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|Summary||Windows Server 2008 is Microsoft's replacement for Windows Server 2003 using the Windows Vista code base. Windows Server 2008 R2 is based on the Windows 7 code base. Its main technology changes include improved security and new management features. Two variants of Standard include or exclude hypervisor based virtualization (called Hyper-V).
Standard Edition offers key server functionality for most situations. It can be installed in two configurations - full or server core, which has lower system requirements.
Starting with R2, only 64-bit servers are supported.
|News||22-Feb-2011 Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 available.
22-Jul-2009 Windows Server 2008 R2 released.
27-Feb-08 Windows Server 2008 released.
12-Nov-2007 Pricing Announced, starting at $469 for Web Edition.
4-Oct-2007 The first release candidate available, RC0.
16-Jul-2007 Released delayed until Feb-27-2008
16-May-2007 Name announced "Windows Server 2008" with partner support
25-April-2007 Longhorn Server Beta 3 ships
23-May-2006 Longhorn Beta 2 ships
21-Mar-2006 Microsoft postpones consumer versions of Vista until January 2007. Corporate versions are still planned for November 2006.
22-Jul-2005 Microsoft announces product name - Windows Vista
27-Aug-2004 Microsoft to remove WinFS from first release to try and release Longhorn in 2006.
This is a new desktop and server OS, planned for release in 2003 or 2004.
(InfoWeek Dec 10, 2001, pg 45).
|Product||Windows Server 2008 R2|
|Processor||1.4 GHz x86 Processor (64-bit) or better|
|RAM||512 MB minimum, 2 GB or more recommended, 2 GB required for full installation.|
|Drive space||10 GB minimum, 32 GB recommended for full installation, 80 GB optimal, more if more than 16 GB RAM installed|
|Drives||DVD drive required|
|Video||SVGA (800x600) or better|
|File systems||NTFS, FAT32|
|Compatibility||Support for legacy WIn32 applications, but existing Windows (pre-Vista) applications and drivers may need to be modified to work under Server 2008.|
|Installation||Installs from network or DVD, requires activation within 60 days of installation.|
Windows release timeline
Microsoft Servers Pressroom
|Books||Server 2008 Categories: All -Development - Enterprise - MCTS
Phone 1-206-635-7000 (support)
|Alternatives||Windows Server 2003, Linux, Solaris|
|Secrets||Click here for Microsoft codename's.|
|Pricing||Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard $1029 (with 5 CALs)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise $3,999 (with 25 CALs)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter $2,999 (per processor)
Windows Server 2008 R2 Web $469