Microsoft launched Windows Sever 2008 R2 operating system in the year 2009. R2 version was the successor to Windows server 2008, but shares same kernel core as Windows 7. However, Windows server 2008 R2 OS was an improvement over its precursor with its new and improved features like it was the first Windows server OS to support only 64-bit architecture. In this article, you will come across server 2008 R2 features, versions, and issues with solutions.
Support for the latest 64-bit system
Microsoft released Windows server 2008 R2 as a 64-bit operating system. This feature makes the OS compatible with the latest hardware. Unlike Win server 2008, this R2 version is compatible only with 64-bit system. It cannot run on 32-bit supported hardware.
New Hyper-V with Live Migration feature
Microsoft introduced its Virtualization technology with improved and new features in Windows Server 2008 R2 OS. One of the most eye-catching feature that included in R2 Hyper-V was Live Migration which enables you to move virtual machine from one host to another host in the same cluster.
Introduced .NET Framework and PowerShell
With the arrival of server 2008 R2, server core feature supports .NET Framework as well as Windows PowerShell which was not included in previous version. In 2008 R2 edition, users are able to run ASP.NET based applications and Windows PowerShell 2.0. Besides, it supports Microsoft SQL server installation.
R2 to support 256 cores
As we know, Windows Server 2008 supports up to 64 logical processors. Windows Server 2008 R2 OS came up with an improvement which supports 256 logical processors. The total logical processors in a system can be calculated as multiplication of physical processors, cores, and threads.
Windows users who are using various versions of Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system may encounter many issues related to Remote Desktop, unexpected restarts, Active Directory, DNS, system hangs, Active Directory Federation Services, and Clustering etc. These problems occur due to security issue, network issue, and many more. The issues like unexpected restart, or system hangs may indicates problem in a hard drive. If hard disk is failing or data have been deleted/lost/corrupt then in order to recover Windows data, users had better get Windows Data Recovery software.