Canadian Colleges Update – Dec 2009 Session 9 Windows Server 2008 R2 Futures and Directions

by | December 9, 2009

Session 9 Kevin Lan, Senior Program Manager, Windows Server Division

Windows Server Release History – every 2 to 3 years for a new release

Technology Investment Areas

  • virtualization – Hyper-V with Live Migration
  • management – PowerShell scripting
  • web – ASP .Net and WebDAV, IIS 7.5 component install
  • scalability and reliability – 256 core support, componentization, boot from SAN or VHD, support solid-state devices, file classification infrastructure
  • better together with Windows 7 – DirectAccess, BranchCache


  • designed for groups of 64 processors
  • SQLServer can take advantage of 256 logical processors

R2 Power Management

  • reduce power consumption by only powering cores that are working – Core Parking
  • Power AQ program – 10% savings in power from CPU utilization all managed from Group Policies
  • V4.0 ACPI spec supports this to allow power metering

Server Core Changes

  • 64 bit delivery only
  • minimal installation option for window server (no GUI shell, command line interface), excellent for Read Only Domain Controllers and for Hyper-V virtualization
  • types of servers:  Web, Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter
  • reduces patch burden due to fewer components by approx 40%
  • additions of .NET Framework subsets, subsets for ASP.NET support for IIS, PowerShell, WoW64 installed by default for 32 bit drivers
  • this is a huge plus to reduce your surface area for malicious attacks – +security
  • see Virtualization session notes for more on Server R2

Hyper-V 2.0

  • logical processor support
  • hot add/remove storage
  • second level translation (SLAT)
  • Boot from VHD
  • Live Migration improvements requires System Center Virtual Machine Manager

Interoperability – Citrix, VMware, RedHat, Novell guest OS

Extensive Unified Management – using System Center suite

Remote Desktop Services – virtual desktop using a service broker, RemoteApp, roaming profiles, folder redirection

Streamline Management – using PowerShell, run Server Manager from Windows 7 (best practice analyzer embedded), easier migration of roles and core server settings when migrating to Windows Server 2008 R2

Active Directory Domain Services – added recycle bin for AD (Windows 2008 R2 Forest Functional Mode) to recover deleted objects, PowerShell integration, improved process for offline domain join, managed service accounts, authentication assurance for AD federated services

Key changes to IIS 7.5 in R2 – componentize IIS, config tracing and logging to see what happenned, secure ftp, remote manage IIS

File Services – file classification infrastructure, SMB2

File Classification Infrastructure – increasing cost and risk, new functionality integrates with SharePoint, there is a published API to allow for extensibility,  also can be used for tiering of storage

SMB 2 Performance Enhancements – WAN file copy (xcopy and shell copy) big file transfer improvements based on file size, 16x better than RoboCopy

Better Together with Windows 7

  • DirectAccess can eliminate VPN for remote connectivity
  • needs IPv6 – need to do more for IPv4 apps
  • allows for Network Access Protection – included as part of Windows Server 2008 R2 – this can significantly enhance our end device protection **
  • BranchCache – allows remote branches to look locally first and then get data from HQ if not found

Windows Server – tomorrow

  • emerging – cloud based storage, solid state drives, pervasive wireless, SAAS, many mobiles devices
  • nascent – fungible servers (they show up when needed), mix on and off premise infrastructure, reduced network latency
  • speculative – very small and very large servers, everything is a server, everything is virtualized, Cloud OS, Global ID, utility computing, green
  • Broad areas: dynamic datacentre, enterprise-wide compliance, green computing, mobile planet, cloud computing

Lots to look forward to …

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