Hyper-V backups on a 2012 R2 Host Server

We are planning to upgrade our current 2008 R2 Hyper-v hosts to new servers, running Windows 2012 R2.
Our current Backup software Symantec Backup Exec, even on the latest version (2012) does not support Windows 2012 R2 and won't until at least September 2014.

I wondered -
a) is there any point in going to Windows 2012 R2 for the host server or should I just do Windows 2012?
b) If I do go to Windows 2012 R2 does anyone have recommendations of a backup solution - the windows inbuilt backup software or any others?
Thank you
itadminukAsked:
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Cliff GaliherConnect With a Mentor Commented:
There are quite a few improvements to Hyper-V in 2012 R2. Especially regarding storage and networking. I'd almost always go R2, given the choice.

As far as software, windows server backup is basic, but functional. I personally like ShadowProtect. Veeam has also been aggressive in the virtualization space. All are worth looking into to match the features and usability that fits your network administration style.
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ibrahim52Team LeaderCommented:
Visit the link below to learn about features offered by Server 2012 R2

Referred link :-

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn250019.aspx


Additional source :-
http://www.infoworld.com/slideshow/104337/10-great-new-features-in-windows-server-2012-r2-hyper-v-220067#slide5
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itadminukAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

the question wasn't really answered
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Cliff GaliherCommented:
Both parts of the question were answered by both commenters. No follow-up was asked and no request for clarification. This WAS answered.
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