Monday, July 13, 2009

New features in Windows Server 2008 R2

July 13, 2009 Published by

Systems Channel Advisor
New features in Windows Server 2008 R2
Dave Sobel, Contributor

Windows Server 2008 R2 is slated for release on Oct. 22, which is in step with Windows 7, and offers a host of new features that solutions providers can introduce to their clients. More than a service pack, R2 comes with significant enhancements that can help drive business opportunities for VARs. They include major changes to virtualization capabilities and improved backup. And Server 2008 R2 is focused on facilitating server management, which is a great advantage for solutions providers.

Server 2008 R2 is the first operating system (OS) release from Microsoft to support 64-bit processors only. This shouldn't be a problem for most VARs, because most server-class systems are sold with 64-bit support anyway, and 32-bit servers have long been unavailable. Additionally, Server 2008 R2 now supports up to 256 cores, which is a big jump from the previous limit of 64 cores. This change significantly improves the scalability of the OS.

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