Betanews’e göre Windows Server 2008 ile birlikte gelen en iyi 10 özellik;
#10: The self-healing NTFS file system
This term is certainly an exaggeration. We won’t see any self-healing computer systems in the near future even though the marketing guys keep telling that. “œSelf-healing NTFS files system” only means that low level file system repair operations can now run while the system is online. So you don’t have to run CHKDSK offline anymore.
#9: Parallel session creation
This is a new Terminal Server feature. If users logon at the same time, a Ws2K8 Terminal Server can distribute the creation of the corresponding sessions to different processors. So if you have four processors in your machine, Terminal Server can create four sessions in parallel. This reduces the logon time when users are connecting at the same time to the server in the morning.
#8: Clean service shutdown
In Windows XP/2003 the OS gives applications 20 seconds time to end if you initiated a shutdown. If the application doesn’t respond during this time period, you get a message allowing you to end the application manually. Windows 2008 waits for applications as long as they keep signaling that they still need time to shutdown properly.
#7: Kernel Transaction Manager
This new Transaction Resource Manager can make sure that certain file or registry operations are finished before another process is allowed to modify the same object. Like with database transactions this can prevent inconsistencies. Third-party plug-ins can use the Transaction Manager to initiate transactions for different managed resources.
#6: SMB2 network file system
SMB (Server Massage Block) is Microsoft’s network protocol that is mainly used for file and printer sharing. Microsoft says that SMB2 is thirty to forty times faster. Well, that remains to be seen. I suppose, this performance boost only applies to certain scenarios.
#5: Address Space Load Randomization (ASLR)
This feature has been widely discussed before Vista came out. In Vista and Windows 2008 a system service randomly occupies one of 256 locations. In WinXP/2003 services could be found at the same location which made it easy for malware programmers to manipulate them.
#4: Windows Hardware Error Architecture (WHEA)
Microsoft has now standardized the way devices report errors. This will make it easier for third-party applications to identify problems.
#3: Windows Server Virtualization
I wouldn’t call this a WS2K8 feature as Microsoft plans to ship the hypervisor-based virtualization only six months after the release of Windows 2008. Since so many important features have been cut (live migration capabilities, hot-adding of storage, networking hardware, memory, and processors, and support for up to 32 processor cores), VMware probably doesn’t have to fear Microsoft’s new server OS.
It is nice that Microsoft’s new scripting language and command interface eventually got the blessing for Windows 2008, too. However, it is a bit far-fetched to call this a WS2K8 feature since it is already available for Windows Vista/XP/2003.
#1: Server Core
Isn’t it a bit ironic that BetaNews’ top 1 feature is just a special edition of Windows 2008 lacking many features of the standard version? Anyway, Server Core is certainly an interesting product. However, I’ve some doubts that many Windows admins will give up the graphical interface just to improve security and patch management.