What Is The Default Password For WS2012 R2 Preview VHD?

I just deployed a downloaded pre-installed VHD with Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview with the intention of using it for WDS in the lab – and deploy the rest of the WSSC 2012 R2 Preview lab.  I tried to log in and … what is the password?

It’s not:

  • <Blank>
  • Password
  • Password00
  • P@ssword
  • P@ssword1
  • Or any other variation

I checked the extracted folder and all I found was that by extracting the EXE I’d agreed to donate body parts to MSFT executives, etc.  Web searches were fruitless.  I reached out to the Twitterverse and was told by Ed Baker (who spent a morning searching) that the password is actually:


The password includes the exclamation mark.  Make sure you change it afterwards Smile

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8 Comments on What Is The Default Password For WS2012 R2 Preview VHD?

  1. and Ed Baker (@edbaker1965) was told by MCT Artur Boryczko – very strange that it wasnt included anywhere!

  2. Thanks so much, I tired so many M$ default passwords 🙂

  3. Many thanks for posting that and thanks to Ed for discovering that 🙂 Well done ED 🙂

  4. “R2Preview!” Does not work on Windows Server 2012 R2 VHD. I downloaded it from http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/dn205286.aspx. has changed the password?

  5. the default pasword :
    with the capital letter p

  6. Thanks AFinn and Ed – R2Preview! works like a charm.

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