The first release of Windows Server 2003 displayed the Manage Your Server dialog box after Windows finished installing. R2 provides you with the Windows Server Post-Setup Security Updates screen first.
The DFS Replication Engine has been completely rewritten. The new multi master replication engine supports multiple replication topologies. If a WAN link fails, data can be stored at a hub server and forwarded when the link becomes available again.
The Password Synchronization portion of the Microsoft Identity Management for UNIX console allows passwords to be synchronized between Windows and UNIX environments. If a user changes their Windows password, the user's UNIX password is changed as well, and visa versa.
Although technically not included with R2 (at least not with my copy anyway), Virtual Server is worth paying attention to. Microsoft has licensed R2 to run up to four virtual servers per physical server at no additional cost!
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