ThinkServer Software: Microsoft

Choose the Best Operating System for Your Server

Pair your ThinkServer rack or tower with a trusted operating system solution from Microsoft—tested and proven for compatibility. Whether you're a fast-growing small business or a demanding large enterprise, Lenovo offers Microsoft server OS, factory preloaded or as reseller option kit.

R2 Editions

  • Windows Server 2012 R2

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    Windows Server 2012 R2

    ThinkServer systems power business-critical deployments with world-class quality and innovation. Microsoft server software delivers productivity and efficiency throughout your business. The combination of Lenovo ThinkServer and Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 will help you deliver and manage a cost-effective IT infrastructure—both physical and virtual. Windows Server 2012 R2 also helps you provide users with secure access from almost any place and any device, giving them the flexibility to stay productive while on the go.

    Beyond Server Virtualization

    Windows Server 2012 R2 offers a dynamic, multitenant infrastructure to help you scale and secure workloads and build a private cloud. Windows Server 2012 R2 can help you provide:
    - Live Migration
    Improve VM availability with the ability to concurrently migrate an unlimited number of VMs.
    - Network Health Detection
    Detect connectivity problems with Hyper-V on a protected virtual network. Automatically migrates VMs to a server where the network is available.
    - Software Defined Networking
    Create network isolation without expensive changes to physical infrastructure.

    Improve Storage Efficiency

    Improve storage availability, reduce costs, and improve performance.
    - Keep database and VMs available with SMB 3.0
    - Reduce file storage requirements with enhanced data deduplication
    - Create pools of storage resources and get faster access to data with automatic storage tiering

    Network Infrastructure Resilience

    Improve the reliability and scalability of your network.
    - Improve fault tolerance and throughputs through network teaming
    - Keep clients connected with DHCP failover

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  • Microsoft Server 2012 R2 Editions & Downgrade Kits

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    Windows Server 2012 R2 EditionsBest Suited For
    Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
    Highly virtualized datacenter and cloud environments
    Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
    Physical or minimally virtualized environments
    Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
    Small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices
    Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundations
    Small businesses with up to 15 users on single-socket servers

    Specifications may vary

    Windows Server Downgrade Kits

    Microsoft Server 2012 R2
    • Microsoft Server 2012 RS is an outstanding choice to handle demanding enterprise environments; however, if you are not ready to upgrade, Lenovo and Microsoft offer an ideal downgrade solution. Perhaps you're running old applications which require previous versions of Microsoft Server, such as Microsoft Server 2012, Microsoft Server 2008 R2 or Microsoft Server 2008. Lenovo and Microsoft offer a convenient, easy means to help you to gradually upgrade your Microsoft Server software on a timeline that is convenient for your transition schedule for your enterprise applications and operating system upgrades. Review the criteria to ensure your Microsoft server software is eligible for this downgrade. Click here to learn about the Microsoft Server 2012 downgrade kit.
    Microsoft Server 2012
    • Downgrade kit choices are also available for Microsoft Server 2012. Click here to learn more.
Windows Server 2012 R2
Beyond Server Virtualization
Live migration, network health detection, software defined networking
Storage Efficiency
SMB 3.0, reduced storage requirements, data deduplication, automatic storage tiering
Network Resilience
Network teaming, DHCP failover


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