Download Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview

Microsoft has made available for download the Preview version of Windows Server 2012 R2. Windows Server 2012 R2 offers exciting new features and enhancements across virtualization, storage, networking, virtual desktop infrastructure, access and information protection, and more.

Overview
Windows Server 2012 R2 provides a wide range of new and enhanced features and capabilities spanning server virtualization, storage, software-defined networking, server management and automation, web and application platform, access and information protection, virtual desktop infrastructure, and more. More information about Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview available in the product details page.


Download Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview
The Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview is available in Datacenter editions. The links in this section correspond to files available for this download. Download the files appropriate for you.

Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview for IT Professionals:
Technet Evaluation Center - Download Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview for IT Professionals

Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview for Developers:
MSDN Evaluation Center - Download Windows Server 2012 R2 Developers Preview

Languages
ISO available in: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish.
VHD available in: English

Notes:
1. Registration Required: You must register with Microsoft account (Hotmail, Messenger, SkyDrive, Windows Phone, Xbox LIVE or Outlook.com) to receive this download.
2. Evaluation expires January 15, 2014.

Product Keys
Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview now supports two types of activation:

Datacenter Product Key: JGXYY-7NMTC-MHKY3-QCC9B-VQRG7
Automatic Virtual Machine Activation (AVMA) Key for Datacenter Server: XVNRV-9HTX4-TH2JD-HVJQD-QRQWG

This AVMA key enables license activation for virtual machines based on the license state of the virtualization server (please see this whitepaper for more information).

Edition
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Preview ISO
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Preview VHD (Server Core)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Preview VHD (Server with a GUI)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Preview on Windows Azure

System requirements
  • Processor: 1.4 GHz 64-bit processor (minimum)
  • Memory: 512 MB (minimum)
  • Disk: 32 GB disk space.
  • Computers with more than 16 GB of RAM will require more disk space for paging, hibernation, and dump files.
  • Gigabit (10/100/1000baseT) Ethernet adapter.
  • DVD drive (if you intend to install the operating system from DVD media)
  • Other requirements: Super VGA (1024 x 768) or higher-resolution monitor, Keyboard and mouse (or other compatible pointing device), Internet access (fees may apply)

References:
Windows Server Development
Server and Cloud Platform

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