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http://blogs.technet.com/b/in_the_cloud/archive/2013/08/14/mark-your-calendars-for-oct-18-the-r2-wave-is-coming.aspx

 

Mark Your Calendars for Oct. 18: The R2 Wave is Coming!


 
 

As some of you may have already noticed, earlier this morning Microsoft announced that Windows 8.1 will be available to consumers and businesses worldwide on October 18, 2013

But before you start your 8.1 party (with a DJ in a data center, 

), there’s even more good news: 

I'm excited to announce that, on the same day, eligible customers will be able to download Windows Server 2012 R2 andSystem Center 2012 R2, as well as the latest update to Windows Intune!  We’ll make evaluation versions available through the TechNet Evaluation Center, and these products will be available for new purchases when they hit the price list on November 1st.

Is it a coincidence that this will be 501st anniversary of Michelangelo exhibiting the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel for the first time?  If you love great works of art, then it’s up to you to decide.

Just a few weeks ago I wrote about the common planning efforts and engineering milestones we shared during the development of this R2 wave – and seeing these products and services become generally available on the same day (with all their integrated scenarios!) is the ultimate benefit!

I encourage you to keep learning about the 2012 R2 releases via our “What’s New in 2012 R2” series on this blog, and also download the preview bits if you haven’t already done it.

http://blogs.technet.com/b/in_the_cloud/archive/2013/08/14/mark-your-calendars-for-oct-18-the-r2-wave-is-coming.aspx

 

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I saw this on facebook this morning, good news to actually have a date. I'm holding off swapping over to server 2012 at a few work sites as i'd rather just jump straight to r2. Good to finally have a date!

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The more important question is will there be an upgrade path from 2012 to 2012R2? Or will you have to do a clean install?

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Ikon, do you recall whether 2008 could be upgraded to 2008 R2? I didn't have a home server at the time and can't find a definitive answer online.

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I'm pretty sure it can't be.

 

Migrated, definitely. Upgraded.... MSFT isn't known for their easy to upgrade Server OS path... In fact, I'm pretty sure it's non-existent.

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The more important question is will there be an upgrade path from 2012 to 2012R2? Or will you have to do a clean install?

Based on the latest from the podcast and SBS diva, no upgrade path.

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