Windows Server 2012 R2 SupportWindows Server 2012 R2 offers world-class support for business-critical applications by providing an expandable and manageable platform for virtualized servers and storage that feature the highest levels of availability, security and compliance, and support for modern work styles. Windows Server 2012 R2 is available in an enterprise-class Datacenter Edition that supports multi-tenant isolation and unlimited virtualization, a lower-priced Standard Edition with limited virtualization but otherwise with identical features, and an ultra-affordable Essentials Edition designed for small businesses. These versions can be deployed on premises, at multiple sites, in the Cloud, or as hybrid solutions that combine on-premises and Cloud-based environments. To learn about the many enhanced and new features available with Windows Server 2012n R2, refer to Progent's Windows Server 2012 R2 Consulting Services.

Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consultants can help you move from any Windows Server system or legacy OS environment to any version of Windows Server 2012 R2. Progent can help you move from your existing OS to Windows Server 2012 R2 while staying on the same hardware, which Microsoft calls an "upgrade," or you can go from your existing operating system to Windows Server 2012 R2 by transferring to a different set of hardware, referred to as a "migration." Some transitions to Windows Server 2012 R2 can be accomplished quickly and with relatively little downtime, for example a move from Windows Server 2008 R2, while upgrades or migrations from earlier versions of Windows Server can require more work. Whatever server environment you are leaving and whatever Windows Server 2012 R2 ecosystem you want to deploy, Progent can help you in every facet of your upgrade or migration. Progent can provide on-demand consulting expertise to help you through the most challenging phases of your transition, or Progent can deliver comprehensive project management services to ensure you adhere to industry best practices in planning and deployment and avoid costly do-overs. However you utilize Progent's consulting services, you will benefit from Progent's in-depth expertise and knowledge sharing to realize maximum business value from your Windows Server 2012 R2 solution.

For most organizations, moving to Windows Server 2012 R2 can be justified solely based on advantages in total cost of ownership thanks to improvements in density, performance, the availability of line-of-business applications, manageability, and support for modern computing paradigms. It is also important to be aware that Microsoft has ended mainstream support for Windows Server 2008 and that older versions of Windows Server have dropped even further down their end-of-life process. Running an outdated operating systems can have serious implications for security and compliance as well as for liability, so it makes sense for IT organizations that depend on earlier version of Windows Server to start thinking about moving up to Windows Server 2012 R2.

Progent's upgrade and migration consulting services for Windows Server 2012 R2 are available online to help you save time and expense. Progent can also provide on-premises consulting in major metropolitan areas across the U.S.

Progent's Upgrade and Migration Services for Windows Server 2012 R2

Progent can provide assistance with any and all facets of your move to Windows Server 2012 R2. High-level integration services available online or on-premises include:

  • Full outsourced project management services or project management consulting
  • Business benefit analysis based on your requirements and pain points
  • Create and document a migration or upgrade plan
  • Inventory and prepare your current system for the migration or upgrade
  • Prepare PowerShell commands
  • Configure firewalls
  • Security and compliance strategy and implementation
  • Integrate critical applications such as Exchange, SQL Server and SharePoint
  • Pilot test solution at your location or at Progent's testing facilities
  • Deploy and optimize your production implementation of Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Provide management and end user training
Server roles of Windows Server 2012 R2 that Progent can help you configure, activate and test based on industry leading practices include:
  • Active Directory Certificate Services
  • Active Directory Domain Services
  • Active Directory Federation Services
  • Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
  • Active Directory Rights Management Services
  • Application Server
  • DHCP Server
  • DNS Server
  • Failover Cluster
  • Fax Server
  • File and Storage Services
  • Hyper-V
  • Network Policy and Access Services
  • Print and Document Services
  • Remote Access
  • Remote Desktop Services
  • Volume Activation Services
  • Web Server (IIS)
  • Windows Deployment Services
  • Windows Fabric
  • Windows Server Update Services
Progent has extensive experience with using virtualization technology to create cost-effective server and storage solutions that deliver high availability, security, expandability, and density. Servers available from Progent in this critical area include:
  • Set up and configure host computers
  • Create a virtual switch
  • Configure the host network adapters
  • Set up Group Policies
  • Configure the hosts
  • Create VHDX files
  • Prepare infrastructure for failover cluster
  • Configure Scale-Out File Server cluster
  • Optimize file server using Storage Spaces and deduplication
  • Create new virtual machines for use with live storage migration and Hyper-V Replica
  • Implement network teaming
  • Implement DHCP failover and Hyper-V Replica
Progent can help you create a virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI) that supports the current BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) paradigm by providing services that include:
  • Install and configure Remote Desktop Services
  • Set Remote Desktop properties by configuring RemoteApp and Desktop Connection Properties
  • Configure publishing certificates for RemoteApp publishing
  • Secure remote access using Routing and Remote Access service (DirectAccess and automatic (VPNs).
  • Sync work files from a File Server to devices with Work Folders
  • Integrate iPhones and iPads, Androids, Windows Phones, and BlackBerries
Additional Services Available from Progent to Enhance Your Windows Server 2012 R2 Ecosystem
Progent offers a wide range of cost-effective consulting, project management, and troubleshooting services to help businesses of any size to realize maximum value from their Windows Server 2012 R2 installation. Progent can provide affordable part-time Chief Information Officer services to provide a strategic assessment of the business impact and risks related to deploying Windows Server 2012 R2, and Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consultants can help you plan pilot systems to confirm the ability of Windows Server 2012 R2 to support your mission-critical applications now and in the foreseeable future. Progent's project management consultants can assist you to design and implement a migration to Windows Server 2012 R2 that avoids business disruption, and Progent's disaster recovery experts and business continuity planners can help you create, document, and validate a comprehensive DR/BC plan.

