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The software trial is free, easy to install, and the full-featured download is your way to test out new enhancements in System Center 2012 R2 including:

  • Storage transformation – System Center 2012 R2 breakthrough performance at a fraction of the cost
  • Virtualization and live migration – this newest release provides an integrated and high-performance virtualization platform

Preview these features and more in tandem with our well-rated MVA Jumpstart videos for System Center 2012 R2 and get guidance and information on new features. 


Resources and information to get started with your free, full-featured System Center 2012R2 Preview Evaluation are now available:

  • Evaluation guide for System Center 2012R2 and the Windows Azure Pack, including App Controller, Configuration Manager, Data Protection Manager, Operations Manager, Orchestrator, Service Manager, and Virtual Machine Manager
  • Installation and Deployment Virtual Labs   – System Center 2012: free, hands-on learning environments with no complicated installation.

  • In the Cloud” Blog: Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Windows Server & System Center, shares cloud insights and information on new innovations.
  • Interested in other Microsoft technologies available for free, hands- on trial? Visit us at the TechNet Evaluation Center, where you can not only find top downloads, but see language and format availability as well. The TechNet Evaluation Center is your resource for full-featured evaluations at no cost.