The features for core server management delivered in Windows Server 2008 R2 help to simplify server deployment and management. This allows you to save time and deliver more IT value where it matters most for your business. Each feature delivers a unique set of benefits that ladder to the unparalleled value delivered in Windows Server 2008 R2.
Improved Remote Administration
It is very rare that server computers are administered locally and remote administration is essential to any efficient datacenter. Windows Server 2008 R2 introduces a number of improvements in remote administration, including the following:
Improved remote management through graphical management consoles
Server Manager has been updated to allow remote administration of servers. In addition, many of the management consoles have improved integration with Server Manager and as a result, support remote management scenarios.
Improved remote management from command-line and automated scripts
PowerShell version 2.0 offers a number of improvements for remote management scenarios. These improvements allow you to run scripts on one or more remote computers or to allow multiple IT professionals to simultaneously run scripts on a single computer.
Improved Server Management
Windows PowerShell accelerates automation of system administration tasks and can help improve your organization’s ability to address the unique system-management problems of your server environment. In larger enterprises, management of multiple servers can be automated using Windows PowerShell, a command-line shell and scripting language that helps you achieve greater productivity and control system administration more easily.
Rapid Deployment of Windows Operating Systems
Windows Deployment Services enables you to set up new computers by using a network-based installation, which means that you do not have to be physically present at each computer, and you do not have to install directly from a CD or DVD. You can also use Windows Deployment Services to repurpose existing computers.
Windows Reliability and Performance Monitoring
Windows Server 2008 R2 includes Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor, which provides you with tools to monitor and assess system performance and reliability. Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor is an MMC snap-in that combines the functionality of previous stand-alone tools, including Performance Logs and Alerts, Server Performance Advisor, and System Monitor.
Improved Data Center Power Consumption Management
With the proliferation of physical computers in datacenters, power consumption is of paramount importance. Many datacenters are limited in the number of computers they can support by the actual power available to the datacenter. Therefore decreasing your power consumption not only reduces costs, but also allows you to support more physical computers while using the same amount of power, or less power, than before. Windows Server 2008 R2 can achieve up to 18% higher power efficiency compared to Windows Server 2003 running on identical hardware.