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Windows Server 2012 Support at the Managed Cloud Service Level


Rackspace provides support for Cloud Servers with a Managed Cloud Service Level which includes resizes, snapshots, host machine issues, monitoring, adding and removing servers, and managing IP addresses. To ensure Fanatical Support, Rackspace provides support for specific software and server configurations on Cloud Servers with a Managed Cloud Service Level. The purpose of this of article is to detail the differences in functionality among versions of Windows Server 2012, and to identify which features are currently supported. Bookmark this page for future updates.

Top 10 Features of Windows Server 2012 compared to 2008 and 2003

Managed: Windows Server 2012

Managed: Windows Server 2008 R2

Managed: Windows Server 2003 R2

Dedicated: Windows Server 2012

Dedicated: Windows Server 2008 R2

Dedicated: Windows Server 2003 R2 

 

Managed: Windows Server 2012

Feature Windows Support Rackspace Support
Scale & Performace Supported Available
Shared-Nothing Live Migration Supported Unsupported
Hyper-V Network Virtualization Supported Unsupported
Hyper-V Replica Supported Unsupported
Low Cost Highly Available Files Based Storage Supported Unsupported
Windows Powershell 3.0 Supported Supported
Hybrid Applications Supported Supported
Multi-tenant, High Density Websites Supported Supported
Simplified, Feature-Rich Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Supported Unsupported
Dynamic Acces Control Supported Unsupported 

 

Managed: Windows Server 2008 R2

Feature Windows Support Rackspace Support
Scale & Performace Partially Supported Supported
Shared-Nothing Live Migration Unsupported Unsupported
Hyper-V Network Virtualization Unsupported Unsupported
Hyper-V Replica Unsupported Unsupported
Low Cost Highly Available Files Based Storage Unsupported Unsupported
Windows Powershell 3.0 Partially Supported Supported
Hybrid Applications Partially Supported Unsupported
Multi-tenant, High Density Websites Partially Supported Supported
Simplified, Feature-Rich Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Partially Supported Unsupported
Dynamic Acces Control Unsupported Unsupported 

 

Managed: Windows Server 2003 R2

Feature Windows Support Rackspace Support
Scale & Performace Partially Supported Unsupported
Shared-Nothing Live Migration Unsupported Unsupported
Hyper-V Network Virtualization Unsupported Unsupported
Hyper-V Replica Unsupported Unsupported
Low Cost Highly Available Files Based Storage Unsupported Unsupported
Windows Powershell 3.0 Unsupported Unsupported
Hybrid Applications Unsupported Unsupported
Multi-tenant, High Density Websites Unsupported Unsupported
Simplified, Feature-Rich Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Unsupported Unsupported
Dynamic Acces Control Unsupported Unsupported 

 

Dedicated: Windows Server 2012

Feature Windows Support Rackspace Support
Scale & Performace Supported Supported
Shared-Nothing Live Migration Supported Unsupported
Hyper-V Network Virtualization Supported Unsupported
Hyper-V Replica Supported Unsupported
Low Cost Highly Available Files Based Storage Supported Pending
Windows Powershell 3.0 Supported Pending
Hybrid Applications Supported Pending
Multi-tenant, High Density Websites Supported Pending
Simplified, Feature-Rich Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Supported Unsupported
Dynamic Acces Control Supported Pending

 

Dedicated: Windows Server 2008 R2

Feature Windows Support Rackspace Support
Scale & Performace Partially Supported Supported
Shared-Nothing Live Migration Unsupported Unsupported
Hyper-V Network Virtualization Unsupported Unsupported
Hyper-V Replica Unsupported Unsupported
Low Cost Highly Available Files Based Storage Unsupported Unsupported
Windows Powershell 3.0 Partially Supported Supported
Hybrid Applications Partially Supported Unsupported
Multi-tenant, High Density Websites Partially Supported Supported
Simplified, Feature-Rich Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Partially Supported Unsupported
Dynamic Acces Control Unsupported Unsupported

 

Dedicated: Windows Server 2003 R2

Feature Windows Support Rackspace Support
Scale & Performace Partially Supported Supported
Shared-Nothing Live Migration Unsupported Unsupported
Hyper-V Network Virtualization Unsupported Unsupported
Hyper-V Replica Unsupported Unsupported
Low Cost Highly Available Files Based Storage Unsupported Unsupported
Windows Powershell 3.0 Unsupported Unsupported
Hybrid Applications Unsupported Unsupported
Multi-tenant, High Density Websites Unsupported Unsupported
Simplified, Feature-Rich Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) Unsupported Unsupported
Dynamic Acces Control Unsupported Unsupported

 

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Licensing

Windows Server 2012 has a simplified licensing model and single codebase. All options are available regardless of which license model you select, although the Datacenter edition is required for the unlimited virtualization use rights. Customers who would have had to chose among Web, Standard and Enterprise editions can now simply select Standard edition.

Note: Cloud customers will have access to Windows Server 2012 images through the next generation Cloud Servers API and Control Panel.

Note: MyRack is used by customers with dedicated servers and is the interface for RackConnect.







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