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Today Microsoft released a preview version of its upcoming Windows Server 2012 R2. The preview is very interesting for us right now, since we’re only a stones throw away from migrating our entire IT organization at Mindbite to Windows Server 2012.

Tomorrow Microsoft kicks off its Build Conference where the unveiling of Windows 8.1 will take place. A preview version of Windows 8.1 is highly expected to be released by tomorrow. And the Server Preview comes hand in hand with that.

As a Microsoft Gold Partner we’ve already gained access to Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview, and I’ve also installed it on one of our servers. To get an early glimpse of how Windows 8.1 will work, I’ve installed the Desktop Experience feature on the Server Preview.

Here are some screenshots from Windows Server 2012 R2

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And as with Windows 8/Server 2012 Beta, the Bet(ta) fish is back (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betta)

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Microsoft released SQL Server 2012 to manufacturing a few days ago. It will go on sale in the beginning of April, but as a Gold Certified Partner we have already gotten our hands on it. Microsoft SQL Server is the database engine that we use for our products, such as SiteFactory CMS and Dirigo.

We have deployed SQL Server 2012 on a virtual server to perform compatibility tests with our main product SiteFactory CMS, and the only thing we had to change was the Compatibility Level in our SiteFactory CMS Installer, to be able to create the database. When this was changed, everything went smooth. No surprise there.

So the conclusion is that SiteFactory CMS works like a charm on the newly released database server. It’s great to work with Microsoft technology, as we rarely run in to any compatibility issues.

The year 2012 will be an interesting year with the upcoming release of my favorite products; Windows Server 8 and Visual Studio 11 (and of course the newly released SQL Server 2012).

All our Web Servers run Windows Server 2008 R2 with SQL Server 2008 R2, and we will begin upgrading them to SQL Server 2012 soon.