W2K8 … Is It All Just Hype?

As I was browsing the World Wide Web this morning I came across a good number of top 10 lists for Microsoft’s new upcoming product, Windows Server 2008.

This is not so surprising since the list of features and reasons to upgrade are unending. While the excitement about the new Server OS continues to escalate, many people have already decided to use the new Beta 3 in their networks.

So I thought I would share with you a couple of the more popular lists I ran across.

The first one lists the most compelling reasons why many of us (myself included) are so eager to upgrade – and the second offers a glimpse into some of the new and most talked about features Microsoft has in store for us.

Microsoft’s Top 10 Reasons to upgrade to Longhorn

  • Better Security – Bitlocker and improved Group Policy
  • Network Access Protection – Denied network access to infected and unhealthy computers
  • New Terminal Services capabilities – Citrix-style access, without Citrix
  • New Networking Stack – IPv6 working side by side with IPv4
  • Improvements to Directory Services – AD downtime enhancements
  • New Server Core Feature – Stripped-down version with command-line interface
  • Expanded Unix/Linux Support – Password synchronization with Unix/Linux environments
  • Enhanced Performance Monitoring – Better system tracking and monitoring
  • Enhanced IIS, version 7.0 – Next Generation Web Server
  • Enhanced Management Features and new Server Manager Tool – Unattended installation

Top 10 New Features in Windows Server 2008

  • NTFS file system that can detect a file system error and perform immediate repairs
  • Sessions can be created in parallel on Server 2008
  • Shutdown that allows all responding applications to close in their own time
  • Kernel Transaction Manager reduces System Registry and file system corruption
  • SMB2 network file system that deals with large media files on the fly
  • Address Space Load Randomization prevents two subsequent instances of an OS load the same system drivers in the same place in memory each time
  • Windows Hardware Error Architecture improves error reporting
  • Windows Server Virtualization that can consolidate hardware and save money
  • Windows PowerShell included in OS, can completely replace the GUI
  • Server Core can run critical roles in protected environments

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