The Windows Server® 2008 R2 Reviewers Guide provides a technical overview of the incremental features and functions that make Windows Server 2008 R2 the next-generation Microsoft® Windows Server operating system and successor to Microsoft Windows Server 2008. This guide also provides information about the benefits Windows Server 2008 R2 offers diverse users, as well as information about different scenarios. Currently, this guide is focused solely on the pre-beta iteration of Windows Server 2008 R2.
Improved Data Center Power Consumption Management 34
Improved Remote Administration 40
Reduced Administrative Effort for Interactive Administrative Tasks 41
Enhanced Command-line and Automated Management 42
Improved Identity Management 45
Improved Compliance with Established Standards and Best Practices 57
Reduced Effort to Administer and Support Web-based Applications 58
Improved FTP Services 63
Ability to Extend Functionality and Features 64
Improved .NET Support 65
Improved Application Pool Security 65
IIS.NET Community Portal 65
Solid Foundation for Enterprise Workloads 66
Scalability and Reliability 66
Better Together with Windows 7 80
Introduction to Windows Server 2008 R2
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, built with Web and virtualization technologies, is the most robust, secure, and reliable foundation on which to develop, deliver, and manage rich user experiences and applications.
Windows Server 2008 R2, builds on the award-winning foundation of Windows Server 2008, expanding existing technology and adding new features to enable IT professionals to increase the reliability and flexibility of their server infrastructures. New virtualization tools, Web resources, management enhancements, and exciting Windows 7 integration help save time, reduce costs, and provide a platform for a dynamic and efficiently managed data center. Powerful tools such as Internet Information Services (IIS) version 7.0, updated Server Manager and Hyper-V™ platforms and Windows PowerShell version 2.0 combine to give customers greater control, increased efficiency and the ability to react to front-line business needs faster than ever before.
Using this Guide
This guide is designed to provide you with a technical overview of the new and improved features in Windows Server 2008 R2. The following figure outlines the technology investments areas of Windows Server 2008 R2:
Figure 1: Windows Server 2008 R2 technology investments
The key technology investments in Windows Server 2008 R2 include:
Virtualization. With its server virtualization technology, Windows Server 2008 R2 enables you to reduce costs, increase hardware utilization, optimize your infrastructure, and improve server availability.
Management. Windows Server 2008 R2 reduces the amount of effort you expend managing your physical and virtual data centers by providing enhanced management consoles and automation for repetitive day-to-day administrative tasks.
Web. Windows Server 2008 R2 gives you the ability to deliver rich Web-based experiences efficiently and effectively, with improved administration and diagnostics, development and application tools, and lower infrastructure costs.
Scalability and Reliability. With enterprise IT departments shouldering ever-heavier burdens, Windows Server 2008 R2 has been designed specifically with heavier workloads for both across server and client computing. On the server side, R2 includes architectural enhancements for more compute power and role componentization as well as specific features enhancing reliability and security.
Better Together With Windows 7. Windows Server 2008 R2 includes technology improvements designed with Windows 7 enterprise users in mind, augmenting the network experience, security and manageability.