Admins can now get their hands on the final versions Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2.
Just over a year after Windows Server 2012 became generally available for administrators, it’s hard to call the R2 version greatly-anticipated. Microsoft is continuing its speedier pace of releases by offering new versions in an 18-month span.
There is an update available upon installing the final build of Windows Server 2012 R2. Microsoft describes the update as “finishing touch improvements” for performance. Specifically, Hyper-V has general virtualization reliability improvements, and the file server gets fixes for failover clustering and deduplication. It also stabilizes the boot up process.
Windows 8.1 is also available as a free update to Windows 8. It receives day-one fixes for issues with graphics and bundled-in applications.
Windows Server 2012 R2 is also available as a virtual machine for Windows Azure customers.