Plan for and deploy Windows Server 2012

Find key resources to help you install, deploy, secure, and manage the new Windows Server.


Editor's note: Going from why to how

The reviews are showing that Windows Server 2012 is packed with praiseworthy features and functionality. It is now time to focus on how to upgrade.


Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2012 (RTM Edition)

Based on the RTM version of Windows Server 2012, Mitch Tulloch has updated his very popular free ebook.


ZDNet: Windows Server 2012 RTM review

In this review, ZDNet looks at the future of the public and private clouds and the fuctionality of Windows Server 2012 to meet the challenges.


Try it for Yourself

Download Windows Server 2012 and try it in your own test environment

Windows Server 2012 evaluation software is available in Standard and Datacenter editions. Register for the 180-day free trial and access technical resources to assist in your testing. You can also try Windows Server 2012 on Windows Azure with no test hardware required.


How-to Guidance

Install and deploy Windows Server 2012

The TechNet Library contains several new and updated articles, including trelease notes and installation options. The following list includes some of the newer deployment and management articles:


Server Management and Automation

Understand the new capabilities for connecting to multiple machines through a single interface and automation to help improve compliance, increasing efficiency through automation and creating unified experiences across physical and virtual platforms.


Learn More

Windows Server 2012 course from Microsoft Virtual Academy

Microsoft Virtual Academy offers nine free Windows Server 2012 courses, from a Technical Overview to detailed modules on key capabilities such as Management and Automation, Identity and Access, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.


Windows Server 2012 IT Camps

IT Camps are expert-led, no cost, hands-on technical training events for IT professionals, providing deep technical insight into the features and functionalities of Windows Server 2012.

Windows Server 2012: The new era of IT

Windows Server 2012 is the software that brings to life the recent innovations in cloud computing, memory, storage, devices, and data, while improving management and efficiency.


Meet the new Windows Server platform

Windows Server 2012 is here, and the new features are plentiful in this new cloud-optimized platform.