Windows Server 2008

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Windows Server 2008
Window's server 2008 was officially released on Febuary 27, 2008 and is the most up to date Microsoft Windows' server line of operating systems. Microsoft used Windows server 2008 to bring together a series of different releases that were tied to its server OS and integrated them using the Windows Vista code to produce a more solid and reliable server.

History of Windows and Events leading up to Windows Server 2008
Around 1993 was when it all began, Windows first introduced Windows NT advanced server, and this was the basic network operating server. Following the release of that in 1994 Windows enhanced it and released Windows NT server 3.5. In 1995 Windows really seemed to catch up to speed with their release of the NT server 3.51. In that same year they released Windows 95 Desktop Operating System. This was a huge milestone for Microsoft because it introduced the first graphical user interface. But in 1996 things really began to enhance with the release of NT server 4.0. It introduced Internet Information Server 2.0 Web Server into the Microsoft Server operating system package, this meant you now had a free web server. Then in 1997, NT Server 4.0 came out and this was an enhanced version for large corporate customers. After this in 1998 the terminal server edition came out and this gave the ability for non Windows clients to connect to the network. In 2000 Windows saw a massive upgrade with the release of Windows Server 2000. It was the first time we saw XML support in Microsoft server products. then in 2003 microsoft launched Windows Server 2003, and this was the first time we saw the .NET framework funtionality on the server. in the 2003 version we also saw many improvements in the security of the server. Following the 2003 versions Windows went through a series of trial and errors to finally reach the enhanced Windows Server 2008.

Windows Server 2008 Editions

Windows Server 2008 Foundation R2
Windows Server 2008 Foundation R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation is a cost-effective, entry-level server software, targeting small business owners and IT generalists.

Windows Server 2008 Standard R2
Windows Server 2008 Standard R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard was designed to increase reliability and flexibility of the server infrastructure while saving you time and keeping costs low. Enhanced security helps keep your data and network even more secure, making your business highly dependable and functional.

Windows Server 2008 Enterprise R2
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise is an advanced software platform which provides highly cost-effective and reliable support for bigger workloads. It offers innovative features for virtualization, power savings, and manageability, making it easier for mobile users to access company resources.

Windows Server 2008 Datacenter R2
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter is the most powerful large-scale server platform for deploying business-critical applications and integrating mobile solutions for branch workers. Scale from two to 64 processors, Windows Server Datacenter provides a solid foundation on which to build enterprise-class virtualization and scale-up solutions.


Windows Web Server 2008 R2
Windows Web Server 2008 R2

Windows Web Server 2008 R2 was designed exclusively as an Internet-facing server, offering administrative and diagnostic tools to help reduce costs. It includes Web Server and DNS Server roles, improving reliability, allowing you to manage various Web server interfaces.

Windows HPC Server 2008
Windows HPC Server 2008

Windows HPC Server 2008 can effectively scale to thousands of processing cores and includes management consoles that help you to proactively monitor and maintain system health and stability. Flexibility enables integration between Windows and Linux based HPC platforms.

Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems R2
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems virtualizes deployment with rights to run an unlimited number of virtual instances of Windows Servers. It offers an enterprise-class platform for deploying business-critical applications.

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Types Of Installs

Full install
•You have complete and total access to everything on the operating system.


Core install
The Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2008 provides the following benefits:

•Reduced maintenance - Because the Server Core installation option installs only what is required to have a manageable server for the AD DS, AD LDS, DHCP Server, DNS Server, File Services, Print Services, and Streaming Media Services roles, less maintenance is required than on a full installation of Windows Server 2008.

•Reduced attack surface - Because Server Core installations are minimal, there are fewer applications running on the server, which decreases the attack surface.

•Reduced management - Because fewer applications and services are installed on a server running the Server Core installation, there is less to manage.

•Less disk space required - A Server Core installation requires only about 1 gigabyte (GB) of disk space to install and approximately 2 GB for operations after the installation.

•Lower risk of bugs - Reducing the amount of code can help reduce the amount of bugs.



Windows Server 2008 vs Linux / Unix vs Xserver


Mac XServer

Windows Server is available in around half a dozen different variations, each with different pricing and feature sets aimed at specific environments. By contrast, there is only a single version of Mac OS X Server that makes all features available to anyone who buys it. Also, Mac OS X Server comes with only two license variations, a 10-client version and an unlimited client version. Both allow for replication of their directory services among multiple servers to boost fault tolerance and performance, particularly in organizations with multiple work sites connected by slow network links or with many users and workstations within individual sites.

Unix VS Window Server


Total Cost
Unix becomes very expensive to maintain and upgrade.
Window Server is less expensive to purchase and maintain than typical UNIX solutions.
Mission
Unix can be scalable, reliable, and secure; if maintained.
Window Server has class reliability and performance.
Applications, Partners and Choice
Unix has fewer IT professionals trained on each platform, and not all enterprise solutions are supported by many versions of Unix.
Window Server has more IT professionals trained, and is increasing on Windows being their main platform.
Next Generation Technologies
Unix doesn't provide the business value in today's climate. Unix has old technology and has outdated vision.
Window Server is the most popular platform for the next generation of business applications (.net, Windows, Microsoft, etc.).


Linux VS Window Server


Total Cost
Linux is based on annual subscriptions for OS support and you have to pay extra for 24/7 help support.
Window Server has a reduced downtime and better managability which means the server has a lower tco.
Reliability
Window Server is easy to configure and manage which equals a more reliable platform.
Linux, on the other hand, isn't easy to configure because, there are many changes being made to their operating systems.
Security
Window Server is a comprehensive approach to security which equals quality software, proactive security management, and innovative technologies.
The average days of risk for windows server vulnerabilities was 73 percent lower than linux.
Choice
When migrating between Linux distributions, costs become significant, with a large cost range at the end.
Which makes IT organizations have fewer choices for applications, channel partners, etc.
Window Server provides customers with more choice than any other server platform.
Manageability
Linux has a yum update tool to help people download packages and software, but doesn't address IT professionals broader needs.
Window Server and management tools allow individuals to do more in less time.

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