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Introduction to Windows Server® 2008 R2

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Windows Server 2008 R2 is the latest version of the Windows Server operating system from Microsoft. Building on the features and capabilities of the Windows Server 2008 release version, Windows Server 2008 R2 allows you to create solution organizations that are easier to plan, deploy, and manage than previous versions of Windows Server.
Building upon the increased security, reliability, and performance provided by Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 extends connectivity and control to local and remote resources. This means your organizations can benefit from reduced costs and increased efficiencies gained through enhanced management and control over resources across the enterprise.

  • Virtualization. With its server virtualization technology, Windows Server 2008 R2 enables you to reduce costs, increase hardware utilization, optimize your infrastructure, and improve server availability.
  • Management. Windows Server 2008 R2 reduces the amount of effort you expend managing your physical and virtual data centers by providing enhanced management consoles and automation for repetitive day-to-day administrative tasks.
  • Web. Windows Server 2008 R2 gives you the ability to deliver rich Web-based experiences efficiently and effectively, with improved administration and diagnostics, development and application tools, and lower infrastructure costs.
  • Scalability and Reliability. Windows Server 2008 R2 has been specifically designed to support increased workloads with less resource utilization on server computers. Windows Server 2008 R2 supports these increased workloads while enhancing reliability and security.
  • Better Together With Windows® 7. Windows Server 2008 R2 includes technology improvements designed with Windows 7 enterprise users in mind, augmenting the network experience, security, and manageability.

Microsoft Windows Server® 2008 R2 gives IT Professionals more control over their server and network infrastructure, and provides an enterprise-class foundation for business workloads. Microsoft enables organizations to deliver rich Web-based experiences efficiently and effectively, by reducing the amount of effort required to administer and support your Web-based applications. The powerful Virtualization technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2 enable you to increase your server consolidation ratios, while reducing the amount of administrative effort required for managing the infrastructure.

Through increased automation and improved remote administration, Windows Server 2008 R2 helps organizations save money and time, by reducing travel expenses, decreasing energy consumption, and automating repetitive IT tasks. When combined with Windows 7 client operating system, the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in Windows Server 2008 enables you to provide your employees with anywhere access to corporate data and resources, while helping to maintain the security of your enterprise systems.

For more information, download the free Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 E-Book.