Early Ponderings on Windows Server 2012 R2
Windows Server 2012 R2 was made generally available a few weeks ago. This is an initial survey of some highlights, with some links to content you can read as you take your first steps to learn about the new functionality.
19 Nov 2013
What's New in Windows Server 2012 R2
Want the official list of every changed technology area in Windows Server 2012 R2? This is a good place to start--with links to more information about each and every new feature.
2012 R2 Launch Series: Why Windows Server 2012 R2 Rocks!
If Windows Server 2012 R2 didn't speak for itself, then Dan Stolts' enthusiastic recommendation would be reason enough to get started. His top ten newish features prove a great launchpad for potential areas of focus.
Windows Server 2012 R2: The Heart of Cloud OS
This official Microsoft blog post is the perfect place to start. This last sentence perfectly sums up the technologies detailed in the post: "At the heart of Cloud OS is Windows Server 2012 R2, which delivers upon the promises of a modern datacenter, modern applications, and people-centric IT. Whether you are an enterprise building out your own private cloud environment or a service provider offering large-scale cloud services, Windows Server 2012 R2 offers an enterprise-class, simple and cost-effective solution that’s application-focused and user centric."
What’s New in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2
I recommend delving into virtualization as this is one of the key new and improved areas in Windows Server 2012 R2. In particular, you might want to focus on the new Hyper-V Replica features (which let you quickly set up disaster recovery) and virtual networking.
Storage and File Services Powershell Cmdlets Quick Reference Card For Windows Server 2012 R2
This quick reference card for PowerShell cmdlets for File and Storage is particularly useful. As Roiy explains in this short blog post, you can use this card to easily navigate to the relevant cmdlet.
Windows Server 2012 (Wikipedia)
This Wikipedia article needs updating. So think of this as a call to action--go add some info yourself about Windows Server 2012 R2!