Windows Server 2012 Standard, Download
Windows Server Standard 2012 is the successor to Windows Server 2008 R2. As a server version for the Windows 8 operating system, Windows 2012 Server Standard offers you the latest features. This includes the innovative user interface of Windows 8, numerous new features and programs as well as typical server functions in high performance execution.
An all-rounder in the field of server management
Windows Server Standard 2012 offers you a reliable server operating system with a modern user interface, new features and many other optimizations. The Modern user interface interface, which is known from the Windows 8 operating system, is also used in Windows 2012 Server Standard, which optimizes touchscreen operation. If you want to do without the modern user interface, the so-called core installation is the best option. This completely eliminates a graphical user interface and lets you configure the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Standard operating system using PowerShell and Windows Command Prompt. With Windows Server Standard 2012, the core installation is set by default and thus offers you more performance for applications. This is especially true when using SQL Server or Hyper-V.
In addition to visual optimization, Windows 2012 Server Standard includes new features such as a redesigned task manager that categorizes running processes, stops inactive applications to improve performance, and a new interface to simplify application discovery. Other functions, such as Active Directory Domain Services, the current virtualization platform Hyper-V, Microsoft Windows Azure and many others complete Windows Server Standard 2012 to an optimal server operating system.
New Features and Programs in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Standard
Windows 2012 Server Standard provides you with a stable operating system for your server operation, which offers optimal support with its numerous innovations and current features:
- New user interface: Modern user interface optimized for touch screen operation
- New Taskmanager: Revised Taskmanager for better performance
- SMB 3.0 support: New protocol version for more stable and faster access to file shares
- PowerShell 3.0: New version of PowerShell for managing system settings
- Microsoft Windows Azure: New feature for backing up the server to the Azure cloud
- Internet Information Service 8.0: Management of Extended Validation Certificates
In addition to completely new functions and programs, Microsoft also attaches great importance to keeping the tried and tested always up-to-date and optimized in the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Standard. This includes the latest version of the Hyper-V virtualization platform with optimized performance and improved DirectAccess. The latter was optimized in such a way that the server now also includes technologies for IPv6 bridging and therefore no PKI is necessary anymore.
Secure file management
As an additional security feature, Windows 2012 Server Standard now includes Dynamic Access Control. This regulates file access via metadata, whereby it acts in addition to the Active Directory security lines. For example, dynamic access control can ensure that unauthorized access is prevented even after a file has been moved to other directories. The files are also backed up in the backup. Microsoft introduces with the new Windows Server Standard 2012 also the new file system ReFS. This serves as a supplement to the well-known NTFS and was specially developed for file servers for data storage.
Windows Server 2012 Standard includes the use of two physical processors. The operating system also allows the use of two additional virtual instances or machines. Windows Server Standard 2012 is therefore perfect for small and medium-sized businesses with moderate virtualization.
Windows Server 2012 Standard - System Requirements
|Supported operating system||Windows Server 2012 Standard|
at least 1.4 GHz 64-bit processor
|main memory|| |
at least 512 MB
|hard disk space|| |
at least 32 GB