Windows Server 2008 R2 beta hands-on

January 11, 2009 – 9:38 am | by Steve
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While still working on Windows 7, Microsoft released the beta of the Windows Server 2008 R2, which is the companion to the client OS. The company is bringing into line Windows Server 2008 R2 which was also briefly referred to as Windows Server 7 and the client OS Windows 7.

Microsoft officials have not yet confirmed that if they will ship the both together. However, users who have adopted the both, will be enjoying new network, security and other features although some of those will require network upgrades like implementing IPV6.

Microsoft’s Windows Server 2008 R2 beta’s collaboration with Windows 7 is noted high on the server’s feature list. The spotlight of collaboration between R2 and Windows is the Direct Access, which allows Windows 7 PCs connect directly to the intranet-based resources without requiring a VPN connection.

Other collaboration features include a read-only Distributed File System; which improves branch office security, Branch caches most frequently used content on a branch-office network and Group Policy for power management.

Not only this, it includes a BitLocker drive encryption for USB drives referred to as BitLocker To Go and also an Offline Folders feature added for mobile users.

Microsoft is also working on application virtualization alongside but unfortunately it will not be a part of R2 Server.

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