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Howdy! Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for. I’m proud to announce that Windows Server 2012 has been released to manufacturing. That means the final code is complete and we are delivering it to our hardware and software vendor partners this week. We will also make the software available to our volume licensing customers in the next couple of weeks.
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. On that day we will also host an online launch event where our executives, engineers, customers and partners will share more about how Windows Server 2012 can help organizations of all sizes realize the benefits of what we call the Cloud OS. You will be able to learn more about the features and capabilities and connect with experts and peers. You’ll also be able to collect points along the way for the chance to win some amazing prizes. You don’t want to miss it. Visit this site to save the date for the launch event.
On behalf of the Windows Server engineering team, I can tell you it has been a thrill and honor for us to deliver this product. Most importantly, we thank the many thousands of you who have provided your input and guidance throughout the process of designing and building it. So far the hands-on feedback on the product from you, industry analysts and press has been phenomenally positive. I attribute that to the fact that, from the outset, we committed ourselves to building Windows Server 2012 around the needs and goals of our customers and partners. It feels great to ship software that so squarely addresses customer objectives, both in the here and now and in the future. Cheers!
when will Windows Server 2012 Essentials be available ? also sept 4 ?
This is indeed a NEWS !
I really liked the new features of WS 2012 except Metro UI and missing or cluttered start menu items of RC.
I hope, concerns discussed in technet forum thread is addressed RTM edition
preview of VMM 2012 SP1 was out on technet a few months ago. If you can grab that it will manage Hyper-V 3.0.
That is a great news. Congratulation to Windows team
So will MS ever tell us old technical beta testers what happened to the technical beta program and why we were left in the dust without so much as an explanation as to what happened to it?
Its good to know that Windows server 2012 will be available in couple of days.
When will lifecycle information be made available?
This would be most essential for long term recommendations and decisions, since 2008r2 support (normal not extended) ends 2013.
Obviously the guess is 2012 Q3 - 2016 Q3 or so, but facts would be needed.
yay! Can you guys explain why, after de-duplicating on a file server (the file server is a hyper-v GUEST) - and shrinking 350 GB of data down to roughly 200 GB, the VHDX file can only be shrunk down to 275 GB? The disk itself is reporting only 200 GB used, but the vhdx won't optimize down any further than 275 GB...
can't wait for the cert exams and the entire office 2013 suite to go with the private cloud infrastructure components as well. that said, after i certify on this, i'll not have to worry about lifecyle and should be able to retire on win2012 expiration. it's time after that to pass the baton.
Did you try running optimize-volume within the dedup'ed volumes prior to compacting the VHDX to reduce its size? This will allow block sizes unmaps to flow down from the guest volume to the VHDX allowing it to be used during compaction. You could also achieve the same by running optimize-vhd -Full ( after attaching the VHDX on the host in read-only mode).
Hope that helps..
Ive just recently started utilising windows 2008 server R2 but now can't wait to see the benefits of the 2012 version. I'm excited.
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Can there be change between RTM and final GA build?
I was going through the 2012 RC Hyper-V technical whitepaper. Outstandingly written document. I'm fairly excited about the new 2012 capabilities and I'm sure that Hyper-V 2012 will make competitors run for cover.
Great job folks.