Per this blog announcement, the final bits of the next wave of Windows products are available on MSDN & TechNet.
Note: General Availability (GA) to the public for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 is Friday, October 18, 2013.
- Windows 8.1 (multiple editions) (x86) – DVD (English)
File size: 2,780 MB
File name: en_windows_8_1_x86_dvd_2707392.iso
- Windows 8.1 (multiple editions) (x64) – DVD (English)
File size: 3,719 MB
File name: en_windows_8_1_x64_dvd_2707217.iso
Windows Server 2012 R2
- Windows Server 2012 R2 (x64) – DVD (English)
File size: 4,071 MB
File name: en_windows_server_2012_r2_x64_dvd_2707946.iso
- Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 (x64) – DVD (English)
File size: 1,917 MB
File name: en_microsoft_hyper-v_server_2012_r2
- Windows Storage Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation (x64) – DVD (English)
File size: 3,860 MB
File name: en_windows_storage_server_2012_r2_and_windows
- Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials (x64) – DVD (English)
File size: 3,861 MB
File name: en_windows_server_2012_r2_essentials_x64
Title: Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release
Author: Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Server Team
Publisher: Microsoft Press
Published: © 2013 by Microsoft Corporation
File size: 5.1 MB
Price: FREE preview*
Download URL: Click here for download
Table of Contents
- Chapter 1 – Cloud OS
- Chapter 2 – Hyper-V
- Chapter 3 – Storage
- Chapter 4 – Failover Clustering
- Chapter 5 – Networking
- Chapter 6 – Other Enhancements
Introducing Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Release (ISBN 9780735682931), by Mitch Tulloch with the Windows Server Team, introduces new features and capabilities, with scenario-based advice on how the platform can meet the needs of your business. Get the high-level overview you need to begin preparing your deployment now. This book is based on the Preview release and will be updated to cover Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM.
Download the PDF version of this title here (108 pages, 5.1 MB). UPDATE: The EPUB format is here and the MOBI format is here.
Watch for the lengthier RTM edition of this ebook later this year!
If you prefer a hard copy of the book, you can order it here from the official distributor, O’Reilly Media, for $9.99.
Title: Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview Test Lab Guide
Publisher: Microsoft Corporation
File size: 199 KB
Download URL: Click here to download
This Microsoft Test Lab Guide (TLG) provides you with step-by-step instructions to create the Windows Base Configuration test lab, using computers running Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview.
With the resulting test lab environment, you can build test labs based on other Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview-based TLGs from Microsoft, TLG extensions in the TechNet Wiki, or a test lab of your own design that can include Microsoft or non-Microsoft products.
- For a test lab based on physical computers, you can image the drives for future test labs.
- For a test lab based on virtual machines, you can create snapshots of the base configuration virtual machines.
This enables you to easily return to the base configuration test lab, where most of the routine infrastructure and networking services have already been configured, so that you can focus on building a test lab for the product, technology, or solution of interest.
Public (non-TechNet/MSDN subscribers) links for the preview versions are now live for everyone. Here are the public download links:
This just in; the following betas are available for download for subscribers of TechNet and MSDN: http://www.ittsystems.com/best-free-tftp-servers-windows/
- Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Beta (3938 MB)
- Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Beta (3736 MB)
- Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 Beta (1769 MB)
Here are the file sizes and SHA1 values.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Preview:
Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials Preview:
Windows Hyper-V Server 2012 R2 Preview: