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Windows Server 2008 R2 provides new virtualization tools, Web resources, management updates, and Windows 7 integration reduces costs, and provide for a dynamic and efficiently managed data center.
Windows Server 2008 R2 is available today through your MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. You can also download various editions and languages of the Windows Server 2008 R2 evaluation.
Here’s a list of updated and new features in the Windows Server 2008 R2 release.
The server will be publicly available October 22.
Key features for developers for your Windows Server 2008 R2 application are:
Windows Server 2008 R2 is 64-bit only. You will, however, be able to run your x86 binaries on Windows Server. 32-bit binaries will be dependent upon the "WoW-64" emulation layer (actually just a thin thunking layer on x64, and a full instruction set emulation layer on ia64).
For more details about each of the features, see How to Get Started Leveraging Windows Server 2008 R2 Features.
The major technology investment areas for Windows Server 2008 R2 are virtualization, web, and management, along with features that improve scalability and reliability and deliver a strong business value when combined with Windows 7 clients. These features include:
For more information about Windows Server 2008 and the value it brings to customers, please visit http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/R2.aspx
You can learn more about the key features of Windows Server 2008 R2: Customer Value Proposition Resources for Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2
Software applications designed for Windows Server 2008 may not be automatically compatible with Windows Server 2008 R2. All software applications must be tested and evaluated for full functionality on Windows Server 2008 R2 prior to claiming compatibility and support to ensure they run without issue on the new version.
Microsoft made some changes to the kernel and APIs to support virtualization, scalability, performance and networking enhancements, such as LiveMigration, greater than 64 processor affinity, enabling scalability to 256 threads.
Your applications may run perfectly without any modification or may require a hotfix or more specific update, particularly if the application has kernel drivers. If you haven’t done so, test your server application and declare your support for Windows Server 2008 R2 today and register in the Compatibility Center. You can do that through Front Runner.
Sign up for the Windows Server 2008 R2 Front Runner program. Front Runner is an early adopter program for ISVs in the US that helps you get your applications compatible with the latest Microsoft technologies. Once you tell us that your application is compatible, you’ll get a range of marketing benefits to help you let your customers know you’re a Front Runner, including customizable marketing and PR campaigns as well as listings in Microsoft directories that are viewed by millions of people.
For ISVs outside the United States, you can participate in ISV App Compat for Windows Server 2008 R2.
You can get started getting ready for Windows Server 2008 R2 with the Windows Server 2008 R2 Developer Training Kit. The kit was updated in July.
The kit consists of Developer-oriented content including:
Also, see Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 series of videos for developers on MSDEV.
For more information, see Windows Server Team Blog. Here are some additional links.
Bruce D. Kyle ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation