Windows Server 2012 R2 Still Lacks Support For Exchange And SharePoint

Windows Server 2012 R2 hit the RTM stage in late August, and you would expect the latest version of Microsoft’s server operating platform to properly run most software carrying its logo.

And since the release to manufacturing stage usually signals that an operating system is ready for imaging on server hardware, most IT pros assumed that running Exchange on R2 will be a typically supported application workload.

Well, it appears that this is not the case — according to a Microsoft support engineer.

Rhoderick Milne, a senior Exchange Premier Field Engineer recently confirmed in a post that:

“You will note that Windows Server 2012 R2 is not currently listed as a supported OS platform for Exchange.”

Additionally, Microsoft also made it official, in a separate blog post that Windows Server 2012 R2 does not support running SharePoint 2013 right now. It appears that the release of SharePoint 2013 Service Pack 1 will take care of this issue and enable support, at least according to this knowledge base article.

The only issue here is that Redmond has not yet announced when SP1 for SharePoint 2013 will be out.

Exchange 2013 and Exchange 2010 Service Pack 3 are currently supported on Microsoft’s older Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1.

Windows Server 2012 R2, as you may be aware, has general availability planned for October 18, right alongside Windows 8.1. The RTM bits of the latest server OS were released to TechNet and MSDN subscribers earlier this month.