Monday, 29 July 2013

SPF Part 1 - Installing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview


The Virtual Machine Cloud service in the Azure Pack requires at least one System Center 2012 R2 Service Provider Foundation server to be installed to manage the underlying Hyper-V hosts. This in itself requires Service Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager, which in turn requires components from the Windows Assessment and Deployment Toolkit 8.1 Preview, and all of these require Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview.

Because of the amount of dependencies required to install Service Provider Foundation, we've split it into a number of posts, as follows:


Windows Server 2012 R2 is currently available as a free 180 day trial from the TechNet Evaluation Center. Once you've registered and downloaded the ISO image we're ready to go.


The installation steps are more or less identical to Windows Server 2012 SP1. The only difference is the Betta Fish on the boot screen, which is traditionally used in preview (beta) versions of Windows operating systems.

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