Windows Server 2012 R2 Requirements

As with any Windows Server, Server 2012 R2 has certain requirements your hardware must meet to run it. It requires a 64-bit processor because Microsoft discontinued the 32-bit software with the release of this server.

Your processor frequency must be at least 1.4 GHz. We recommend you run it on 2.0 GHz or more for best performance.

The minimum requirement for memory is 512 MB RAM. But, we recommend you’ve 2 GB RAM or higher for it to run smooth.

When it comes to available disk space, the least amount you need to run it is 32 GB. However, we recommend that you’ve 40 GB or more of disk space available for the system to run better.

To install the Windows Server 2012 R2, you’ll need to have a DVD-Rom on your computer. You won’t need it if you’re able to connect to a network where you can access what’s included in the Server 2012 R2 DVD-ROM.

Also, to run it you’ll need to meet the display requirements. It requires at least a Super VGA 800 by 600 monitor. The server will run best with an XGA 1024 by 768 monitor.

To run the system you’ll need the usual suspects: the I/O peripherals, keyboard, mouse and a wireless or wired network interface card (NIC).

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Other Server 2012 R2 System Requirements

If you’re installing the server on an Itanium-based computer, you’ll have to meet other requirements. It must have more hard disk space and an Intel Itanium 2 processor.

When the system is being run on a computer with more than 16 GB of RAM, it’ll need more disk space as well. The system needs it for dump files, paging, and hibernation.

Also, the server you run it on needs to have plenty of available disk space. Because it’ll be the domain controller in a large domain.

Before installing this system, we suggest you do a complete backup of all your configuration information for your servers. Also, you should run the Windows Memory Diagnostic Tool to make sure your RAM capabilities meet the Server 2012 R2 requirements.

Wrapping It Up

If you’re considering getting a 2012 server, remember to look into the Windows Server 2012 R2 requirements we discussed. Don’t forget about the basics. Your system should have a 64-bit 1.4 GHz processor with 512 MB RAM and 32 GB available disk space.

You can run this server on your system. Yet, remember that it will run better if you’re able to get the hardware for optimum performance.

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