Windows Server 2008 R2 features and backup guide

Browse through the new Windows Server 2008 R2 features, and learn best practices for Windows Server 2008 R2 backup, which can help boost sales for solution providers.

Windows Server 2008 R2 features aren't new, but solution providers can still find new ways to take advantage of them to create new business opportunities. Providers can use these features, such as core parking, to demonstrate to customers Windows Server 2008 R2's ease of use and new automation.

Windows Server 2008 R2 backup is a prime example of how solution providers can generate business because their customers will need assistance with choosing backup configurations and recovery options.

Customers had been calling for Windows Server 2008 R2 remote desktop services (RDS), and now that it's available, the server may be more appealing to customers. Read how RDS can help with tasks such as application deployment, and learn the best way to configure RDS. Get important information on Windows Server 2008 R2 performance and monitoring, and find out more about the newest features.

 

 

 Windows Server 2008 R2 features  

Windows Server 2008 R2 offers solution providers improved scalability and a number of new features. These tips explore which features and functionality can offer the biggest impact. Learn how RDS can simplify management and how core parking can save your customers on power costs.

New features in Windows Server 2008 R2 
Windows Server 2008 R2 includes some familiar features, such as how the OS now supports up to 256 cores to improve scalability, but there are some new management enhancements that deserve a look. Windows PowerShell 2.0 makes running scripts on remote systems a simpler process. The new core parking feature an OS to suspend unused cores, which saves on the power required to run those cores and allows you to reactivate parked cores quicker. Take a look at other key features included in this tip.

Most useful Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V R2 features 
The new display technology capabilities available in Windows Server 2008 R2 can be a boon for solution providers. With RDS, solution providers can offer presentation virtualization sessions and remote desktop connections to servers and have the ability to host virtual desktop sessions. With these new Windows Server 2008 R2 features, solution providers need to know about licensing considerations, including changes to Terminal Server client access licenses.

 

 Windows Server 2008 R2 backup and recovery  

Solution providers need to tread carefully when making Windows Server 2008 R2 backup decisions because of possible long-term effects. There is an assortment of factors to take into consideration for backing up and recovering data on Windows Server 2008 R2, including data loss system reboot issues.

Windows server backup in Windows Server 2008 R2 
How solution providers configure Windows server backup (normal, faster and custom backup performance) in Windows Server 2008 R2 will affect recovery options down the line, so they need to choose wisely. This chapter excerpt shows you the steps for creating a backup schedule, including backing up specific files (and excluding certain folders or files) as well as performing system state and bare-metal backups.

Bare-metal, system state recovery in Windows Server 2008 R2 
Recovering data in a customer's environment requires you to know which files to recover and how much time you have to do it. After forming a plan of action, you have to choose between performing a bare-metal recovery or a system state recovery in Windows Server 2008 R2. These two recoveries involve different steps and different degrees of caution. Any missteps when going through a system state recovery may leave your customer's system unbootable. If you make a mistake during bare-metal recovery, you could potentially displace all the data on the customer's drives with data from the system image.

 

 Remote services for Windows Server 2008 R2  

Working with Windows Server 2008 R2 remotely can make the daily tasks of solution providers much easier because they can manage hundreds of clients and applications through a few central locations. Use this section to find out the best practices for PowerShell remoting, and get an inside look into Windows Remote Desktop Services (RDS).

PowerShell remoting in Windows Server 2008 R2 
With PowerShell 2.0 included in Windows Server 2008 R2, your customers can now execute commands on a remote machine. Find out how the client/server relationship works in the new PowerShell remoting services. This new feature also has requirements, such as using Windows Remote Management (WinRM) 2.0, and different configuration methods for PowerShell remoting and WinRM.
 

Using Remote Desktop Services for Windows Server 2008 R2 
Windows Remote Desktop Services gives solution providers the ability to manage Windows Server 2008 R2 remotely and to run a Windows-based program on a remote server from a desktop computer. This is an appealing option because it can ease their workload significantly. Instead of managing hundreds or thousands of client computers individually, they can manage easy-to-deploy applications on a few RDS servers. Other elements of RDS are attractive as well, such as a more user-friendly interface and improved help desk support.

