Looking for Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2?
Server 2012 is the original release while Server 2012 R2 is the second release. Click Here to view Server 2012 Standard R2
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Windows Server 2012 captures the experience Microsoft has gained from building and operating public clouds to deliver a highly dynamic, available, and cost-effective server platform for your datacenter and your private cloud. It offers businesses and hosting providers a scalable, dynamic, and multitenant-aware cloud infrastructure that connects more securely across premises and allows IT to respond to business needs faster and more efficiently. Whether you are an enterprise, a small or medium-sized business, or a hosting provider, Windows Server 2012 will help you cloud optimize your IT environment.
Choose the Windows Server 2012
Edition That's Right For You
- Windows Server 2012 Essentials: For small to medium
businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices.
- Windows Server 2012 Standard: For small to medium sized businesses that have minimal virtualization.
- Windows Server 2012 Datacenter: For larger environments that are highly virtualized.
What is the difference between Server 2012 and Server 2012 R2?
Server 2012 is the original release while Server 2012 R2 is the second release. R2 has additional features, updates, and security patches. Some of the key new features of Server 2012 R2 are Storage Tiering, Storage Pinning, Desired State Configuration, and Work folders. Click Here to view Server 2012 Standard R2
Upgrade vs Clean Install When Installing Server 2012 Standard
You may be able to upgrade to Server Standard 2012 If one of the following are currently installed:
- Windows Web Server 2008
- Windows Web Server 2008 R2
- Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard with SP1
- Windows Server 2008 Standard with SP2
- Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise with SP1
- Windows Server 2008 Enterprise with SP2
Otherwise you will need to do a clean install which requires you to format your hard drive. Generally you will get better performance when doing a clean install but you will loose all your data.