Sometimes i wish they wouldn’t do it… Once again Microsoft announced new product versions (Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2) at TechEd last week, but did not release anything.
Yes, i am excited too, but please remember that while these are both going to be great new versions, the announcement of them should not stop you from deploying the most current available versions, namely Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1. Both are currently available, there is training for them, there are case studies for them, and you will not go wrong by deploying them.
With that being said, if you are looking forward to the R2 releases, you are many months away; they are scheduled to be released near the end of this calendar year, with the next version of SQL Server scheduled for release shortly after that.
If you want to simply see the new versions, play with the pre-release software in a lab and get to know them so that you are ready to hit the ground running, then you still have a few weeks to wait… however nowhere near as long. According to the people in the know, preview software for Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2014 will be available for evaluation in the coming weeks. Keep your eyes open for the announcements!
Yeah I want them NOW too… but in Taekwondo we teach the importance of patience… consider this a practical exercise in that lesson!