Learn Windows Server 2012

This is an introductory tutorial that explains all the fundamentals of Windows Server 2012.



Windows Server 2012 codenamed Windows Server 8 is the most recent version of the operating system from Microsoft regarding server management, but not the last one which is Windows Server 2016. Officially it was released on August 1, 2012 and is just a commercial version as of now.

Windows Server 2012 has four editions − Foundation, Essentials, Standard and Datacenter. Each one of them has their own limitations except the Datacenter version, which is also the most expensive one.


Server 2012 windows table

Improvements in Windows Server 2012

The major Improvements on this version are as follows −

  • It is ready to be integrated with cloud systems and it still can maintain the classic features of local datacenters as a result Hyper-V Virtualization has new features Hyper-v replicas, it allows you to create virtual machines replications between clusters and storage systems.
  • The Storage migration virtual disks can be moved to different physical storages, Virtual machine snapshots, virtual machines can be deleted from the Hyper-v and also from the virtual disks and it can be used directly without the need to shut down the virtual machine.
  • The Core server installation easily switches to GUI installation without the need of reinstallation.
  • The file server and storage service improvement is that it eliminates identical copies in the same volumes as such and saves space.
  • The Storage pools and storage spaces allows you to group the hard disks to one or more storage pools then it allows to create virtual disks. It can add other disks to the storage pools and make available to the users without impacting them.
  • The iSCSI Target Server can offer block storage to other servers and applications on the network using the iSCSI standard.
  • Active Directory cloning can deploy additional domain controllers by cloning an existing virtual domain controller.

The Windows Server 2012 has four editions: Foundation, Essentials, Standard and Datacenter. Each one of them has their own limitation accept the Datacenter version which is also the most expensive one.

The following table will show what is the right one for your business needs −

Windows Server 2012 – Installation


System Requirements

Although most of the servers nowadays probably have the necessary requirements for Windows Server 2012. It will certainly be useful to know them in case you want to upgrade from an older system.

The main requirements are −

  • CPU socket minimum 1.4 GHz (64-bit processor) or faster for single core and Microsoft recommends is 3.1 GHz (64-bit processor) or faster multi-core.
  • RAM memory minimum is 2GB, but Microsoft recommends 8GB.
  • 160 GB hard disk with a 60 GB system partition space in your hard disk.

One important thing to note here is that the installation process itself will verify your computer hardware and let you know if it qualifies for a Windows Server 2012 installation. If not, then you will need to upgrade your hardware.


The following steps are to be adhered for the installation of Windows Server 2012.

Step 1 − We can download the evaluation ISO of Windows Server 2012 R2 from the following link − https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-2012-r2

But you will need to sign in first with a Microsoft account like Hotmail for example in order to complete the download and the good thing is that the evaluation period will last for 180 days, so you will have enough time to know if it will be the right product for you or not.


Step 2 − After downloading the ISO of Microsoft, create a boot USB driver which can be created with the Microsoft tool called Windows USB/DVD Download Tool and can be downloaded from the following link − https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/windows-usb-dvd-download-tool

After downloading the EXE file, open it and select the ISO file location and then click next like in the following screenshot, and wait up to the end when the Boot USB is created.


Step 3 − After completing the above given steps, plug-in the USB to the server and wait for a while till it loads the files. This will continue for about a couple of minutes as shown in the following screenshot.


Step 4 − After the files are loaded, you will see the screen of language settings of installation, keyboard, time and currency format. Generally, all the default ones are also good enough to start with. Click Next.



Step 5 − Click “Install now”.

Step 6 − Once you have clicked on Install Now, the setup will start and it will load all the files and the screen will look as shown in the following screenshot.



Step 6 − Once you have clicked on Install Now, the setup will start and it will load all the files and the screen will look as shown in the following screenshot

Setup Starting

Step 7 − Wait until the files are loaded and then you will see the following screen. Let’s select Windows Server 2012 DataCenter Evaluation (Server with GUI) and click Next.

Sever with GUI

Step 8 − Click “I accept the license terms” and then click on the Next button as shown in the following screenshot.

Click Accept

Step 9 − The following screen will appear. In “Driver Options” you can create a new partition, delete or format the Hard disk. After you have done this process then you can select the partition where the Windows server 2012 R2 will be installed in our case we have one partition. Once all this is done, then click on Next.

Driver Options

Step 10 − Let’s wait until this process finishes during this time and then the server will reboot.

Server will Reboot

Step 11 − Once the reboot is done the following screen will appear. Set the password for the server and then click on “Finish”.


Step 12 − It will take some minutes until the setup finishes completely.

Finish Completely

Step 13 − Once all this is done, you have completed the installation process and the following screen will appear.




Best Windows 10 Hidden Features and Tips

1. Storage Sense to keep a check on memory usage

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Windows 10 features new storage settings, which is one of the many things Microsoft has taken from its Windows Phone platform. The feature is hidden away

in Settings->System->Storage. “Storage” shows you all the drives on your PC and you can click on a drive to get detailed info of what’s taking up most of your system’s memory. It also lets you see which app is taking the most memory. Storage sense also lets you clear temporary files, uninstall apps with a single click.