Microsoft Server 2008 R2
Windows Server 2008 is the most recent release of the Microsoft Windows Server line, it will be replacing over the next few years Windows Server 2003. It was released on February 4th 2008 so is still a new product, it is built on the same kernel technology as Windows Vista.
Here at SW Computers Limited we running fully on Server 2008 in-house and have been testing Server 2008 since its beta alongside Exchange 2007 SP1 since their beta's and we are very impressed, we have been actively learning the core technology in anticipation of the Small Business Server 2008 which will as also be built using the core Server 2008 technologies and will also use Exchange 2007, SharePoint 2007 and other Microsoft full release software into a package aimed at the Smaller business market.
Stephen Parkinson was one of the first people in the South West to take the Server 2008 Microsoft Exams back in November 2007 based on his experience with Server 2008 he was pleased to earn MCTS Certifications in Server 2008 Active Directory & Network Infrastructure.
One of the most exciting features are the improvements to the Terminal Services client. You can now offer applications via a Terminal Services Web Access page. In the screen shot above you can see some of the applications our teams can access from anywhere and from any PC running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista or Microsoft Windows 7.
For example you can run Sage Accounts from home, the program will run on your computer and you will hardly be able to tell the difference than having the full application on your computer. As you are only 'remote controlling' the Sage Application and all the data is still on the server the application is very responsive and on a good broadband you can easily work away from the office or give a branch office access to files and data on your main server.
With the Premium Version of SBS 2008 you get a second license to run Server 2008 Standard on a second machine and then all you will need is a terminal server license.
Windows Server 2003 has not been forgotten and is still widely used throughout the industry and full support is still available from us.