01 May 2009

Windows Server 2008 R2 - New Features

Windows Server 2008 R2 not released yet, but...let's look at the new features in Server 2008 R2...

64-bit only--Windows Server 2008 R2 marks the first time that the Windows Server OS will be 64-bit only!

Support for 256 cores--Windows Server 2008 R2, will be able to utilize up to 256 cores.

Remote Desktop Services--The new Remote Desktop Services includes support for the Aero Glass interface, multiple monitors, and DirectX 11, 10 and 9.

New Hyper-V--A new Hyper-V release is included in Server 2008 R2. In this version, VMs are able to address up to 32 cores per VM, and the use of Jumbo Frames.

Live Migration--One of the most wanted features in R2. Live Migration is Microsoft's answer to VMware's VMotion. Live Migration is built on top of R2's new Cluster Shared Volumes technology, which lets multiple cluster nodes concurrently access the same LUN.

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