Microsoft announced today the Release Candidate of Windows Server 2008 R2.
Windows Server 2008 R2 is the next version of Windows Server operating system from Microsoft. A Beta version of Windows Server 2008 R2 released exactly 3 month ago, and now it’s already in RC stage.
Windows Server 2008 R2 RC can be download from Microsoft Download Center.
As published with the beta release, Windows Server 2008 R2 is going to include several improvements from it’s predecessor. These improvements include the following:
Improved Web Application Platform
“Windows Server 2008 R2 includes an updated Web server role, Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.5, and greater support for .NET on Server Core. The Design goals for IIS 7.5 concentrated on improvements that enable Web administrators to more easily deploy and manage Web applications, that increase both reliability and scalability. Additionally, IIS 7.5 has streamlined management capabilities and provides more ways to customize your Web serving environment….” (Read More)
Server and Desktop Virtualization
“Windows Server 2008 R2 provides the following virtualization types: Client and Server virtualization provided by Hyper-V and Presentation virtualization with Remote Desktop Services. Hyper-V virtualizes the system resources of a physical computer allowing you to provide a virtualized environment for operating systems and applications. Remote Desktop Services (formally known as Terminal Services) virtualizes a processing environment and isolates the processing from the graphics and I/O, making it possible to run an application in one location but have it be controlled in another. Presentation virtualization allows users to run a single application, or a complete desktop offering multiple applications…” (Read More)
Improved Power Management and Streamlining Management
“Windows Server 2008 R2 has new features to reduce the ongoing management of Windows Server 2008 R2 and to reduce the administrative effort for common day-to-day operational tasks. And these administrative tasks can be performed on the server or remotely…” (Read More)
Scalability and Reliability
“Windows Server 2008 R2 is capable of unprecedented workload size, dynamic scalability, and across-the-board availability and reliability. A host of new and updated features will be available, including leveraging sophisticated CPU architectures, increased operating system componentization, and improved performance and scalability for applications and services. Also, Windows Server 2008 R2 is the first Windows operating system to be offered for only 64-bit processors…” (Read More)
Better Together with Windows 7
“Windows Server 2008 R2 has many features that are designed to specifically work with client computers running Windows 7, including simplifying remote connectivity for corporate computers by using the DirectAccess feature, Secured remote connectivity for private and public computers by using a combination of the Remote Workspace, Presentation Virtualization, and Remote Desktop Services Gateway features, and Improved performance for branch offices by using the BranchCache feature…” (Read More)
Today, Microsoft also released Windows 7 Release Candidate and Windows Virtual PC with Virtual Windows XP/Windows XP Mode.