I’ve now downloaded and installed/deployed Windows Server 2012 VHD, Windows Server 2012 ISO and Hyper-V Server 2012 ISO. I’ve got to say, it’s pretty wicked simple, and I love the fact that WS 2012 is available as a VHD. We’re deploying both in our corporate demo environemt, and of course we’ve been running the release candidates and Beta’s in our R&D labs for several weeks.

But did you know that Unitrends Enterprise Backup is already available and certified to run on and protect your WS 2012 and HS 2012 platforms? That’s right.

So what does this mean?

You could install the free Hyper-V Server 2012 OS and deploy Unitrends Enterprise Backup as a virtual appliance on it. You’ve probably already heard about our FREE edition (protect 4 VM’s for free forever), but if you have ANY Microsoft certification (doesn’t have to be 70-659, but any MCP, MCSE, etc), you can register for an NFR license. Technically, NFR stands for “not-for-resale,” but what the license entitles you to includes:

  • 2 socket licenses (so if you are running HS 2012 on a 2-socket server, you can protect all VM’s on that host)
  • 2 server licenses (if you have physical servers you’d like to protect in addition to your VM’s), you can protect those too
  • 2 application licenses (these licenses can be applied to a server to protect MS Exchange and MS SQL or can be used to protect you NAS)
  • 1-year of Elite support (includes portal, phone, email, KB and forum)

The license will be set to expire in 1 year, but it’s totally renewable for no cost, as long as you maintain some Microsoft certification.

So if you have a reasonably small IT environment and you’re into virtualization AND you’ve got some MSFT credentials, you can get the hook-up with free products from MSFT and Unitrends.

About Unitrends

Unitrends increases uptime, productivity and confidence in a world in which IT professionals must do more with less. Unitrends leverages high-availability hardware and software engineering, cloud economics, enterprise power with consumer-grade design, and customer-obsessed support to natively provide all-in-one enterprise backup and continuity. The result is a “one throat to choke” set of offerings that allow customers to focus on their business rather than backup.