Tech News and Opinions (by Paul Spain)

Windows Server 2008 R2 (or should it be called Windows Server 2009?)

, posted: 29-Oct-2008 09:17

It appears as though Microsoft have really moved into top gear with their product development over the past couple of years and now we can expect more regular updates than during the mid-2000's.

The R2 release of Windows Server 2008 is a case in point. Less than a year after the release of Windows Server 2008 and a bunch of important new features are being touted for this update. Some of these include:

- Direct Access (SSL VPN for accessing files much like Exchange RPC over HTTPS)

- Branch Cache (BranchCache provides some of the functionality that expensive WAN Accelerators provide - think of appliances by Riverbed, Silver Peak, etc)
- Hyper-V 2.0 with live migration
- Boot from VHD
- Powershell 2.0
- Support for >64 cores
- DHCP failover
- Server Core support for .Net framework
- Improved Terminal Services
- Active Directory 'recycle bin'

For more, see the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 beta reviewers guide (Word Doc)

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