Microsoft has released the public preview of Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials. Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials is Microsoft’s “first server” solution.
Included in Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials are:
- Backup of client computers
- Support for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 File History
- Support for Storage Spaces
- Remote Web access to files, folders, and computers
- Remote Domain Join
- New Modern-style app for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 for accessing files and folders stored on the server
- Integration with Office 365 or on-premise Microsoft Exchange
- Improved dashboard
- and more!
To download the preview of Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, go to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dn205288.aspx
For additional resources go to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dn205289
Tonight Microsoft has made available the public preview release of Windows Server 2012 R2. With this release, Microsoft is laying out its vision for what it calls the Cloud OS.
The Cloud OS is the platform that Microsoft is building with the release of Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, SQL Server 2014 and Windows Azure. The four key tenets of the Cloud OS are:
- Transform the Datacenter
- Enable modern business applications
- Empower people-centric IT
- Unlock insights on any data
New to Windows Server 2012 R2 are such features as:
- Storage Tiering within Storage Spaces
- Software-defined networking
- Virtual IP Address management
- Windows Powershell 4.0
- Windows Server Essentials Experience
To get started with the Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview, go to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dn205286.aspx
Looks like Samsung has released a new BIOS update for the Samsung Series 7 Slate.
New version is 10FW.
Download from Samsung
Today, Microsoft have released the Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 release candidate (or Release Preview) builds to the public for testing and feedback.
I’ve compiled a list of the downloads that Microsoft has made available. If anyone has anything to add, leave a comment and I’ll add it to the list.
Windows 8 Release Preview – http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/release-preview
Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate – http://www.tomontech.com/2012/05/windows-server-2012-release-candidate-now-available/
Windows Assessement and Deployment Kit – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=29929
Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 – http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=28972
In case you missed this as I did, Intel have released an updated beta HD Graphics Driver for use with Windows 8.
I installed this on my Samsung Series 7 slate and many of the graphics related glitches I saw have gone away.
These drivers may come in handy soon as the release of the Windows 8 Release Preview is happening soon. Its possible that the Release Preview build has even newer drivers in the build than these, but it is unlikely.
32-bit download – http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=21235&lang=eng
64-bit download – http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=21180&lang=eng
Today, Samsung have released drivers and guidance for installing Windows 8 Consumer Preview on their Series 7 Slate.
Included are firmware and driver update directions, system backup dirextions, an updated driver for the rotation sensor, and updated firmware for the touch screen.
All information can be found at http://www.samsung.com/global/windowspreview/