Windows Server 2008 – New Features – Part 4

This is the fourth part of my review of the new features in Windows Server 2008.

Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS7)

IIS has been pretty much the same old service for quite some time and now comes a much needed update with Server 2008. IIS7 is a robust solution for web hosting and application development using Microsoft’s technologies. Just like all other services of the same nature, Internet Information Service 7.0 becomes fully componentized so, should you decide to install this as a role on your server, you only get the required pieces to run it properly and nothing more, reducing the need for updates and the available attack surface.

The administration console, which is part of Server Manager, has been much improved as well and gives a more flexible management experience to the administrators. IIS7 can be installed as a ServerCore role as well as Windows Media Services 2008 and now supports direct xcopy-installations of your websites.

Terminal Services (TS)

Terminal Services is probably one of the features with the most noticeable additions, if your organization uses these services already. My favorite one is most definitely the RemoteApp capability. When your users access an application that is published through RemoteApp, they are actually logged in with TS, but the application looks and feels exactly as if it was running from the local machine. The great advantage of this possibility for administrators(and ease of use for end-users) is that the users no longer have to see the full desktop along with their application. Terminal Services Web Access allows you to deploy RemoteApp applications through

Terminal Services Gateway allows users to connect to their apps and desktops using a regular browser connected to the internet. This would also work from mobile devices with the right software. The Gateway Services run on the RDP protocol tunneled over HTTPS to make a very secure connection. This option is a great alternative when VPN connections are blocked in hotels or wireless access locations.

Regular Terminal Services also get some changes, although not as big as the previous ones. The new Easy Print feature lets users print to local printers when they are using RemoteApps or desktop sessions more easily and reliably. It also supports 32-bit colors and copy/paste operations between the client and the host.

Hyper-V

Hyper-V is a next-generation Hypervisor-based server virtualization technology that allows you to consolidate multiple machines on a single server or run a virtual test environment, for example. Hyper-V is implemented as simply as all other roles on Server 2008 which makes it very easy to configure and manage.

Hyper-V is not quite completed yet and, as such, only a beta version will be included in the first release of Windows Server 2008. When the product becomes available later this year, it will be updated through an automatic Update. The Release Candidate that is currently available for download is feature complete but the product will have to prove itself since there are some heavy contenders in this market slice such as VMware.

Versions

As usual, there will be several versions of Windows Server 2008 available which you can see in details here. Be sure to look around on that page to find all the comparisons that are available. I personally can’t wait for the Small Business Server 2008 edition to become available.

The Complete Article:
Windows Server 2008 – New Features – Part 1
Windows Server 2008 – New Features – Part 2
Windows Server 2008 – New Features – Part 3
Windows Server 2008 – New Features – Part 4

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