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What's New in Networking in Windows Server 2012 R2

Published: June 26, 2013

Updated: September 25, 2013

Applies To: Windows Server 2012 R2



The following networking technologies are new or improved in Windows Server® 2012 R2.

802.1X Authenticated Wired Access in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 provides new features and capabilities over previous versions.

For more information, see What's New in 802.1X Authenticated Wired Access in Windows Server 2012 R2.

802.1X Authenticated Wireless Access in Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 provides new features and capabilities over previous versions.

For more information, see What's New in 802.1X Authenticated Wireless Access in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Domain Name System (DNS) in Windows Server 2012 R2 provides new features and capabilities over previous versions.

For more information, see What's New in DNS Server in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) in Windows Server 2012 R2 provides new features and capabilities over previous versions.

For more information, see What's New in DHCP in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Hyper-V Network Virtualization (HNV) has many important updates that enable hybrid cloud and private cloud solutions.

For more information, see What's New in Hyper-V Network Virtualization in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Hyper-V Virtual Switch provides new features and capabilities over previous versions.

For more information, see What's New in Hyper-V Virtual Switch in Windows Server 2012 R2.

IP Address Management (IPAM) is a feature that was first introduced in Windows Server 2012 that provides highly customizable administrative and monitoring capabilities for the IP address infrastructure on a corporate network. IPAM in Windows Server 2012 R2 includes many enhancements.

For more information, see What's New in IPAM in Windows Server 2012 R2.

Remote Access provides new features and capabilities over previous versions.

For more information, see What's New in Remote Access in Windows Server 2012 R2.

New in Windows Server 2012 R2, virtual Receive-side Scaling (vRSS) enables network adapters to distribute network processing load across multiple virtual processors in multi-core virtual machines (VMs).

For more information, see Virtual Receive-side Scaling in Windows Server 2012 R2.

New in Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server Gateway is a virtual machine (VM)-based software router that allows Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) and Enterprises to enable datacenter and cloud network traffic routing between virtual and physical networks, including the Internet.

Windows Server Gateway routes network traffic between the physical network and VM network resources, regardless of where the resources are located. You can use Windows Server Gateway to route network traffic between physical and virtual networks at the same physical location or at many different physical locations, providing network traffic flow in private and hybrid cloud scenarios.

For more information, see Windows Server Gateway.

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