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February 2012

Ten reasons to upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2

It's always difficult to make a change in your server operating system, especially if your current solution mostly meets your needs. But organizations running older versions of Windows Server should take a hard look at upgrading to 2008 R2, which offers a number of new features that can serve to increase productivity and lower the total cost of ownership (TCO). In this handbook we explore the enhanced capabilities of Windows Server 2008 R2 (Service Pack 1), including Hyper-V improvements such as live migration and dynamic memory. This handbook takes a look at BranchCache, the product’s automated caching capability, the DirectAccess remote management feature, several PowerShell enhancements and the product’s ability to reduce power consumption. We'll take a close look at how to get the most from your upgrade, including insights on what are the most useful third-party tools and what hardware options are best for your server needs. If you aren’t ready to make the switch just yet, we'll discuss what you can do in the interi m, including how to test and update your 32-bit applications to ensure they'll be compatible with the 64-bit Windows Server 2008 R2 platform.

About The Author

Greg Shields - Partner

Greg Shields, Microsoft MVP, is a partner at Concentrated ...Read More

Table Of Contents

  • Choosing Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Transforming application delivery
  • Ensuring OS readiness
  • Facilitating a fast upgrade

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