SharePoint 2013 and Windows Server 2012

I’m curious but what is the deal with Microsoft requiring that you contact PSS to get one of the software requirements for running SharePoint 2013 on Windows Server 2012.

If you notice, in the Hardware and Software Requirements document on TechNet for SharePoint 2013 (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262485.aspx) you’ll notice that there’s a hot fix required for a Race Condition issue for SharePoint 2013 on Windows Server 2008 R2 and 2012.

RaceCondition

Funny enough, if you go to the KB article link referenced, you get (2765317), you’ll notice the following text:

Hotfix Information

A supported hotfix is now available from Microsoft. However, it is intended to correct only the problem that this article describes. Apply it only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem.

To resolve this problem, contact Microsoft Customer Support Services to obtain the hotfix. For a complete list of Microsoft Customer Support Services telephone numbers and information about support costs, go to the following Microsoft website:
http://support.microsoft.com/contactus/?ws=support

So if I’m Microsoft, and I’m looking to get more and more market share moved over to Windows Server 2012, why in the world would I not make this pre-requisite available?

Oddly enough though, the same fix for Windows Server 2008 / 2008 R2 (2759112) lists the exact same text.

So I guess we have to call PSS to get the fix before we can start experimenting with SharePoint 2013 in a non-Microsoft hosted environment (I’m guessing that the Azure pre-baked bits already have this but haven’t double checked).

Bottom line, not cool that there’s an extra call involved.