Windows Server 2012 Editions

Licensing Overview

Windows Server 2012 delivers a dramatically simplified licensing experience. Shaped by feedback from customers and partners, the new Windows Server licensing approach will help make choosing the right Windows Server easier while delivering the following benefits.


It’s easier than ever to determine the right Windows Server edition for you. Choose from just four editions of Windows Server 2012, based on the size of your organization and your requirements for virtualization and cloud computing.


All editions of Windows Server 2012 deliver excellent economics and ROI for your business. For example, Datacenter edition with unlimited virtualization rights provides the benefits of cloud-level scale with predictable, lower costs. Standard edition now offers all of the same enterprise-class features as Datacenter and is differentiated only by virtualization rights.


Businesses today are rapidly adopting a hybrid approach across private and public cloud computing. Windows Server 2012 offers the right edition for you, no matter where you are on your path to the cloud; Datacenter edition for highly virtualized cloud environments, Standard edition for lightly virtualized environments progressing toward cloud, or Essentials edition for an ideal cloud-connected first server.

Interpreting Replication Health

In Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate, Hyper-V administrators can monitor the ‘health’ of the replicating VMs using the Replication Health attribute. This property allows administrators to answer common questions such as:

  • When did the primary and replica VMs last synchronize?
  • What is the average size of the replica file?
  • Were there any errors encountered during replication which requires your attention? etc.

The two-part FAQ post explains the concept of Replication Health and provides guidance on how to interpret the attribute values.

Part 1

Part 2

Unexpected error refreshing server manager on 2008 R2 server

Hi guys,

I just installed a clean and new W2K8 R2 server and one of the first errors i got after installing a couple (43) Windows patches was this one:

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Windows Server Core configurator

At first look, developing a GUI utility for configuration of Windows Server Core might sound quite absurd. Alas, the whole point of Server Core is a cut down version of Server OS without the overhead of GUI and having some GUI tool to help you configure it would be like walking backwards.

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Validate OS Install Option test may identify Server 2K8 R2 Server Core installation type incorrectly in Win7 or Server 2K8 R2

Microsoft ISCSI software target 3.3

A couple of years ago Microsoft acquired a company called “String Bean Software” which was IMHO a simple but great iSCSI Target solution, and it it was incorporated into the StorageServer product.

Today Microsoft launched the iSCSI Software target 3.3 for public download. This is absolutely great, now we have the possibility to create (Hyper-V) clusters on shared storage!

It can be downloaded from the Microsoft download site:

More Information About RemoteFX on Hyper-V R2 SP1

Calista Technologies was acquired by Microsoft in January 2008. The technology was soon after merged and renamed RemoteFX. Now, with Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 (SP1), it introduces a set of end-user experience enhancements for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) that enable a rich desktop environment within the corporate network.RemoteFX describes a set of RDP technologies – most prominently graphics virtualization and the use of advanced codes – that are being added to Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1. These technologies are based on the IP that Microsoft acquired and continued to develop since acquiring Calista Technologies. Continue reading “More Information About RemoteFX on Hyper-V R2 SP1”

Time to take checkdisk

Hi guys,

Through twitter i received a tweet about a new whitepaper providing guidance for sizing NTFS volumes. In this article there was a nice passage about the time it takes for checkdisk to check a volume. Here’s the passage: Continue reading “Time to take checkdisk”

SP1 Diskspace requirements

Hi guys,

Here is the overview of the diskspace requirements for the new service pack for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Disk space requirements

Make sure you have enough free disk space to install SP1 (even though much of that space will be reclaimed after the installation). If you need to create free disk space, go to Strategies for freeing disk space on the Windows website. Continue reading “SP1 Diskspace requirements”

Deployment Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 and Windows 7 with SP1

This guide is for IT administrators who are deploying Windows Server® 2008 R2 or Windows® 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1). This document includes technical information, procedures, and recommendations for installing SP1 in a business or corporate environment. Although this guide includes some basic operating system information, we assume that you already have a working knowledge of Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows 7, and update installations. Continue reading “Deployment Guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 and Windows 7 with SP1”