Windows 2012 R2,Windows 8.1 Preview Available

Windows 2012 R2 Preview is available now..!!!

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/dn205292.aspx?CR_CC=200142594

Also MS is pushing to remove the XP and 2003 from your environment.!

Notable changes in 2012 R2:

  • The File Backup and Restore feature has been removed. Use the File History feature instead.
  • The File Replication Service (FRS; part of the Active Directory Domain Services role) is deprecated. You should migrate any FRS-based SYSVOLs to use Distributed File System Replication.
  • The Windows Server 2003 domain and forest functional levels are deprecated. When you create a new domain or forest, you should consider using a functional level from Windows Server 2008 or newer. When you deploy Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview into an existing Windows Server 2003 environment, you will be notified to move to a newer functional level.
  • Nfsshare.exe is deprecated. Instead, use Windows PowerShell cmdlets in scripts for share provisioning.
  • Dfscmd.exe is deprecated. Instead, use Windows PowerShell cmdlets for Distributed File System Namespaces or the Dfsutil.exe command set.
  • SMB 1.0 is deprecated. Once this is removed, systems running Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 (or older) operating systems will not be able to access file shares. SMB 1.0 has been replaced by SMB 2.0 and newer versions.

For full information : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn303411.aspx

Windows 8.1 Preview also available for download.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/preview-download

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