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Server 2012 Requirements

Server 2012 has specific hardware requirements for installation, despite the edition you are installing. Minimum requirements are:

  • 1.4 GHz x64 processor (only 64-bit server architecture is supported)

  • 512 MB of RAM

  • 32 GB of free disk space

  • DVD-ROM

  • Super VGA (800 × 600) or higher resolution monitor

  • Keyboard

  • Mouse or compatible pointing device

Keep in mind, if you are installing Server 2012 on a system with more than 12 GB of RAM, you will need more than 32 GB of disk space for paging, hibernation, and dump files. You also will need more memory if you’re installing over a network.

Also, remember these are minimum requirements with no roles added to the installation. For the optimal installation experience, use the best hardware possible, and if you have to bump up any specification and are working within a limited hardware budget, splurge on the most memory you can. Currently, most servers—especially ones targeted to small to midsize businesses—ship by default with at least 2 GB of RAM.


  

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