Progent's Microsoft Gold-certified consultants can help you configure Windows Server 2012 R2 for an on-premises, multi-site, cloud-based, or hybrid environment, design and deploy an optimal virtualization solution based on Hyper-V, integrate your telecommuters and mobile workers, train your IT staff on automated management techniques based on leading practices, and provide ongoing consulting and troubleshooting support either online or onsite. Progent can help you upgrade efficiently from legacy versions of Windows Server or set up an IT environment that supports multiple operating systems including Linux and Mac OS.

Progent's smartphone and tablet integration consultants can help you integrate Apple iPhone and iPads, Android smart phones, and Windows Phones with Windows Server 2012 R2 to build a safe and productive BYOD environment. Progent can help you create and manage an ecosystem that offers mobile users transparent access to team resources based either at your on-premises datacenter, in the cloud, or both. Progent can solve mobile device synch issues and management problems and can help you define and enforce security policies according to leading industry practices. Progent's Microsoft Intune consultants can show you how to use Intune for cloud-based MDM (mobile device management) and MAM (mobile application management). Progent's mobile device integration support services include iPhone and iPad integration, Android smartphone and tablet consulting, and RIM BlackBerry integration expertise.

Progent offers remote server and network monitoring services for 24x7x365 monitoring, automatic alerts and remediation, and comprehensive reporting on the health of your network and on trends in system performance. Progent's cloud computing experts can discuss the potential advantages of cloud-based IT solutions and can help you plan and deploy a private cloud, set up high-availability connections to a public cloud, or integrate your on-premises datacenter with appropriate cloud-based services. Progent's certified Windows 8.1 consultants can help you upgrade efficiently to Windows 8.1 clients to take better advantage of the synergies between Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1. Progent also offers Windows 10 migration services and can assist you to incorporate a wide variety of Windows 10 clients into your Windows Server 2012 R2 ecosystem.

Progent team of Cisco CCIE-certified network engineers is one of the largest of any independent IT services firm in the U.S., and Progent can help your business to build a network infrastructure that fully supports the high-performance and high-availability features of Windows Server 2012 R2. Progent also offers the expertise of CISM, CISA, GIAC, and CISSP-certified network security consultants who can help you assess and validate the security and compliance of your IT ecosystem, strengthen your security posture based on industry best practices, and automate your security management.

If you are considering the creation of a hybrid network model that integrates on-premises resources with public cloud services like those offered by Microsoft Azure, Progent can help you evaluate and deploy Windows Server 2016, which incorporates major elements of Azure technology and is designed to support hybrid networks. See Progent's Windows Server 2016 hybrid cloud solutions.

Progent's Online Consulting and Troubleshooting Services
Progent is a pioneer in providing remote consulting and troubleshooting support and has provided online help to IT organizations in every state in the U.S. (Refer to Progent's Customer Testimonials.) Online consulting and support avoids the costs and delays associated with travel and is the most affordable and fastest way to solve most network problems.

If you need immediate online support from a Microsoft-certified consultant, visit Progent's Online Support Services.

Contact Progent for Help with Windows Server 2012 R2
For more information about Progent's consulting and troubleshooting services for Windows Server 2012 R2, call 1-800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.
















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