Introduction

Welcome to this book on Windows Server 2012 R2. All of the enhancements and new features that this latest release of Microsoft’s flagship enterprise operating system offers have definitely raised the bar for future versions of Windows Server. To give you an insight into how much extra you get with 2012 R2, you only have to look at the original Windows Server 2012 release that reached general availability in September 2012. Shortly after that version hit the shelves, Sybex got this group of authors together to write a book on it, but just as we were coming to the final edits of our chapters, Microsoft announced that Windows Server 2012 R2 was to be released in October 2013—that’s just over 12 months since the original version of Server ...

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