Microsoft has unveiled a Release Candidate (RC) for Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7.
Microsoft has unveiled a Release Candidate (RC) for Service Pack 1 for
Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. The final version of SP1 is due early in
2011, according to the company.
In addition to a handful of operating system updates, the Release Candidate
includes new features for Windows Server, according
to an Oct. 26 posting on the Windows Server Division WebLog
The first, Microsoft RemoteFX, "introduces a new set of remote user
experience capabilities that enable a media-rich user environment for virtual
and session-based desktops." The application supports both thick- and
thin-client devices, as well as "a broad array of USB
peripherals to improve the productivity of users of virtual desktops."
The second, Dynamic Memory, allows "servers running Hyper-V for server
virtualization ... to be more efficient in the use of memory." The
application distributes memory among virtual machines in ways designed to boost
consolidation ratios, increase server utilization rates and make workload
management more flexible.
Those interested can download the SP1 RC from this Microsoft
Both RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory had been present in the
Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 beta release
. The full eWEEK review of that beta
be found here
Windows Server 2008 R2 represents Microsoft's attempt to capitalize on
technological trends such as virtualization that have radically altered the
face of IT. On top of leveraging Microsoft's Hyper-V technology, the platform's
64-bit architecture is designed to take advantage of virtualization's hungrier
memory needs. Also included: features such as support for hot plug-in and hot
removal of both virtual and physical storage without the need to reboot the
physical host system.
However, eWEEK Labs found that the 64-bit architecture created some issues
for IT pros looking for a legacy upgrade. "There's no doubt that Windows
Server 2008 R2 offers major improvements, but getting existing Windows
installations to this most current release may be a drag," they
wrote in a May breakdown
. "Migrating from a 32-bit version of Windows
Server 2008 or 2003 basically requires a number of migration tools followed by
installation of Windows Server 2008 R2."
other recent server releases include its Windows HPC Server 2008 R2
September. The HPC (high performance computing) server is designed to help
businesses, government and academia leverage capabilities for powerful
analysis, and its interoperable with Microsoft products such as SharePoint,
Microsoft System Center, Microsoft Office and Active Directory.