Windows Server 2008 R2: Up-close and In-depth4:39 PM EST Fri. Jul. 31, 2009
Booting up a clean install of Server 2008 reveals the same Aero-based GUI of Windows 7.
Notice anything missing? Terminal Services has been removed as a Server Role. In its place is the Remote Desktop Services role. RDS is part of Microsoft's Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and promises more flexible, efficient and secure desktop connectivity and client and application virtualization.
Administrators can perform a wide variety of tasks from within Server Manager alone. By default, a Quick Launch Server Manager icon is anchored to the Taskbar after Server 2008 R2 is installed.
Another icon on the Taskbar is for the PowerShell command line interface. Server 2008 R2 has even more cmdlets -- prewritten lightweight commands for doing just about any administrative tasks -- than ever before.
The comprehensive file management system in Windows 7 called Libraries, is now a feature in Server 2008 R2.
IIS 6.0 has been around for quite some time now; IIS 7.5 is a refreshing refresh of the Windows Web Server standard. IIS 7.5 has tons of new features of its own and really emphasizes better support for .NET, FTP and enhanced security.
The Features view of the management console for IIS 7.5, displays icons for the administrative tasks associated with IIS.
With the Configuration Editor, administrators can configure a number of settings that are not exposed in the IIS Manager.
AD can be centrally managed through this new interface called the Active Directory Administrative Center.
It looks like Terminal Services Manager, but Remote Desktop Services is more extensive and has more functionality than Terminal Services.
Want more? Check out Channelweb.com's full review of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2.