What to expect from Windows Server 2008 R2

In this podcast, learn what's changing in the areas of Active Directory, failover clustering and more for Windows Server 2008 R2, as well as how user feedback has affected some of the other improvements made to the upcoming release.

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In this podcast, SearchWinIT.com news director Margie Semilof sits down with David Lowe, senior product manager in Microsoft's Windows Server division, at TechEd 2008 Europe to learn what users can expect from the next release of Windows Server 2008. Find out what changes are on the way in the areas of Active Directory, failover clustering and more, as well as how user feedback has affected some of the improvements being made to Windows Server 2008 R2.

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Microsoft's David Lowe talks about Windows Server 2008 R2
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Duration: 13:10

  • (0:23) What changes is Microsoft making to Active Directory in Windows Server 2008?
  • (1:10) Microsoft has more than one tool to manage its server platform. What is the company doing to simplify its tools and provide a common user interface?
  • (3:24) PowerShell is prominent in R2 -- but what if admins aren't ready to use it?
  • (4:31) What are you expecting to be the blowout feature in R2?
  • (6:29) With emerging tools that circumvent the VPN, are we seeing the end of VPNs?
  • (6:59) What's new in failover clustering?
  • (7:23) What R2 features play up Microsoft's "anywhere, anytime" mantra?
  • (8:31) Has user feedback caused any specific changes to Windows Server 2008 R2?
  • (9:44) R2 is 64-bit only. What does that mean for 32-bit applications?
  • (11:28) How do you see the role of the server administrator changing in a virtualized environment?

This was first published in November 2008

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