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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 DataCenter include or exclude hypervisor based virtualization (called Hyper-V).

Datacenter Edition expands upon Enterprise Edition with support for more CPUs and memory. It also includes unlimited virtual image use rights.

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 Datacenter
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, 40 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
Interface GUI
Installation Installs from network or DVD, requires activation within 60 days of installation.
Variants Standard

Windows release timeline
Jul-2005 Beta 1
May-2006 Beta 2
Apr-2007 Beta 3
Oct-2007 Release Candidate 0
Feb-2008 First release (SP1)
Jan-2009 SP2 Beta
May-2009 SP2
Jul-2009 2008 R2 releaed
Feb-2011 SP1

Links Microsoft
Microsoft Servers Pressroom
Books Server 2008 Categories: All -Development - Enterprise - MCTS

Top titles

Microsoft Corporation
One Microsoft Way
Redmond, WA 98052 USA

Phone 1-206-635-7000 (support)

Support Yes
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

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