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Windows Server 2012, codenamed "Windows Server 8", is the sixth release of Windows Server. It is the server version of Windows 8 and succeeds Windows Server 2008 R2. Two pre-release versions, a developer preview and a beta version, were released during development. The software was generally available to customers starting on September 4, 2012.

Unlike its predecessor, Windows Server 2012 has no support for Itanium-based computers, and has four editions. Various features were added or improved over Windows Server 2008 R2 (with many placing an emphasis on cloud computing), such as an updated version of Hyper-V, an IP address management role, a new version of Windows Task Manager, and ReFS, a new file system. Windows Server 2012 received generally good reviews in spite of having included the same controversial Metro-based user interface seen in Windows 8.

The successor to Windows Server 2012, called Windows Server 2012 R2, was released along with Windows 8.1 in October 2013. A service pack, formally designated Windows Server 2012 R2 Update, was released in April 2014.


Win2012 installation on VMWare 9.0

First configuration

Win2012 first configuration on VMWare 9.0








Link to IIS 8

  • PHP on IIS
    • PHP Installation
    • PHP Configuration
    • PHP Update
  • Options IIS
    • Display full errors messages
  • IIS Folders
    • Move custom error folders
    • Change log path
    • Change temp path
    • history path


Windows activation

in a DOS launch the commands:

DISM /online /Set-Edition:{edition} /ProductKey:XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX-XXXXX /AcceptEula

to find current version name:

DISM /Online /Get-CurrentEdition

to find target edition available:

DISM /Online /Get-TargetEditions

to remove current key

SLMGR –upk

Enable Terminal Server

Computer properties
enable terminal server

Advanced options

Computer properties
Chnage advanced options

Disable server management at start up

disable server manager at start up

Add icon to desktop

Add rôle Desktop Experience

new option on desktop

change desktop icons

desktop icons list

Change user picture

require rôle Desktop Experience

change user picture