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Key features in the upcoming Windows Server 2008 R2

Microsoft plans to release an R2 edition of Windows Server 2008 in 2009 or 2010. Here are the key features of the R2 release that you need to know.

When Windows Server 2008 R2 is released in 2009 or 2010 (that is the current projected timeframe), there will be some important features about this release. The most prominent is that Windows Server 2008 will solely be an x64 platform with the R2 release. This will make the upgrade to x64 platforms not really a surprise, as all current server class hardware is capable of 64-bit computing. There is one last window of time to get a 2008 release of Windows still on a 32-bit platform before R2 is released, so do it now for those difficult applications that don't seem to play well on x64 platforms.

Beyond the processor changes, here are the other important features of the R2 release of Windows Server 2008:

Hyper-V improvements: The Hyper-V is planned to offer Live Migration as an improvement to the initial release of Quick Migration; Hyper-V will measure the migration time in milliseconds. This will be a solid point in the case for Hyper-V compared to VMware's ESX or other hypervisor platforms. Hyper-V will also include support for additional processors and Second Level Translation (SLAT). PowerShell 2.0: PowerShell 2.0 has been out in a beta release and Customer Technology Preview capacity, but it will be fully baked into Windows Server 2008 R2 upon its release. PowerShell 2.0 includes over 240 new commands, as well as a graphical user interface. Further, PowerShell will be able to be installed on Windows Server Core. Core Parking: This feature of Windows Server 2008 will constantly assess the amount of processing across systems with multiple cores, and under certain configurations, suspend new work being sent to the cores. Then with the core idle, it can be sent to a sleep mode and reduce the overall power consumption of the system.

All of these new features will be welcome and add great functionality to the Windows Server admin. The removal of x86 support is not entirely a surprise, but the process needs to be set in motion now for how to address any legacy applications.

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About

Rick Vanover is a software strategy specialist for Veeam Software, based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick has years of IT experience and focuses on virtualization, Windows-based server administration, and system hardware.

8 comments
davemcfall
davemcfall

This sounds very good for companies with deeper pockets than mine. Upgrading is generally expensive and a cost that is hard to justify and my current hardware is 2 years old running Server 2003. I do plan to move to Server 2008 software soon. I do not see an upgrade for the next year so. But forcing a upgrade to 64bit software is not a solution to meet my needs at this time when my applications are not designed to run on 64bit.

csmith.kaze
csmith.kaze

Isn't the whole point of powershell to get away from the multitude of clicks that are usually required in a GUI?

mike.connell
mike.connell

About time we were pushed into 64bits. I just wished they would do the same with Windows 7.

Alan0
Alan0

Why not do it both ways, and if you do something in the GUI, perhaps you can 'flip' to the script and see how it should be done. That is probably the best answer all round as it will migrate people to being quicker and more efficient. Alan.

twometertwo
twometertwo

Since most of the administration tools for the next generation of MS tools sit on top of POSH, users not yet familiar with working in a CLI will need something to help them get acquainted.

stvnchrs
stvnchrs

It has been interesting since exchange has been 64 bit that Microsoft has released only 64 bit platforms before there was any antivirus programs that would support it. There are now a few that are very limited but it is crazy to go with a platform with very limited protection.

chansen
chansen

Use the services of Katharion in conjunction with NOD32 and you'll be a superstar.

mhorany
mhorany

in conjuction with clhansen...NOD32 is awesome antivirus software. They were on the x64 band wagon long ago.