Windows Server 2012 Essentials RTM now available on TechNet and MSDN, or free evaluation

I recall that the expected RTM for WS2012E was 4Q2012. Most assumed that meant end of 2012. But we were wrong, it’s here already, RTM (Release To Manufacture) “Gold” code now available. Thank you for the tip, Greg Welch!


Here’s Microsoft’s Announcement:

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Windows Server 2012 Essentials released to manufacturing, available for evaluation today!

9 Oct 2012 9:03 AM

Today I am pleased to tell you that Windows Server 2012 Essentials has reached the release to manufacturing (RTM) milestone. We are delivering the product to our hardware and ecosystem partners, and it will be generally available in all channels on November 1, with OEM partners shipping server systems by the end of the year.

I would like to encourage you to try Windows Server 2012 Essentials for yourself by visiting the Evaluation Center today to download a trial copy—and if you’re an MSDN or TechNet subscriber, you can download Essentials from those sites as well.

Here’s a nice overview, from Paul Thurrott:

Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Tuesday, October 09, 2012

If you’re an MSDN member, the download site for the 3 files is here, with 10 licenses available to claim.
Direct download links appear below:
Here’s the 3 files on MSDN:

MSI|English|Release Date: 10/9/2012|

No product key is required.
Download en_windows_server_2012_essentials_sdk_installer_x64_1022316.msi
2 MB

ISO|English|Release Date: 10/9/2012|
Download en_server_install_disc_windows_server_2012_essentials_x64_dvd_1022281.iso
4114 MB

ISO|English|Release Date: 10/9/2012|
Download en_client_restore_disc_windows_server_2012_essentials_x86_x64_cd_1022300.iso
561 MB 

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  • Jim Collison

    I only got 5 MSDN and 3 Technet licenses!

    • tinkererguy

      Different levels of MSDN perhaps?
      I was logged into my “MSDN Operating Systems” level at the time I checked the licenses available.