Microsoft continues to be the most applied technology gateway for business networks. In the recent past there were concerns on the Windows Server Series from 2000 – 2003 especially on information security.
Microsoft products have evolved to include self analytical programs to complement this. In this range there exist Windows Defender, Windows Firewall, Forefront and Baseline analyzer. All these continuously check on PC or Server or Network for recommended setting, crucial alerts like updates, malicious software and intrusion. Forefront and Baseline analyzer goes even further to mention all the above against best practices giving hints for the same.
Windows Server 2008 R2 answers most of what we experienced as loopholes in terms of security to earlier versions. Windows® Server® 2008 R2 is a release that builds on the Windows Server 2008 foundation.
Having progressed from Windows Server 2008. IS is recored that this is the second that both a server and client were released together. Windows Server 2000 was the first. And while Windows 7 is available in both 32- and 64-bit versions, R2 is the first 64-bit only Server release.
Cloud computing gives more space for storage, redundancy and mirrored services. So Windows Server 2008 has the following features that enhance earlier virtualization capacities:
- Hyper – V with Live Migration
- Hot Add/Remove VM Storage
- Remote Desktop Services
- Power consumption of servers has always been an issue now Microsoft promises more for less power with the Power Management module.
- Power Shell 2.0
- AD Administarive Center that encompasses all access, identity and rights management
- Best Practises Analyzer to benchmark configuration made and monitoring management
Services and applications alike now have a more robust platform to be hosted and managed. Microsoft has packaged the following with the release:
- IIS 7.5
- Asp.Net on Server Core
- Web Management
- Web Publishing
With organization always wary of Scalability and Reliability, Windows Server 2008 R2 has >64 Core Support Componentization.
This release is said to better synchronize with Windows 7 client sides and also:
- DirectAccess TM
- BranchCache TM
- Enhanced Group Policies
- Remote Desktop
- & Applications Connections
With their quite catchy phrase “Microsoft Your Potential, our passion” maybe this will answer most of our earlier concerns on networks. It is also worthy to note that Microsoft will stop the support of Windows Server 2000 in 2011.