Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard x64 - Server & 5 CALS (OEM)
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard 64-bit builds on the award-winning foundation of Windows Server 2008 expanding existing technology and adding new features to enable organizations to increase the reliability and flexibility of their server infrastructures. New virtualization tools Web resources management enhancements and exciting Windows 7 integration help save time reduce costs and provide a platform for a dynamic and efficiently managed data center. Powerful tools such as Internet Information Services (IIS) version 7.5 updated Server Manager and Hyper-V platforms and Windows PowerShell version 2.0 combine to give customers greater control increased efficiency and the ability to react to front-line business needs faster than ever before.
What's new in Windows Server 2008 R2:
Updated Web server role Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.5 and greater support for .NET on Server Core
Capable of unprecedented workload size dynamic scalability and across-the-board availability and reliability.
Client and Server virtualization provided by Hyper-V and Presentation virtualization with Remote Desktop Services
Sophisticated CPU architectures increased operating system componentization and improved performance and scalability for applications and services
Several improvements over the 2003 edition, starting with the server management console. The system installation has been improved significantly, scrapping certain previously installed services that can still be installed later. It also works in full 32-bit as opposed to 16/32 for 2003, making the whole process a lot faster on modern CPUs. The boot sequence is also different than the one found in the 2003 edition, but the change is certainly for the better as well. There are also several special power-saving features that increase the server CPU efficiency included in this edition of the MS Server.
New configuration and services may cause some initial problems for those used to the previous version of Windows Server. Hyper-V is only available in the 64-bit version.
Definitely a major improvement over 2003, and even the R1 version of Windows Server 2008. It may take a while getting used to, but every server administrator should think about switching to this edition, especially if they are using the older 2003 version.
“Best released Server OS to date”
Feb 18, 2012
This version of Server OS is VERY rich in features that will ease admin duties in any enviroment
none to date
“Great Price and Fast Shipping”
Oct 05, 2011
If you are looking for a Microsoft Platform, Windows 2008 R2 is an improved version of 2003 Server. Also, this was the best price I found with high recommendations and I can see why. As a consultant, we are always on the lookout for good pricing combined with great service and I plan on purchasing all of my future software needs here.
“Excellent for hosting applications”
May 31, 2011
Strong and sturdy operating system for hosting files, SQL databases, and active directory.
None yet encountered.
Windows 2008 is a worthy successor to Windows 2003. It installs faster than any previous version of Win Server and is not as complicated to configure and set up. Installation took less than an hour. On a new server, Windows Server runs rings around our old sever.
“Attractive and Easy to work with”
Jan 08, 2011
Windows Server 2008 R2 builds upon the strengths of the previous versions of Windows Server. The new Server Manager console introduced in Server 2008 is a one-stop location for most common server management functions.
Initial setup of the server can be a little trying, depending on the number of UAC prompts. But there are definitely few weaknesses in this newest version.
“Simple to setup”
Dec 20, 2010
Easy to deploy and configure. A nice improvement over Server 2003.
It's still Windows-based, and the IE security measures are ridiculously annoying for the administrator.
Good price, fast shipping and a free gift. Happy!
Aug 03, 2010
Best of Windows so far! Reasonably easy install. Way easy interface. Go MS!
Security setup needs more explanation.
“Best Windows Server yet”
Jul 28, 2010
Great Server OS. They finally updated much of the interface and features instead of just releasing the same OS over and over with a different name and theme.
Its still Windows.
IF you insist on running a Windows OS on your server, this is THE one to have.