Selecting the right Windows Server for Exchange 2013

Microsoft supports the deployment of Exchange 2013 on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Standard, Enterprise, or Datacenter editions or Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter editions. Microsoft will release Windows Server 2012 R2 on October 18, 2013. No indication is yet available as to what version of Exchange 2013 will run on Windows 2012 R2, but you can expect Microsoft to release an update to support the new operating system around the same time. The remainder of this discussion focuses on the choice between Windows 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows 2012. However, the arguments presented here can be extended to accommodate Windows 2012 R2 after it is available.

The usual choice for deployment of Exchange ...

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