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Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 is the server version of Windows 8.1 and the successor to Windows Server 2012, offering a number of important innovations and optimizations compared to the previous version 2012 - especially in the area of virtualization, which is playing an increasingly important role.

Windows Server 2012 R2 is therefore characterized above all by innovations in Hyper-V and by the connection to the Windows Azure Cloud services. New services such as Windows Azure Services for Windows Server enable cloud-based virtual servers and local servers in corporate networks to be managed together and centrally controlled via a web portal.

Companies that make increasing use of these technologies will therefore particularly benefit from an upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2. In addition, the cooperation between Windows Server and System Center and Windows has also been intensified.

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Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 is the server version of Windows 8.1 and the successor to Windows Server 2012, offering a number of important innovations and optimizations compared to the previous version 2012 - especially in the area of virtualization, which is playing an increasingly important role.

Windows Server 2012 R2 is therefore characterized above all by innovations in Hyper-V and by the connection to the Windows Azure Cloud services. New services such as Windows Azure Services for Windows Server enable cloud-based virtual servers and local servers in corporate networks to be managed together and centrally controlled via a web portal.

Companies that make increasing use of these technologies will therefore particularly benefit from an upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2. In addition, the cooperation between Windows Server and System Center and Windows has also been intensified.

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Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Editions Datacenter and Standard at Wiresoft

Both the Edition Standard as well as the Edition Datacenter for Windows Server 2012 R2 are available from Wiresoft. They differ mainly in the different levels of virtualization they offer users; they are the same in terms of the features that version 2012 R2 offers as such.

The Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition is primarily designed for customers who either do not use virtualization at all, or only run a few virtual machines.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Edition, on the other hand, includes all the features necessary for a virtualized private cloud environment. This makes it possible to run any number of virtual machines in the Hyper-V role on the Windows server in use.

The most important innovations of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 at a glance

The new server operating system Windows Server 2012 Standard R2 offers numerous improvements and functions in the areas of networking, storage and management, and especially in virtualization, web and application platforms; in addition to improved access and information protection - including a virtual desktop infrastructure.

In Windows Server 2012 R2, the proven server feature IP Address Management (IPAM) also supports virtual environments and works even more efficiently with System Center 2012 R2.

With Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, you get a reliable, efficient server system with many optimizations and new features and programs:

  • Modern user interface, optimized for touchscreens
  • Microsoft Windows Azure for backup in the Azure cloud
  • PowerShell 3.0 for effective management of system settings
  • New task manager offers more performance through optimized processes
  • IIS (Internet Information Service 8.0) with Extended Validation certificate management
  • SMB 3.0 allows even faster and better access to file shares

The following features of the Windows Server 2012 R2 version are explained in detail:

Higher virtualization level with Hyper-V

Windows Server 2012 R2 is even more cloud-oriented than its predecessors. The most important and also most of the innovations that Windows Server 2012 R2 offers compared to the previous version are included in Hyper-V. In particular, the access to virtual servers based on RDP has been improved, so that the efficiency of VM Connect has been significantly optimized. Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) sessions run in Windows Server 2012 R2 via the host, so a direct RDP connection to the virtual server is no longer necessary. A virtual server can thus be activated automatically and faster and thus work even more efficiently.

Another important addition to System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 is support for Windows Server 2012 R2 and Hyper-V Server 2012 R2. Both systems can be operated in parallel in the System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 and thus virtual servers can be moved between network and cloud. Thus, a server can be backed up to the cloud via the Windows Azure online backup, while Hyper-V works together with Windows Azure virtual machines.

Hyper-V works closely with the new Hyper-V Recovery Manager. This now enables cloud-based replication or backup of virtual servers based on Hyper-V (Hyper-V replica) or Windows Azure virtual machines: it also allows replication to a third host compared to Windows Server 2012 with only two hosts.

VMs Generation 2

The Windows Server 2012 R2 version of virtual machines - also known as VMs Generation 2 by Microsoft - supports the new UEFI BIOS standard and the integrated Secure Boot function. And with the Storage Quality of Service function, administrators can now control not only network bandwidth but also data throughput for virtual servers.

Support for Linux as a virtual server has also been improved, so that dynamic memory can also be used in Linux clients.

With VM Connect, files can now be copied and moved by drag and drop. In Windows Server 2012 R2, virtual hard disks (VHDX) can be enlarged or reduced during operation; virtual servers can also share a virtual hard disk.

