Windows Server 2008 – Site Map
The idea of this page is to help those whose fingers slip and they type Sever when they mean Windows Server 2008. This page acts as a site map for Windows Server 2008.
- New Features for Windows Server 2008
- Overview of Server 2008
- Migration Advice
- Install Windows Server 2008
- Upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2
- Turn on Aero Themes
- Install on Virtual PC
- Windows Server 2008 Editions
- MAPSA Assessment Tool
- 7 Naughty but Nice Settings
- Active Directory
- Server Manager
- Server Manager – Add Roles
- Server Manager – Add Features
- Server Core (or Core Server)
- Virtualization with Hyper-V
- BCDEdit – Edit Boot Configuration Data
- DNS in Windows Server 2008
- Group Policy Preferences
- Performance Monitor
- Reliability and Perfmon
- Network Monitor
- Windows System Resource Monitor (WSRM)
- NAP (Network Access Protection)
- Differences Between IPv4 and IPv6
- Windows PowerShell
- .NET Framework
- Windows Server 8
Improvements in Microsoft’s Windows Server 2008
Five years is a long time in computing. Perhaps the 32bit verses 64bit debate is a good bellwether for the changes. In W2K3 most servers were 32bit with 64bit an options, whereas for Windows 2008 almost every server will be 64bit.
Let us remember that Windows 2008 is a server, not a fancy-dance desktop workstation. While Windows Server 2008 shares some code and features with Vista it has been designed by a different team. From what I can gather by reading blogs, and with a little inside information, the server team are seasoned professionals, who pride themselves on building a rock solid operating system. Thus we aren’t going to see the glitches with Server 2008 that we saw with Vista.
Server Manager goes right back to NT4. However, in Windows Server 2003 it took a back seat as Configure your Server or Manage your Server. Yet in Windows Server 2008 the Server Manager is central to configuration; this is the place to install roles and features and check that they are working correctly.
Windows Server 2008 also introduces Hyper-V (V for Virtualization) but only on 64bit versions. More and more companies are seeing this as a way of reducing hardware costs by running several ‘virtual’ servers on one physical machine. To get started make sure that you buy an edition of Windows Server 2008 that includes Hyper-V, then seek the Server Manger, add Roles.
While servers have always been more secure and less flashy than clients, Microsoft has made security their number one priority for Windows Server 2008. To gain maximum benefits I have always preached match clients and server, thus XP an W2K3 and now, Windows Server 2008 and Vista. Perhaps the killer reason for the latter association is DHCPv6 and IPv6. Windows Server 2003 does not support DHCPv6 for IPv6.
As Windows Sever 2008 gains in speed, efficiency and security over W2K3, so there will be knock-on improvements for their clients, particularly for Vista. Talking of Vista, features such as BitLocker and UAC are as relevant for Windows Server 2008 as they are for Vista.
Another trend of the Windows family of servers has been improved scalability, the desire to take on jobs previously carried on by main frame databases. For this high-end role, Windows Server 2008 has better support for failover clustering.
Although Microsoft has more GUIs than ever, it is perceived to be easier, to configure Server 2008 from the command line using PowerShell. The vision behind PowerShell is to provide cmdlets (scripts) which automate repetitive tasks, much like UNIX administrators use BASH in their UNIX shells.
You have to think that Microsoft has had plenty of time to build on Windows Server 2003 (even on R2 of W2K3). Again the reverse is hardly more palatable, customers never forgive product which is rushed out, even if it catches up later.
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New Vista-like Features
Here are ‘Longhorn’ features found in Vista, which are incidental to Windows Server 2008, but nevertheless useful.
- AERO – Replaces XP’s Luna Desktop
- The New Windows Explorer
- Explorer’s Virtual Folders
- User Account Control (UAC)
- ClickOnce and MSI
New Technologies Related to Windows Server 2008
Most of these ‘code words’ transformed into more recognisable features of Windows Sever 2008. However a few have been abandoned, or placed on the back-burner.
- Avalon Display System
- Palladium the name for Generation Secure Computing Base (NGSCB)
- Indigo to provide secure communication
- Viridian = Windows Virtualization
- WinFx = Windows Frameworks, now called .NET Framework 3.0
- WinFS = Windows Future Storage
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