Meet Windows 7’s Best Friend
As Windows 7’s October 22 launch date approaches, Microsoft has started describing why its server counterpart — Windows Server 2008 R2 — could also be a hit with customers. Here’s a quick look at what’s coming in R2, and why VARs should care.
A quick check of Microsoft’s Windows Sever blog provides plenty of info, but here’s a theory: Microsoft’s desktop operating system launches typically benefit from solid server-side Microsoft launches. At least, that was the buzz at the recent SMB Nation conference in Las Vegas.
The big deal is Hyper-V and Live Migration, which allows a complete server virtualization solution right out of the box. You can also shuffle VMs between actual servers with no downtime for server connections. Plus, there’s a new Active Directory user interface. Enhancements include a Recycling Bin to help better manage computers and users and improved Group Policy objects. If you’re the kind who thinks less is more, the “server core installation” has also been optimized so you can run R2 naked, without a GUI.
Microsoft is also looking to “go green” by lowering your electric bill and being more power-efficient. A priority development for the Server Team, Server 2008 R2 will now automatically tweak your processor, storage devices and other miscellaneous hardware for the best possible power-configuration based on your load.
Already have Windows Server 2008? An upgrade to R2 doesn’t require any more CALs (Client Access Licenses). That’s good news for end-customers.
The bottom line stressed by Oliver Rist at the development blog is that Windows 2008 Server R2 is “about two key design goals: dialing down costs and dialing up functionality and productivity.”
With that said, here’s a theory: Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 may give each other a lift.