Evaluate Hyper-V, Windows Server 2012, and System Center 2012 For Free

Have you ever wished that you could get access to Microsoft server software without making a financial commitment first? Maybe you want to learn how to install or manage the software for a professional certification. Maybe you want to do a proof-of-concept with a customer. Maybe you want to upgrade your hypervisor.

You can download:

Windows Server 2012

Get your hands on a 180 days’ time limited trial of Microsoft’s latest server operating system, Windows Server 2012, that is “built from the cloud up”. See how Hyper-V gives more flexibility and agility than any other hypervisor, test the performance and new architectures of networking, put the de-duplication, scalability and continuous availability of storage to the test, and try out the improved remote connectivity of Direct Access and Remote Desktop Services.

When you’re satisfied (and you will be!) then you can convert the evaluation copy of Windows Server 2012 to a volume license.

System Center 2012

There is quite a lot to see, try, and learn in System Center 2012. You can deploy and manage the compute cluster and fabrics of a private cloud, monitor SLA health from networks through to client perspective, provide security, backup data, give end users IT controlled self-service application deployment, automate tedious manual tasks, and change how IT service delivery is provided to the business.

Hyper-V Server 2012

Microsoft’s machine virtualisation solution, Hyper-V, is free if you license your Windows Server virtual machines correctly. In fact, you probably own Hyper-V if you are using another virtualisation product. But what if you want to:

  • Upgrade Hyper-V to the new feature leading 2012 release without upgrading all of your virtual machines
  • Try out Hyper-V for free
  • Deploy a VDI solution
  • Run one of the many supported Linux distributions in your virtual machines

Then you can use the free to download Hyper-V Server 2012. It has all of the Hyper-V and Failover Clustering the features & scalability of Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V without the Windows Server virtualisation rights for virtual machines. For service providers, this might be a way to enable your customers to become ready for a new DR-as-a-Service business based on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Replica.

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