The upgrade to Windows 2008 from Windows 2003 can bring a hosting customer multiple benefits, including power savings, better remote access, higher security, and the capacity to deliver streaming media, in addition to comprehensive disaster recovery, versatile operating system support, and new administration tools.
Power Savings Offer Lower Hosting Costs
A hosting company that offers Windows 2008 will be able to offer more processing power for less based on lower power consumption. Tests show Windows Server 2008 using less power than Windows Server 2003 when running on the same hardware at comparable levels of throughput, achieving power savings of up to 10 percent. This is achieved partly through the power management policy in Windows Server 2008 that automatically reduces the performance levels during periods of reduced demand for processor resources.
Disaster Recovery with Enhanced Backup Capabilities
Get faster backup technology and better disaster protection with Windows Server Backup in Windows 2008, using Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) and block-level backup technology. This new technology offers faster backups, simplified restoration and recovery, ability to recover applications, and improved scheduling, while retaining support for manual backups. It also provides for the offsite removal of backups for disaster protection, remote administration, automatic disk usage management, extensive command-line support, and support for optical media drives and removable media.
Increased Security with a Low-profile Server Core Installation
If you have dedicated servers that aren’t run through a GUI, or that require higher security, the Server Core installation option could serve your needs. The Server Core installation is a minimal installation (1 GB of disk space) for Windows 2008 server in which only the items required for the specified server roles are installed. That reduces software maintenance, management, and attack surface on the server. The Server Core installation provides an environment for server roles including Active Directory Domain Services, Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services, DHCP Server, DNS Server, File Services, Print Server, and Streaming Media Services. (Windows Server Backup is not available with Server Core installation.)
Rich Communications with Streaming Media Services
Streaming Media Services allow you to deploy a Windows Media server, a platform for streaming live and on-demand digital media content over networks. If your company manages network resources to deliver rich communications for online learning, marketing, and sales, Streaming Media Services can provide the platform you need to deliver the material efficiently, robustly, and at a reasonable cost. Other uses include wireless broadband entertainment, Internet broadcasting, secure audio and video content, and high-quality IPTV over LANs.
Improved Remote Access and Services through New Terminal Services Functionality
The upgrade from Window 2003 to 2008 will improve all aspects of your remote access service using Terminal Services. Windows 2008 includes improved functionality for core functionality and for Terminal Services RemoteApp, Web Access, Printing, Licensing, and Gateway.
Terminal Services core functionality has been greatly enhanced by the addition of services such as Remote Desktop Connection, monitor spanning, which displays a remote desktop session across multiple monitors, and display data prioritization to improve screen performance by giving display, keyboard, and mouse data priority over traffic like printing or file transfers.
RemoteApp and Web Access provide access to Windows programs from virtually any location through a company-provided installation using a remote desktop client or website.
Other enhanced Terminal Services include Printing, Licensing, and Gateway. Printing has been enhanced with the Terminal Services Easy Print driver. This feature enables users to reliably print from a RemoteApp program or from a terminal server desktop session to the correct printer on their client computer. Licensing simplifies Client Access License (CAL) management and helps ensure that you don’t purchase more licenses than you need. Gateway enables users to connect to internal network resources over the Internet using a secure encrypted connection without the need to configure a VPN connection.
DNS Server Functionality, NFS Services and PowerShell
The DNS Server for Windows 2008 has been enhanced with several tools, including background zone loading to allow the DNS server to respond to requests while the Active Directory Domain Services zones are loading in separate threads, and support for IPv6 addresses to support present and future DNS clients designed to take advantage of the benefits of IPv6 addressing.
Services for Network File System (NFS) provide a file sharing solution for mixed Windows and UNIX environments. Support has been added for Active Directory Lookup, 64-bit version support, enhanced server performance, UNIX special device (the mknod function) support, and enhanced UNIX support, including Sun Microsystems Solaris version 9, Red Hat Linux version 9, IBM AIX version 5L 5.2, and Hewlett Packard HP-UX version 11i.
Windows 2008 has also added a new tool for system administrators called PowerShell. This command-line shell and scripting language can help your company achieve greater productivity with more than 130 command-line tools to enable easier administration and automation.
Upgrade to Windows 2008 Hosting with Infinitely Virtual
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