Chapter 1

What’s New in Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2 has over 300 new features, and it’s the first Microsoft Server OS that has connectivity with the cloud. Explaining all of those features would take much more than a chapter (which is, of course, why we wrote a book!), but let’s use these first few pages to give you the lay of the land. Now, we realize that some reading this book are just getting started with Windows Server, and so for them, everything is new, but many others of you reading this already know tons about Windows networking and would just like a summary of what’s new in Server—this chapter summarizes that and where to find it in the book.

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