Is your infrastructure ready for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2?

Today I was asked to check if our infrastructure was ready for Windows Server 2012 R2 as guest operating system. I thought it would be handy to share my findings here so you don’t have to find out the compatibility for each product.

*Updated on 2-1-2014 with additions about McAfee and NetBackup by Adam Thompson: Thanks!

If you are using products that require compatibility with Windows Server 2012 R2, please share them with me so I can update the list below:

VMware vSphere
Support using 5.0 U3 and higher

Veeam Backup & Replication
Support using 7.0 R2 and higher

McAfee Enterprise AntiVirus
Support using VSE 8.8 Patch 4 and higher (expected December 2013), ePolicy Orchestrator 5.1 and McAfee Agent 4.8 Patch 1.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager
Support using 2012 R2 and higher

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager
Support using 2007 R2 and higher using an up-to-date Windows Server Operating System Management Pack.

Veritas NetBackup
Supports using 2012 R2 as a client with version 7.5.0.6 and as a NetBackup server when using version 7.6 or higher.

Hopefully this information will help you deciding if it’s wise to introduce Windows Server 2012 R2 in your environments.

2 thoughts on “Is your infrastructure ready for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2?

  1. McAfee actually support 2012 R2 with Management Agent 4.8 patch 1 as a minimum.
    And you might want to add Veritas NetBackup, which supports 2012 R2 as a client with version 7.5.0.6, or as a NetBackup server with version 7.6

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