Windows Server 2012 R2 adds new features for Virtualization, Performance and Security and is now Generally Available for most SAP NetWeaver applications.
1. Important SAP Notes for Windows Server 2012 R2
Please review the following SAP Notes before deploying SAP on Windows Server 2012 R2
1922495 - GetVersionEx function on Windows Server 2012 R2
1753578 - First Customer Shipment Program in Virtual Environments on Windows
1732161 - SAP Systems on Windows Server 2012 (R2)
1927098 - Registration of SAPResource Type Library hangs
1823833 - Accessing shares via SMB3.0 can result in long waiting times
1409608 - Virtualization on Windows
1715878 - Installing the cluster.exe command line tool on Windows 2012
1969546 - Release Roadmap Kernel 740
SAP Product Availability Matrix
before installing or upgrading to Windows Server 2012 R2. SQL Server 2012 is supported on Windows 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2014 will be supported later.
2. SWPM Versions for Windows Server 2012 R2
Please use at least SAP Software Provisioning Manager (SWPM) 1.0 SP5 PL1 to install, copy, uninstall, etc your SAP System on Windows Server 2012 R2. You can download the SWPM from
-> Software Logistics Toolset 1.0 -> Software Provisioning Manager 1.0 SP05 -> download tool.
For SAP systems based on SAP NetWeaver 7.0, 7.01, 7.02 or 7.03 download the archive 70SWPM10SP05_1*.SAR
For SAP systems based on SAP NetWeaver 7.1 or higher download the archive SWPM10SP05_1*.SAR
3. SAP Kernels for Windows Server 2012 R2
Please use the Kernel media that was released with SAP Software Provisioning Manager 1.0 SP5 to install or copy your SAP System on Windows Server 2012 R2.
You need to use the 7.21 EXT kernel with PL 140 (Patch Level 201 or higher is recommended) or higher for SAP Systems based on SAP NetWeaver 7.0x, 7.1x, 7.2 and 7.3x.
For SAP Systems based on SAP NetWeaver 7.40 or higher, you need to use the 7.41 Kernel with PL 7 or higher.
7.40, 7.20, 7.10 or 7.00 Kernels are not supported on Windows Server 2012 R2. 7.41 Kernel will be Downwards Compatible from July 2014 onwards, see 1969546 - Release Roadmap Kernel 740
There are several ways to upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2:
1. Perform SAP Homogeneous System Copy
2. In place upgrade
3. VMs running on Hyper-V 2012 can be moved to Hyper-V 2012 R2 via Hyper-V Replica
Based on our experience most customers perform SAP Homogenous System Copies. The SAP tools and procedures for Homogeneous System Copy are very well documented and supported. Homogenous System Copy also permits a customer to upgrade the OS, DB, SAP, Kernel & other software such as backup software to the latest versions and patches.