So I have been using Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard out in a limited production role. Yes, Microsoft doesn’t like this, and yes, it’s risky, but I simply cannot generate enough usage in my lab environment to break it in so I’ve stuck it in limited production use. So far, I must say that running it is great. It causes less headaches than Server 2008 R2 but the only issue I’m still having is Internet Explorer 11 not playing nicely with our existing GPOs. Same goes with Windows 8.1.
From a resource perspective, Server 2012 R2 is snappy just like Server 2012, and just like in Windows 8.1, yes the Start button is back. Otherwise, the interface is still clumsy and a pain, but I’m sure if I used my Windows 7 tablet to RDP into the server, it would be easier to administrate, but I don’t see myself using my tablet for administration unless I’m away from desk or out of the office and don’t have my laptop with me.
I know, this is a quick update, but I just wanted to feed you useful information. We all need an honest and trustworthy opinion and it seems a lot of the big tech blogs might be feeding you wrong information or are being paid off by Microsoft. I want to promise all the readers that I am not and I am providing this information independently.