 

 Windows Server 2008 R2 business opportunities  

Some business opportunities that Windows Server 2008 R2 can help solution providers create may not be apparent. Solution providers can use this section to learn how to take advantage of Windows Server 2008 R2 and why customers should get the upgrade. Take a look at the ways R2's features can save money and adopt some strategies for capitalizing on a customer's hardware investment.

Can Windows Server 2008 R2 save you money? 
Your customers are always looking for new ways to be more cost-efficient while ensuring their systems and infrastructure are still running smoothly. Use cost savings as a selling point when describing Windows Server 2008 R2 features to customers. Dealing with multiple servers is an important area where customers can save money . Hyper-V R2 will consolidate servers and turn their functions into virtual machines. Learn about other areas in which Windows Server 2008 R2 can be attractive to cash-strapped customers.

Rethinking capacity planning with Windows Server 2008 R2 
If you've convinced customers to purchase Windows Server 2008 R2, you need to make sure they've maximized their investments while keeping them aware of the server's limitations. Windows Server 2008 R2's 64-bit architecture can handle much more physical memory (264 bytes) than previous versions, which increases OS function and application speed. A big drawback to capacity planning in the OS is the inability for providers to upgrade from Windows Server 2008 32-bit system, which limits their potential customer base. Read through the Windows Server 2008 R2 pros and cons in this tip.

Top 10 things you don't know about Windows Server 2008 R2 
Many solution providers already have a solid grasp of Windows Server 2008 R2, but this tip delves into some lesser known tidbits about the latest Windows Server offering. For example, the BranchCache feature may be under the radar for a lot of providers, but it can help increase speeds on customer data lines. There are also enhancements to features such as Remote Desktop Protocol and PowerShell that will make Windows Server 2008 R2 an easier sell to potential customers.

FAQ: Windows Server 2008 R2
For solution providers that have some lingering questions about Windows Server 2008 R2, this FAQ may provide some insight. Learn more about the relationship between Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 and find out which R2 features only work in concert with Windows 7. Also, see the changes in Hyper-V R2 that may alter the way solution providers sell virtualization to customers.

 

 Windows Server 2008 R2: Performance and monitoring  

Solution providers can choose from a number of ways to monitor activity and performance in customers' Windows Server 2008 R2. See the specific monitoring features in this section that are included in options such as the Windows Performance and Reliability Monitor and System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) 2007. From solving specific performance problems to viewing a customer's log data, find out which monitoring tool best fits specific environments.

FAQ: Windows Server 2008 R2 performance monitoring 
Windows Server 2008 R2 provides a range of new performance monitoring features. With the Windows Performance and Reliability Monitor, solution providers can monitor, troubleshoot and diagnose current or potential issues in a customer's environment from a central location. Learn how to boost Windows Server 2008 R2 performance monitoring by creating a new data collector set in the Monitor. Solution providers can also keep an eye on specific activity with the Monitor by adding performance counters to the data collector set.

FAQ: Using Windows Server 2008 R2 performance reports 
The Windows Server 2008 R2 Performance and Reliability Monitor will help accomplish more than just performance monitoring. Solution providers can view log data through the Report View and customer diagnostic reports under System Diagnostics. Monitoring Windows Server 2008 R2 can also be achieved with SCOM 2007, which also boosts functionality with its management packs(MPs). Take a look at this FAQ to learn how to use Windows Server 2008 R2 performance reports.

Using OpsMgr 2007 R2 to monitor Windows Server 2008 R2
System Center Operations Manager (OpsMgr) 2007 R2 is a critical resource for monitoring performance in Windows Server 2008 R2 because it can help solution providers weed out issues before they occur. Take advantage of OpsMgr R2 monitoring and alerting components to learn more about customer-specific environmental conditions, which can help solve specific problems. OpsMgr also offers MPs, such as Windows Server OS and Active Directory Server MPs, which are useful for monitoring and maintaining Windows Server 2008 R2.

This was first published in September 2010

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