Windows Server 2008 R2 – three new documents available for download


Three documents providing some details about Windows Server 2008 R2 have been posted on the microsoft.com website. These documents provide some insight into this upcoming release of Windows Server. A pre-release version was also shared with partners and customers during a few recent public conferences (including the PDC 2008 and WinHEC 2008).

Here is some additional information on these three documents:


Top 10 Reasons to Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2

Document outline:

  • Powerful Hardware and Scaling Features
  • Reduced Power Consumption
  • Hyper-V™ in Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Increased Desktop Management Efficiencies
  • Easier and More Efficient Server Management
  • PowerShell 2.0
  • Ubiquitous Remote Access
  • Improved Branch Office Performance and Management
  • Improved Compliance with Established Best Practices
  • The Strongest Web and Application Server To Date

Download document from:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/2/1/f2146213-4ac0-4c50-b69a-12428ff0b077/Top_10_Reasons_to_Upgrade_to_WS08R2.doc


Top 10 IT Pro Tasks Made Easier by Windows Server 2008 R2

Document outline:

  • Migrating VMs Without Service Interruption
  • Branch File Access Performance Up; WAN Costs Down
  • Self-adjusting Server and Data Center Power Management
  • Remote Server Management
  • Squeeze the Most From Your Hardware
  • Do Better At Managing Virtual Data Centers
  • Create Customized and Automated Management Tools
  • Use Virtualization to Ease Desktop Management
  • Broaden Remote Access Adoption While Making it Easier to Manage
  • Take Your Web and Application Serving To The Next Level

Download document from:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/f/2/1/f2146213-4ac0-4c50-b69a-12428ff0b077/Top_10_IT_Pro_Tasks_Made_Easier_By_WS08R2.doc


Windows Server 2008 R2 (Beta) Reviewers Guide

Document outline:

  • Introduction to Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Overview
    • Using this Guide
  • Getting Started
    • System Requirements 
    • Installation and Activation
      • Windows Server 2008 R2 Installation
      • Windows Server 2008 R2 Activation
  • Virtualization
    • Improved Virtualization with Hyper-V™
      • Increased Availability for Virtual Data Centers
      • Live Migration Support through Cluster Shared Volumes
      • Improved Cluster Node Connectivity Fault Tolerance
      • Enhanced Cluster Validation Tool
      • Improved Migration of Cluster Workloads
      • Improved Management of Virtual Data Centers
      • Simplified Method for Physical and Virtual Computer Deployments
    • Terminal Services Becomes Remote Desktop Services for Improved Presentation Virtualization
      • Remote Desktop Services and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
  • Management
    • Improved Data Center Power Consumption Management
      • Reduced Multicore Processor Power Consumption
      • Reduced Processor Power Consumption
      • Reduced Storage Power Consumption
    • Improved Remote Administration
    • Reduced Administrative Effort for Interactive Administrative Tasks
    • Enhanced Command-line and Automated Management
    • Improved Identity Management
      • Improvements for All Active Directory Server Roles
      • Improvements in Active Directory Domain Services
      • Improvements in Active Directory Federated Services
    • Improved Compliance with Established Standards and Best Practices
  • Web
    • Reduced Effort to Administer and Support Web-based Applications
      • Reduced Administrative Effort
      • Reduced Support and Troubleshooting Effort
    • Enhanced Web Application Security
    • Improved File Transfer Services
    • Ability to Extend Functionality and Features
    • Improved Availability and Performance for Web-based Applications and Services
  • Solid Foundation for Enterprise Workloads
    • Scalability and Reliability
      • Leveraging Sophisticated CPU Architectures
      • Increased Operating System Componentization
      • Improved Performance and Scalability for Applications and Services
      • Improved Storage Solutions
      • Improved Availability for Automated IP Configuration Services
      • Improved Security for DNS Services
    • Better Together with Windows 7
      • Simplified Remote Connectivity for Corporate Computers
      • Secured Remote Connectivity for Private and Public Computers
      • Improved Performance for Branch Offices
      • Improved Security for Branch Offices
      • More Efficient Power Management
      • Improved Virtualized Desktop Integration
      • Higher Fault Tolerance for Connectivity Between Sites
      • Increased Protection for Removable Drives
      • Improved Prevention of Data Loss for Mobile Users

Download document from:
http://download.microsoft.com/download/F/2/1/F2146213-4AC0-4C50-B69A-12428FF0B077/Windows_Server_2008_R2_Reviewers_Guide_(BETA).doc


I recommend that you visit the new web site for Windows Server 2008 R2, which includes the links to the documents above and more:
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/R2.aspx