Microsoft’s next Server operating system, Windows Server 2008, is expected to be released in the next 2 – 6 months after being delayed last year. This is Microsoft’s upgrade from the Windows Server 2003 Editions. Is this new edition necessary for your computer office network?
Not necessarily. If you currently have a mostly Windows XP Professional environment, then the Server 08 is not needed. However, if the majority of workstations are Windows Vista Business or Ultimate, then the 2008 version is tailored for this environment and should be implemented. The 2008 version is compatible with Windows workstations and may be set up for Mac sharing as well; however, it has gone a step ahead to ensure Vista workstation networking and sharing is seamless. Currently, Microsoft 2003 doesn’t offer easy networking for Vista and XP workstations, and expert technicians plus third-party software is sometimes needed.
Here are the benefits of going with Windows Server 2008:
- Easier networking
- Advanced security
- Stable remote application access
- Extra monitoring tools
- Good redundancy and communication with multiple servers
Although we have beta tested this new server operating system, it is still too early to comment on how it will affect different server and networking environments.