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WIN2008 – Editions

Windows Server 2008 - Editions
Windows Server 2008 is a operating system for servers. It is the follow-up for Windows Server 2003. Windows Server 2008 is the last version that is build for 32 and 64-bit.

Server Core
This is the most remarkable feature of Windows Server 2008. In essential Server Core is a slimmed down version of Windows Server 2008 without Windows Explorer. All the settings and maintenance must be done through the command line interface or remotely by using the Remote Management Console (RSAT). Server Core doesn't contain .NET or Internet Explorer. Do note that Server Core is only available for Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter.

A Server Core machine can be configured for several basic roles: Domain Controller, ADLDS, DNS-server, DHCP-server, file server, print server, Windows Media Server, IIS and Hyper-V.

Web, Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter
The biggest differences between these versions are maximum RAM, socket count and availability of Hyper V.

Storage Server
Built on Windows Server 2008 the Windows Storage Server provides a platform for network-attached storage appliances. It is optimised for delivering a better file serving experience.

Small Business Server
Is specially designed for small businesses to increase productivity and to protect the data better than before. SBS holds Exchange 1007, Sharepoint, Server Update, Forefront Security, Live OneCare and Integration with Office Live Small Business. As for the premium version of SBS, SQL Server 2008 is also included.

Windows Server 2008 R2
R2 is the most recent version of Windows Server do note that R2 can only be installed on a 64-bit CPU.

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