Likewise, moving and copying virtual servers between Hyper-V hosts with Live Migration is possible while the system is running at a much higher speed. This feature has been optimized in Windows Server 2012 R2 also for 10 Gigabit/s networks and offers with Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) the possibility to move memory data very fast between the hosts, it also supports their efficient compression.

Work Folders in Windows Server 2012 R2 with Windows 8.1

Of course,Windows Server 2012 R2 works with Windows 8.1. This makes it possible with Work Folders to work together with Windows Server 2012 R2 and exchange data via the cloud. The transfer to the Work Folders is encrypted to protect sensitive data from unauthorized access by third parties.

Data deduplication on virtual hard disks

With Windows Server 2012 R2, data deduplication not only allows duplicate files to be found and eliminated on file servers, but also on virtual hard disks. This can save a lot of space on Hyper-V hosts.

SSD and SATA disks are combined into Storage Spaces

Windows Server 2012 R2 storage pools allow traditional hard drives and SSDs to be connected and shared, significantly accelerating file server performance. The server analyses the stored data and places the more frequently used data on the faster storage media.

Improved data management and access control

In Microsoft Server 2012 R2, the NTFS file system has been supplemented by the new ReFS (Resilient File System). It is designed exclusively for storing data on servers to maximize data availability, effectively scale large datasets, and at the same time ensure data integrity through resilience to damage.

With Dynamic Access Control, access to data is controlled with the help of metadata. The new feature complements Active Directory security lines and protects data by preventing unauthorized access while it is being moved.

System requirements for Windows Server 2012 R2

The following minimum requirements are necessary for the secure and trouble-free operation of Windows Server 2012 R2. Actual requirements also depend on the system configuration and other installed applications:

Platform: Windows

Processor: at least 1.4 GHz processor with 64 bit

RAM: at least 512 MB

Hard disk space: at least 32 GB

The licensing model for Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2 licensing is calculated based on the number of processors on the physical server where the operating system is deployed, including virtual. A single license always covers 2 physical processors. It is licensed per physical virtualization host. Each license for the Windows Server 2012 R2 editions Datacenter and Standard is only available as 2-processor package, one license covers 2 processors on one server.

Splitting licenses on several servers is therefore not possible, nor is the assignment of a license to a virtual machine allowed. The previous licensing model per processor is only valid until Windows Server 2012 R2. Licenses for each higher version are now calculated on a core-based model. The two Windows Server 2012 R2 editions Standard and Datacenter differ in virtualization rights as follows:

Licensing of Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition

One Standard Edition license includes virtualization rights for 2 virtual machines. This corresponds to the usual needs of smaller companies in particular, which require either no virtualization at all or only little virtualization. The number of rights can be increased by purchasing additional Standard Editions. For example, with three Server 2012 R2 Standard Editions you can correctly license a server with 2 processors and 6 virtual machines (VMs).

Licensing of Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Edition

With the Datacenter Edition this restriction does not apply to 2 VMs. With the purchase of a Datacenter Edition, an unlimited number of virtual machines can theoretically run on the licensed server, depending on the performance of the hardware used. It is therefore the right solution for companies and organizations that run a high degree of virtualization or use a hybrid cloud environment.

Which edition of Windows Server 2012 R2 is best suited in each individual case depends - to put it simply - on the number of virtual servers that a user wants to operate.

In addition to the server license for the two editions Standard and Datacenter, users also require CALs (client access licenses) - user-based or device-based - which you can also obtain at Wiresoft at a reasonable price.

BuyWindows Server 2012 R2 editions cheap at Wiresoft

The Windows Server 2012 R2 Editions Standard and Datacenter you can get cheaply at Wiresoft. Depending on whether you want to supplement your Windows Server 2012 R2 licenses or license your servers with one of the two editions, Wiresoft offers you unused licenses from European companies, which are purchased legally - at an unbeatable price!

When purchasing Windows Server 2012 R2 licenses from Wiresoft, you will only receive original licenses that have been thoroughly checked by Wiresoft for authenticity and perfect functionality. Many satisfied Wiresoft customers confirm the price advantage with Wiresoft Microsoft licenses. Please contact us if you have any questions about your licensing needs for the Windows Server Editions 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter:

 

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