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Windows Server 2012 R2 Evaluation Guide
Report by: Wes Miller
Posted: February 2014
Windows Server 2012 R2 includes numerous new or improved storage, manageability, identity and virtualization features that may make it a compelling upgrade for enterprises
New features, including highly available Hyper-V instances, more efficient VDI, and easier integration between AD and external services, may make Windows Server 2012 R2 compelling for enterprises
Windows Server 2012 R2 includes many changes to Hyper-V that should improve manageability and availability of VMs
Leveraging storage technologies introduced with Windows Server 2012 may reduce storage costs for Remote Desktop Services and virtual desktop infrastructure with Windows Server 2012 R2
Web Application Proxy, a new feature in Windows Server 2012 R2, allows customers to provide secure access to internal applications for users outside the corporate network
Active Directory Federation Services is no longer an optional component of Windows Server for organizations deploying either Office 365 or Workplace Join
Organizations using hosted services, such as Office 365, will want to integrate the Windows Azure Active Directory with their on-premises directory to simplify management and support single sign-on
Work Folders in Windows Server 2012 R2 allow users to securely synchronize on-premises files with Windows 8.1 devices without requiring a VPN connection, and enforce file encryption and IT security policy
New functionality in Windows Server 2012 R2 registers unmanaged devices into Active Directory, enabling single sign-on for some services
The latest version of PowerShell shipping with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 delivers new configuration management functionality
Tiered storage in Windows Server 2012 R2 allows a combination of drive types to balance performance and cost efficiency
Microsoft has provided guidance for application compatibility with Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2
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