Your Guide to the Latest Windows Server Product Information
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!
Kevin Are you aware of the Windows Server End-Of-Sales Policy?
@Kevin: "Major Heartburn" is probably an exaggeration. I just find it peculiar that the server OS lags behind the client OS by 3 weeks. And it makes the Windows 8 RTM less useful.
Side issue. I can see that the situation is the same for MS Partner Network members: Win8 is there, but no Server. Is Sept 4th also the date for Partners? We are an ISV Silver Partner and would like to get started on certifying or software on new OS'es.
I think the 'heartburn' level went up because we were all waiting patiently for the release on the 15th as promised. I'm not sure how the incorrect date got published or whether MS pulled it at the last minute for some reason. Either way it seems that a better plan or more clear info could have been provided for a flagship platform release...
Why are the MSDN / Technet subscribers not getting access to Windows Server 2012 before GA? I mean we should be getting it before some random person can purchase it off of Amazon! Please guys put the bits up on MSDN / Technet before GA!
i am desperately waiting for the new release of server 2012 and to explore its new features . capabilities...
These days we have short implementation timelines. Everyone believes in magic. A three week delay in availability is a big deal. Please release the server bits before GA.
The 'delay' is causing major heartburn for me!
@Kevin - The late availability of Windows Server 2012 is definately impacting our testing and migration planning. Is there any chance you can review the dates and make Windows Server 2012 available sooner?
So I think this is kind of comical. How can you stop selling the licenses for 2008 at the end of Aug and not have 2012 even available to anyone until Sept 4th? Ideally there should be some over lap for transition.
I agree with Steve. It is hard enough to evaluate and plan these upgrades without getting incorrect information from Microsoft.
That's ridiculous. TechNet subscribers get the RTM bits the same day as the public? How can we as consultants be expected to know all about the performance and capabilities if we have no window to test it in before GA?? Please reconsider this decision.
Posted on 8/15/2012:
"As for Windows Server 2012, RC remains the only download available on TechNet; it will likely be available to Volume licensing customers this week," the Microsoft spokesperson explained."
Heartburn +1 as others have stated it seems somewhat daft that client is available but MSDN/Technet access for Server is delayed until GA. Would appreciate you taking back this feedback to the 'powers that be' Cheers
OK, things are getting more and more obvious here.
Microsoft told us, that Server 2012 reached RTM 3 weeks ago, but up to now no one has seen a proof of that.
Partners all around the world are asking MS to offer the final bits to test their software, scripts whatsoever against the RTM version, but nothing happens and no MS representative is able to provide a reason for that.
Seeing these facts leads to the conlusion that there must be a major issue with Server 2012 and that MS needs time to fix it until September. I can see no other reason to hold the "RTM" back.
Waiting until GA really hurts. It's a loss of three weeks of anticipated productivity. It is unrealistic to use the RC to begin building a test environment since it can't be updated with the RTM version, or can it?