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Plan your Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2 End of Support 

Customers trust Windows Server to run their business-critical and mission-critical workloads. With feedback from customers, we are continuing to introduce new innovations for Windows Server workloads on Azure, on-premises, and at the edge. Recently, we announced Windows Server 2022 preview, which introduces advanced multi-layer security, hybrid capabilities, and enhancements to modernize applications with containers. Likewise,...Read more

August updates for Windows Server 2012 R2 

In today’s Windows Experience blog, we communicated our intent to deliver regular improvements to Windows in order to address feedback quickly while continuing to bring you an enterprise-class platform.  We also provided a heads up that the next update for Windows happens on August 12.  On August 12, we will also release an update to Windows...Read more

Windows Server 2012 R2 Update: Availability of WSUS fix and revised servicing timing 

Following our announcement from last week, we have now released the fix through Windows Update for the issue with Windows Server 2012 R2 Update communicating with WSUS 3.2 servers in certain non-default configurations. For servers that have already installed the update, Windows Update will re-offer the complete update, but it will only install the fix. Please read KB2959977...Read more

Updated Volume License Media Available Today for Windows Server 2012 R2 Update 

Following our announcement from last week, we’ve now released the media for Windows Server 2012 R2 Update on the Volume License Service Center (VLSC) today. Additionally, we wanted to create awareness of an issue with the Windows Server 2012 R2 Update VSLC/MSDN media that manifests under very specific configuration settings.  Most of you should see no impact whatsoever.  For the...Read more

Announcing the General Availability of Windows Server 2012 R2: The Heart of Cloud OS 

For years now, Microsoft has been building and operating some of the largest cloud applications in the world. The expertise culled from these experiences along with our established history of delivering market-leading enterprise operating systems, platforms, and applications has led us to develop a new approach for the modern era: the Microsoft Cloud OS. The...Read more

Attention TechNet and MSDN Subscribers: Windows Server 2012 R2 available for download today 

Hi, all, If you’re a TechNet or MSDN subscriber, I have good news for you: in response to your requests, Windows Server 2012 R2 (and Windows 8.1) will be available from TechNet and MSDN today. Because we will continue to evaluate the bits with our partners and MVPs, there may be additional changes between today’s release and GA. The previously...Read more

Windows Server 2012 RTM Now Available for MSDN and TechNet Subscribers 

You asked, we delivered.  As announced on Steve Guggenheimer’s blog, and Microsoft VP Brad Anderson’s blog post, “Ready Now for TNS & MSDN:  Download Windows Server 2012 R2”, the Released to Manufacturing (RTM) bits for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 are now available for download to current MSDN and TechNet subscribers. For those of...Read more

Windows Server 2012 R2 Available October 18th 

Today we are pleased to make several important announcements. We are extremely excited that on October 18th, eligible customers will able to download Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and use the latest update to Windows Intune.  Also on October 18th, Windows 8.1 will be available to consumers and businesses worldwide. To find...Read more