Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Datacenter.

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Datacenter.
Microsoft Windows Server is a server operating system designed to more efficiently handling corporate networking, Internet/intranet hosting, databases, enterprise-scale messaging and similar functions
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Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is one of the lines of the server of operating systems from Microsoft Windows. It was officially released in February 2008. It was released after the introduction of Windows Server 2003. It was however released for the second time in 2009 in the name of Windows Server 2008 R2.

The Windows Server 2008 involves the same code base as Windows Vista in its making, due to which it is similar to Windows Vista as far as its function and architecture is concerned. Moreover, as the code base is same as Windows Vista it comes with similar features of security management and technical and administration.

Before opting for the installation of Windows Server 2008 it is always better to get a thorough knowledge of the various editions available. In addition, you should also know about the related hardware equipment. You should also know about the options for an upgrade which come with each edition. Here we will discuss the Windows Server 2008 editions and also the suggested requirements of hardware.


Windows Server 2008 – Standard Edition

This is an entry level server offering from Windows Server 2008. The best part of this edition it that it is less expensive. It is available only in 64-bit versions and supports up to 4 processors and 32GB of RAM. It is ideal for small businesses or SMBs and is best for providing web, DNS, print, application services and file. However, as far as support for clustering is concerned it is not found in this edition.

Windows Server 2008 – Enterprise Edition

As compared to Standard edition the Windows Server 2008 Enterprise edition gives fabulous scalability and functionality. Moreover, unlike the Windows Server Standard edition, this server can support up to 8 processors and up to 2TB of RAM.

In addition, you also get support for up to 8 nodes in this edition. The good thing is that you can upgrade Windows Server 2000, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2000 Standard Edition etc to this edition.

Windows Web Server 2008

Windows Web server is basically a version of Windows Server 2008 which is built for giving services of the web. These services include IIS or Internet Information Services along with services like SMTP and Telnet. It comes with only 64-bit version and can support up to 4 processors. The RAM is 32GB.

However, this web server does not contain many features that are present in other editions like Bitlocker drive encryption, Windows Internet Naming Services, multipath I/O and SAN management.

Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition – The best server out there

The Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition is considered to be the best of the Windows Server 2008 range of products. It requires not only stability but it also requires high levels of uptime. Windows Server 2008 Datacenter edition is attached to the hardware with the application of HAL or Hardware Abstraction Layers. The fact is that you can only obtain Datacenter edition as part of the purchase of hardware. With other versions, the editions of Datacenter come with 64-bit version and supports up to 2TB RAM. This edition can support at least 8 processors and up to a maximum of 64. You can upgrade your Datacenter editions of Windows 200 and 2003 to Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition.

  • The Datacenter edition is designed specifically for the large enterprise market. It is different to the enterprise edition in terms of a number of virtual machines. You can use a unlimited number of virtual machines with a single license in Datacenter edition.
  • Usually, a license of the Datacenter is linked to a physical server in the form of OEM which means that you can only get them together. The reason is that these servers are very expensive and can cost tens or even hundreds of thousand dollars.

System Requirements

These are minimum system requirements for installing Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Datacenter.

Before you even invest in time and resources for the installation and downloading of Windows Server 2008 you need to have the right knowledge of the state of hardware required to run it.

  • Processor You need to have a minimum 1GHz (x86) or 1.4 GHz (x64) processor. If you can get a 2GHz or faster processor it is better. In case you are using an Itanium-based system you need to have Itanium 2 processor.
  • Memory You need to have a minimum 512 MB RAM. However it is recommended that you should use a system with 2GB RAMS or higher RAM. For a standard edition, you can use a maximum of 32 GB while for an Enterprise and Datacenter edition you can use 2TB.
  • Available disk space The disk space should be minimum 10GB. However, the recommended capacity of RAM is 40GB or greater. However, systems having RAM of more than 16 GB will need more amount of disk space in order to accommodate dump files, paging, and hibernation.
  • Drive – DVD-ROM drive You need to have a monitor with higher resolution, a keyboard, and a Microsoft Mouse. It is always better to go for recommended values rather than the minimum values of system requirements if you are looking for good levels of performance. You can run a Windows Server in 512 MB of RAM but it is very much possible that you may not get the optimum level of performance with this configuration.

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