Exchange 2013 SP1 Will Run on Windows Server 2012 R2

I was wondering why they went from the 'CU' to the Service Pack naming with the release of Exchange CU 3.

Now I know!

Microsoft announced a few details this week about its coming Service Pack 1 (SP1) for Exchange Server 2013.

SP1 will arrive in "early 2014," along with other first service packs for Microsoft's 2013-branded server products. While the details were scant, Microsoft's Exchange team offered three tidbits on what to expect, in an announcement.

Most notably, SP1 for Exchange Server 2013 will permit Microsoft's mail server to run on its latest server operating system, namely Windows Server 2012 R2. Many may be surprised that Windows Server 2012 R2, which was released by Microsoft at the product-ready RTM stage back in August, doesn't yet support running Exchange Server 2013. However, that circumstance was assumed as a given by a senior member of Microsoft's Exchange team.

"Exchange server support for a new Windows Server version is typically included in the next service pack," explained Bharat Suneja, a senior technical writer on the Exchange customer experience team, writing in the comments section of Microsoft's announcement.

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