Windows Server 2008 builds on the success and strengths of its Windows
Server predecessors while delivering valuable new functionality and
powerful improvements to the base operating system. New Web tools,
virtualization technologies, security enhancements, and management
utilities help save time, reduce costs, and provide a solid foundation
for your information technology (IT) infrastructure.
A Solid Foundation for
Windows Server 2008 provides a solid foundation for all of your
server workload and application requirements while also being easy
to deploy and manage. The all new Server Manager provides a unified
management console that simplifies and streamlines server setup,
configuration, and ongoing management. Windows PowerShell, a new
command-line shell, helps enable administrators to automate routine
system administration tasks across multiple servers. Windows
Deployment Services provides a simplified, highly secure means of
rapidly deploying the operating system via network-based
installations. And Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering wizards,
and full Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) support plus
consolidated management of Network Load Balancing, make high
availability easy to implement even by IT generalists.
The new Server Core installation option of Windows Server 2008
allows for installation of server roles with only the necessary
components and subsystems without a graphical user interface. Fewer
roles and features means minimizing disk and service footprints
while reducing attack surfaces. It also enables your IT staff to
specialize according to the server roles they need to support.
Windows Server Hyper-V, the next-generation hypervisor-based server
virtualization technology, allows you to make the best use of your
server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles
as separate virtual machines running on a single physical machine.
You can also efficiently run multiple operating systems - Windows,
Linux, and others – in parallel on a single server. With Hyper-V and
simple licensing policies, it's now easier than ever to take
advantage of the cost savings of virtualization.
Applications can also be efficiently virtualized using Windows
Server 2008 centralized application access technologies. Terminal
Services Gateway and Terminal Services RemoteApp allow easy remote
access to standard Windows-based programs from anywhere by running
them on a terminal server instead of directly on a client computer -
without the need for a complicated virtual private network (VPN).
Built for the Web
Windows Server 2008 comes with Internet Information Services 7.0
(IIS 7.0), a Web server and security-enhanced, easy-to-manage
platform for developing and reliably hosting Web applications and
services. A major enhancement to the Windows Web platform, IIS 7.0
includes a componentized architecture for greater flexibility and
control. IIS 7.0 also provides simplified management, powerful
diagnostic and troubleshooting capabilities that save time, and
Internet Information Server IIS 7.0 together with the .NET Framework
3.0 provides a comprehensive platform for building applications that
connect users and data, enabling them to visualize, share, and act
on information. Additionally, IIS 7.0 plays a central role in
unifying Microsoft's Web platform technologies—ASP.NET, Windows
Communication Foundation Web services, and Windows SharePoint
Windows Server 2008 is the most secure Windows Server yet. The
operating system has been hardened to help protect against failure
and several new technologies help prevent unauthorized connections
to your networks, servers, data, and user accounts. Network Access
Protection (NAP) helps ensure that computers that try to connect to
your network comply with your organization's security policy.
Technology integration and several enhancements make Active
Directory services a potent unified and integrated Identity and
Access (IDA) solution. And Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) and
BitLocker Drive Encryption allow you to more securely deploy your AD
database at branch office locations.
The benefits and cost savings of Windows Server 2008 extend to
Windows HPC Server 2008 for your high performance computing (HPC)
environment. Windows HPC Server 2008 is built on Windows Server
2008, x64-bit technology and can efficiently scale to thousands of
processing cores with out-of-the-box functionality to improve the
productivity, and reduce the complexity of your HPC environment.
Windows HPC Server 2008 enables broader adoption by providing a rich
and integrated end-user experience that scales from the desktop
application to the clusters, and includes a comprehensive set of
deployment, administration, and monitoring tools that are easy to
deploy, manage, and integrate with your existing infrastructure.