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Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (Coursework)

Word count: 1988 words 10/12/2010

1.0 Introduction.
2.1 Presentation
2.2 Problematic
2.3 Windows 2008 Server in General

2.0 Features
3.4 Server Core
3.5 Virtualization
3.6 Active Directory Roles
3.7 NTFS Self-Healing
3.8 Windows System Resource Manager
3.9Failover Clustering
3.10 Server Manager
3.11 Internet Information Server (IIS) 7
3.12 Other features
3.13.1 Networking Improvements
3.13.2 BitLocker
3.13.3 Offline Domain Join
3.13.4 Read-Only Domain Controller

3.0 Conclusion.

4.0 Reference Sources.

1.0 Introduction.

2.1 Presentation
Currently, Windows Server 2008is the last release of the Microsoft Windows' server line of operating systems.
Over the years, it has evolved quite dramatically what began as Windows NT in the early 1990s or even Windows 2000 Server. With the release of Windows 2008, Microsoft again offers a number of enhancements and new technologies in order to provide a scalable enterprise networking platform and a solid foundation foryour information technology (IT) infrastructure.

1.2 Problematic
Throughout this essay we will try to answer the following question:
What Windows 2008 Server offers, where the main changes/improvements have occurred and what new features have been introduced since Windows 2003 Server ?

1.3 Windows 2008 Server in General
Originally known as Windows Server Codename "Longhorn", Windows Server2008 is an Operating System oriented server developed by Microsoft on February 4, 2008. He succeeds to the hugely popular Windows 2003 Server. Then follow on December 6, 2005 Windows Server 2003 R2 (updated). And finally comes Windows Server 2008 R2 on July 22, 2009.

As Windows 7 and Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 is built on Windows NT 6.x.
Furthermore Windows Server 2008 carries much ofthe same architecture and core functionality with Windows Vista.
Windows Server 2008 builds on the features found in Windows Server 2003, it brings together the best of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2003.
Moreover, such as Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 comes in a number of versions and a number of editions intended to provide key functionality to support any sized business and ITchallenge. The four main product editions are Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, Windows Server 2008 Datacenter and Windows Web Server 2008.
Due to all the improvements and new features, Windows Server 2008 is more reliable, more scalable and easier to install.

2.0 Features.

2.1 Server Core
New to Windows Server 2008 is Server Core, a minimal-installationoption, is a GUI-less version of the operating system. The Windows interface will not be installed and only provides access to a command shell window.
Windows Server 2008 Server Core contains only those modules and subsystems necessary for a high-availability server that involve fewer updates and less servicing.

But, on the other hand, Server Core does not support all the roles and features.Roles:
* Web Server (IIS)
* File Services
* Print Server
* Windows-server virtualization
* Active Directory Domain Services
* Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS)
* Domain Name Service (DNS) Server
* DHCP (Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol) server
* Streaming Media Services

* BitLocker Drive Encryption
* Failover Clustering* Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)
* Network Load Balancing
* Quality of Service (QoS)
* Backup
* Removable Storage
* Windows Internet Name Service (WINS)
* Multipath IO
* Telnet client
* Subsystem for UNIX-based applications

Windows Server 2008 Server Core requires far fewer resources.
Moreover, it can perform some tasks considerably faster...
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