Windows Server 2008 R2

  Now anyone who reads this article would be thinking why would one opt to use a Server Operating System when there are lot more options. I'd like to say if you are a Student and you need a Genuine Operating System(which surely is a idiom to Extinct) go for Windows Server 2008 R2. Wondering how? Microsoft has come up with a program to inspire Students to design and develop softwares by providing the soft resources free of cost. Dreamspark offers major Microsoft products such as Microsoft Visual Studio 2010, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 and several other Genuine Products to Students without the overhead of Paying for them. All you need to do is verify yourself as a student and Download! I'd recommend every student out there to make use of this highly resourceful program and get more details about it and dreamspark.com

   For those who are wondering why I'm talking only about Windows 7 and why not on Windows Vista or Windows XP, personally, I feel this is the best Operating System upto date. After the highly successful Windows XP, its time for change for people who have yet not. Windows Vista was a total failure, resource hungry and slow, Microsoft made a huge comeback with Windows 7. With an aesthetic look and feel, and high performance, this is the best deal for anyone who owns a decent computer.
   Let me get back to my topic, still wondering why a Student would use Windows Server Operating System? Windows Server 2008 R2 is almost similar to Windows 7! You get the cool visual appearances, transitions, performance and even more additional features. Being a Server edition, the security is at its peak. You might want to tweak into some settings before making it up for personal use. Now am I bluffing? No. I have been using Windows Server 2008 R2 for the past 6 months, and have never come across any issue. And this is applicable to Gamers too! The only driver which came nonsupporting is the Bluetooth device driver, which I'm pretty sure would be solved soon. On the technical side of this Operating System, eventhough I do not use any of them, the features it provide are beyond our imagination. Server 2008 R2 is in no way related to Server 2003 R2.
   It is a fresh new OS which is not just a mere upgrade of the its predecessors. Originally named as Windows Server 7, this Operating System stands on five basic pillars :

  • Web Application Platform : This version of Windows is the most Robust platform ever produced. It offers an updated Web Server role IIS 7.5 and greater support for .NET on the server core.
  • Virualization : Virtualization is the core of any server. Hyper V technology of the previous version has been updated to support 64 virtual machines! And you can literally watch a HD movie using a Remote Desktop Connection.
  • Scalability and Reliability : As the words infer, Server 2008 has enhanced technology to handle these issues.
  • Management : Windows Server 2008 R2 has new features to reduce the ongoing management of Windows Server 2008 R2 and to reduce the administrative effort for common day-to-day operational tasks.
  • Better performance with Windows 7 : Windows Sever 2008 R2 has lots of features that are designed specifically for client computers running on Windows 7. In fact I just went through an article which points out that UNIX codes can be executed on this operating system as well.

   All these were highly technical stuff, now let me get to a Student's perspective. The requirements of this Operating System are similar to that of Windows 7 but only has a 64 bit version. After noting down the License key from Dreamspark and installing the Standard Version, comes the job of setting it up for personal use. Enabling the “ Desktop Appearance” option will enable the visual and Aero effects. First thing you will have to keep in mind would be having a setup of any browser(Mozilla, Chrome etc.) This is because the security of Server R2 is so enhanced that it blocks almost every site to be accessed on IE! Don't worry, all this can be tweaked with some registry setting changes. Keep note of this site : win2008workstation.com which gives you all the files and steps required to setup you personal computer.