root and accidentally closed Server Manager after pushing finish button.

    After that I investigated that provisioning didn't happened and after trying to create a new forest and root domain there appeared an error that this domain name already exists.

    Even removing ADDS Role and re-adding it didn't helped.

    So I decided to reinstall Windows Server 2012 RC

    It's seems that provisioning was interrupted by simply closing Server manager.  believe that this is a bug so I just wanted to mention it here. I don't know where I could mention it - there is no Connect portal for Windows Server 2012.

    Thanks.

  • Great news. Already installed it in a test-vm. only one thing left for me: maybe it's only me, but I'm still struggling with the new UI. The color scheme of Servermanager is...well...it takes some time getting used to it. Especially the contrast is not the best. A grey font on white background is difficult to read. And I really miss color coding in all the log sections. Why can't there be red/yellow/blue colors like in event viewer? Metro is a nice thing, but I think this one got over the top...  Christian

  • A reply to sacretagent's question about mixing pool disks of differing capacities:

    With Storage Spaces, there are two factors to consider: flexibility to mix disks of different size and performance from striping across multiple disks.  The smaller you make your stripe, the fewer disks you involve in a stripe, the easier utilizing the capacity of disks of differing sizes is.  The larger you make your stripe, the more performance you offer to your applications.

    You can set the stripe size via the NumberOfColumns parameter of the New-VirtualDisk PowerShell command.  The NumberOfColumns parameter determines how many disks Storage Spaces involves in a stripe.  For simple and parity spaces, the number of disks selected for a stripe while rotating through the pool disks is equal to NumberOfColumns.  For mirror spaces, the number of disks selected is the product of NumberOfColumns and another parameter, NumberOfCopies.

    To optimize for mixing disks of differing sizes, as your post suggests you desire to do, you can set the minimum value for NumberOfColumns for each type of storage spaces.  The minimums are: 1 for simple spaces, 1 for mirror spaces, and 3 for parity spaces.

  • In reply to Mihail's comment...

    Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We did a bunch of work in Server Manager around background tasks and shutdown sequences, to avoid issues like the one you are describing. Server Manager will block shutdown (notify user) when background workflows are performing critical activities.

    I have passed your comment on to the appropriate teams to investigate further.

    Thanks.

  • Server Manager is crash when try to install IIS and ADDS role, is there anybody know this?

  • Can't find 2012 RC on Connect website, so, here it probably would be noticed.

    I observe the following bug:

    On one of my machines with Server 2012 RC, after each reboot any Storage Pool created disappears.

    The FSRM logs say the following:

    File Server Resource Manager Service error: Unexpected error.

    Error-specific details:

      Error: GetVolumeNameForVolumeMountPoint, 0x80070001, Incorrect function.

    And the disks remain locked and inaccessible - not visible in primordial pool nor can I delete the "storage spaces protection partition" from them.

    Initially, I worked around this by creating an empty 100mb partition at the begin of each disk, which temporarily stopped this from happening, but after some time they started to disappear again.

    Is this a known issue? I can't find anything related on the web(

  • Can't find 2012 RC on Connect website, so I'll try to post this here:

    I observe the following bug:

    On one of my machines with Server 2012 RC, after each reboot any Storage Pool created disappears.

    The FSRM logs say the following:

    File Server Resource Manager Service error: Unexpected error.

    Error-specific details:

      Error: GetVolumeNameForVolumeMountPoint, 0x80070001, Incorrect function.

    And the disks remain locked and inaccessible - not visible in primordial pool nor can I delete the "storage spaces protection partition" from them.

    Initially, I worked around this by creating an empty 100mb partition at the begin of each disk, which temporarily stopped this from happening, but after some time they started to disappear again.

    Is this a known issue? I can't find anything related on the web(

  • Is there anywhere official for us to provide feedback on it?

  • Are there any Windows server 2012 certified trainers in singapore available for free lance training assignments -This offer is only valid till end of august 2012

    pls write to me shaamel.pravam@gmail.com

  • Windows Server 2012 RC asks for a key to be installed, but I could not find a key anywhere in MSDN/Technet/Internet.

    There's a "products.ini" file inside ISO with many keys, but no one works.

    Could you help me, please??