Windows Server 2012
|Version of Microsoft Windows|
|OS family||Windows NT|
|Codename||Windows Server 8|
Windows Server 2012 is the server counterpart of Windows 8. It replaces Windows Server 2008 R2 and was replaced by Windows Server 2012 R2. It reached RTM on 1 August 2012. Support for the IA-64 architecture was dropped with this release.
This is the last version of Windows Server to support processors without the CMPXCHG16b, PrefetchW and LAHF/SAHF instructions. It is the first server release of Windows to drop the traditional Service Pack mechanism in favor of releasing updates on a continual basis in smaller chunks.
Editions[edit | edit source]
There are four major editions of Windows Server 2012:
- Windows Server 2012 Foundation
- Windows Server 2012 Essentials
- Windows Server 2012 Standard
- Windows Server 2012 Datacenter