Windows Server 2008 R2 DataCenter is the extended version of Windows 2008 R2 Standard, which is primarily directed at virtualisation. Win Server 2008 R2 DataCenter offers you many optimisations and new features to provide you with the ideal support for optimisation on your servers. Windows Server 2008 R2 DataCenter is optimally suited in particular to businesses operating a large number of virtual machines.
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 DataCenter offers professional features
The Win Server 2008 R2 DataCenter version has all that the Standard version contains, and in addition brings more new features which are of especial benefit in a virtualisation environment. Windows Server 2008 R2 DataCenter also allows you to use up to two terabytes of memory instead of the previous 32 gigabytes. Furthermore, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 DataCenter manages its own resource administration by means of a cluster, the "Failover Clustering" feature. The Failover Cluster can manage up to 18 exabytes and 128 partitions, and also supports the dynamic addition of resources at run time.
MS Windows Server 2008 R2 DataCenter now supports up to 64 processors, the "Hot Add Memory" and "Hot Replace Memory" features, and an unlimited number of "Terminal Services Gateways" and "Virtual Image Use Rights". The unlimited number of licensed virtual instances offers you the unique advantage that every virtual Windows Server operating system you are running under Windows Server 2008 R2 DataCenter is also automatically licensed. In order to take advantage of this benefit of virtualisation, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 DataCenter also offers you the most suitable virtualisation platform, Hyper-V. This allows you to virtualise even entire server systems.
Further improvements in Win Server 2008 R2 DataCenter have been made particularly in the areas of load sharing, data transfer and administration. Network load sharing now shares the load of the entire network across a number of systems in order to prevent overloads, data throughput has been trebled in Windows Server 2008 R2 DataCenter in comparison with the 2003 version, and administration can also be organised using different modes.
Optimisation of functions and new developments in Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 DataCenter
Even though virtualisation is the key feature of MS Windows Server 2008 R2 DataCenter, it is not the only highlight of this server operating system. Numerous new developments and many features support you in your work and provide your server operation with a stable system:
- PowerShell: computer management with the aid of scripts
- Active Directory: user and resource management
- Internet Information Services 7.0: for static and dynamic web pages
- Reworked terminal services: with new extra functions
- BitLocker: data encryption program
With a so called core installation option, Windows Server 2008 R2 DataCenter also offers you the alternative of operating without a graphical user interface. Using this, you run the minimum version of the server operating system with the most important functions and thus save necessary resources for your system.
Security features in Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 DataCenter
Besides the numerous optimisations and new functions in MS Windows Server 2008 R2 DataCenter, many improvements have also been made to security. The system has integrated Network Access Protection (NAP), an improved firewall, a read only domain controller and also Cryptography Next Generation.
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 DataCenter - System requirements
|Required operating system|
Windows Server 2008 R2 DataCenter
• Minimum: 1.4GHz (x64 processor)
• Recommended: 2GHz or faster
Note: For Itanium based systems an Intel Itanium 2 processor is required
• Minimum: 512MB RAM
• Recommended: 2GB RAM or greater
• Maximum (32-bit systems): 4GB (Standard) or 64GB (Enterprise and Datacenter)
• Maximum: 8GB (Foundation) 32GB (Standard) or 2TB (Enterprise, Datacenter and Itanium-Based Systems)
• Minimum: 10GB
• Recommended: 40GB or greater
Note: Systems with RAM in excess of 16GB will require greater amounts of disk space to accommodate paging, hibernation, and dump files
|Graphics||Super VGA or greater-resolution monitor (800x600)|