Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Datacenter (64-bit) 5 user DVD , 2CPU
Windows Server 2012
Windows Server 2012, codenamed "Windows Server 8", is the sixth release of Windows Server. It is the server version
of Windows 8 and succeeds Windows Server 2008 R2. Two pre-release
versions, a developer preview and a beta version, were released
during development. The software was generally available to
customers starting on September 4, 2012.
Unlike its predecessor, Windows Server 2012 has no support for
Itanium-based computers, and has four editions. Various features were added or improved
over Windows Server 2008 R2 (with many placing an emphasis on cloud
computing), such as an updated version of Hyper-V, an IP address
management role, a new version of Windows Task Manager, and ReFS, a
new file system. Windows Server 2012 received generally good
reviews in spite of having included the same controversial
Metro-based user interface seen in Windows 8.
The successor to Windows Server 2012, called Windows Server 2012
R2, was released along with Windows 8.1 in October 2013. A service
pack, formally designated Windows Server 2012 R2 Update, was
released in April 2014.
Windows Server 2012, codenamed "Windows Server 8", is the sixth release of Windows Server family of operating systems
developed concurrently with Windows 8. It was not until April 17, 2012 that the company announced that
the final product name would be "Windows Server 2012".
Microsoft introduced Windows Server 2012 and its developer preview
in the BUILD 2011 conference on September 9, 2011.However, unlike Windows 8, the developer preview of Windows Server
2012 was only made available to MSDN subscribers. It included a graphical user interface (GUI) based on Metro design
language and a new Server Manager, a graphical application used for
server management. On February 16, 2012, Microsoft released an update for developer
preview build that extended its expiry date from April 8, 2012 to
January 15, 2013.
Before Windows Server 2012 was finalized, two test builds were made
public. A public beta version of Windows Server 2012 was released
along with the Windows 8 Consumer Preview on February 29, 2012. The release candidate of Windows Server 2012 was released on May
31, 2012, along with the Windows 8 Release Preview.
The product was released to manufacturing on August 1, 2012 and
became generally available on September 4, 2012. However, not all editions of Windows Server 2012 were released at
the same time. Windows Server 2012 Essentials was released to
manufacturing on October 9, 2012 and was made generally available on November 1, 2012. As of September 23, 2012, all students subscribed to DreamSpark
program can download Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter
free of charge.
Minimum system requirements for Windows Server 2012
|Processor||1.4 GHz, x64|
|Free disk space||32 GB (more if there is at least 16 GB of RAM)|