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Writing a review for a Server is incredibly hard - one person's impression on the Operating System will be totally different to another, purely because both administrators have asked the software of totally different roles.
If you have used previous Windows Servers, 2008 is not massively different in terms of the UI. There are subtle differences here and there, such as the Event Viewer has had a massive overhaul, but the core components are the same.
Instead of replacing features, Server 2008 typically improves upon them, and adds new technologies. R2 pretty much refers to Revision 2 of Server 2008 - so it includes bug fixes and even more updates. It also has another level of domain & forest functionality (2008 R2), which implements the Recycle Bin for users.
The Standard Edition of Windows Server is the lowest level of Server available, so there are some features not available (Certificate Authenticator in Enterprise mode for example). Make sure you check with Microsoft before purchasing the server version is the correct one for you.
This version includes the following server roles:
Active Directory Certificate Services
Active Directory Domain Services
Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
Active Directory Rights Management Services
Network Policy and Access Services
Print and Document Services
Remote Desktop Services
Web Services (IIS)
Windows Deployment Services
Windows Server Update Services (WSUS)
This makes this version a perfect candidate as a member server of a domain, or as a domain controller, a web server.....the operating system is amazingly multi-functional, and from my experience the roles are mostly integrated very well. I think Windows Server is a solid foundation for a business network needs.
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2, built with Web and virtualization technologies, is the most robust, secure, and reliable foundation on which to develop, deliver, and manage rich user experiences and applications.
Windows Server 2008 R2, builds on the award-winning foundation of Windows Server 2008, expanding existing technology and adding features to enable IT professionals to increase the reliability and flexibility of their server infrastructures. Virtualization tools, Web resources, management enhancements, and exciting Windows 7 integration help save time, reduce costs, and provide a platform for a dynamic and efficiently managed data center. Powerful tools such as Internet Information Services (IIS) version 7.0, updated Server Manager and Hyper-V platforms and Windows PowerShell version 2.0 combine to give customers greater control, increased efficiency and the ability to react to front-line business needs faster than ever before.
|Product Description:||Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard - complete package|
|Operating System:||Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard - 64-bit|
|Licence Type:||Complete package|
|Licence Qty:||1 server, 5 CALs|