Ask an Expert: Windows Server 2008

Nancy asks…

What is the Difference between Windows Server 2003 and 2008?

Iam working as Windows server 2003 Administrator and now My company is planning to migrate to Windows server 2008.
Please if possible kindly let me know the differences and merits of Windows Server 2008.

Matt NJ answers:

1)2008 is combination of vista and windows 2003r2. Some new services are introduced in it
1. RODC one new domain controller introduced in it
[Read-only Domain controllers.]
2. WDS (windows deployment services) instead of RIS in 2003 server
3. shadow copy for each and every folders
4.boot sequence is changed
5.installation is 32 bit where as 2003 it is 16 as well as 32 bit, that’s why installation of 2008 is faster are known as role in it
7. Group policy editor is a separate option in ads

2) The main difference between 2003 and 2008 is Virtualization, management.
2008 has more inbuilt components and updated third party drivers Microsoft introduces new feature with 2k8 that is Hyper-V Windows Server 2008 introduces Hyper-V (V for Virtualization) but only on 64bit versions. More and more companies are seeing this as a way of reducing hardware costs by running several ‘virtual’ servers on one physical machine. If you like this exciting technology, make sure that you buy an edition of Windows Server 2008 that includes Hyper-V, then launch the Server Manger, add Roles.

3) In Windows Server 2008, Microsoft is introducing new features and technologies, some of which were not available in Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1), that will help to reduce the power consumption of server and client operating systems, minimize environmental byproducts, and increase server efficiency.
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 has been designed with energy efficiency in mind, to provide customers with ready and convenient access to a number of new power-saving features. It includes updated support for Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) processor power management (PPM) features, including support for processor performance states (P-states) and processor idle sleep states on multiprocessor systems. These features simplify power management in Windows Server 2008 (WS08) and can be managed easily across servers and clients using Group Policies.

Ruth asks…

How can I use Windows Server 2008 to created user accounts over a home network?

I have a copy of Windows Server 2008 (not WHS) and I want to know whether I can create user acount(s) that can be accessed over our home network.

Windows Server 2008 (includes ALL versions) is a legal copy, that I got through the MSDN Alliance. Thanks for the help.

Matt NJ answers:

1. Server 2008 must be setup as a Domain Controller
2. Client computers must be capable of joining a domain
(Home versions of anything won’t work; they need to be XP Pro, Vista Business, Enterprise, or Ultimate. Unless you want to use Win98…lol)
3. Client computers then need to join the domain, using a Server 2008 administrator account.
4. Create all the user accounts you want
5. Those users should then be able to log in to any computer on your new network!

If you don’t create a domain, then user accounts on the server can still be created and used to access it’s resources, but it kinda defeats the whole purpose of having a server.

Lisa asks…

Can windows server 2008 be run on a home computer?

Can windows server 2008 be run on a home computer?

Matt NJ answers:

You can…but what are you looking to accomplish by doing so? If your looking to create a home server you just need to make sure that you have the necessary hardware.

Betty asks…

How does Windows Server 2008 R2 run 32-bit Applications?

If 32-bit processors are no longer supported by Windows Server 2008 R2, how do 32-bit applications run? Software emulation, etc.

I know they run because there is a C:Program Files(x86) Directory with some 32-bit applications installed and they work fine.

I am assuming this is the same way windows 95 supported the 16-bit applications. But I what to know specifically how this works.

Matt NJ answers:

All 64-bit versions of Windows use the WoW64 (Windows-on-Windows) subsystem to translate 32-bit applications to run on 64-bit processors.

The started with Windows 2000 Special Edition (64-bit) and continues with Windows 7.

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