Browse Windows Server Technologies

Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2

Browse the full set of documentation to design, deploy, manage, and troubleshoot technologies in Windows Server® 2008 and Windows Server® 2008 R2.

Active Directory Services. Explore Active Directory Services, which include Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS), Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS), Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS), and Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS).

Networking. Check out the networking collection, which provides information about Windows Server networking technologies, including Network Access Protection (NAP), Windows Firewall with Advanced Security (WFAS), 802.1X wired and wireless access, and other technologies for a comprehensive, safe and secure network deployment.

Application Server. Learn about how Application Server provides an integrated environment for deploying and running custom, server-based business applications that are built with the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0. Application Server supports applications that use COM+, Message Queuing, Web services, and distributed transactions.

Print and Document Services. Learn about Print Services, which enables you to share printers on a network, as well as to centralize print server and network printer management tasks. Print Services also enables you to migrate print servers and deploy printer connections by using Group Policy.

Failover Clusters. Discover more about failover clusters, which are groups of independent computers that work together to increase the availability of applications and services.

Remote Desktop Services (Terminal Services). Find out how Terminal Services in Windows Server 2008 and Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2 provide technologies that enable users to access Windows-based programs that are installed on a terminal server, or that allow them to access the full Windows desktop on other computers.

Fax Server. Learn how to centrally manage shared fax resources with Fax Server.

Security and Protection. Use the Security and Protection collection to learn about security products and features that allow you to design, deploy, and maintain Windows Server.

File Services. Find out about how File Services technologies help you manage storage, enable file replication, manage shared folders, ensure fast file searching, and enable access for UNIX client computers.

Streaming Media Services. Discover how to manage delivery of live or on-demand digital media content, including Windows Media Audio (WMA) and Windows Media Video (WMV), over networks by using administrative interfaces in Microsoft Windows Media Services 2008.

Group Policy. Find out how Group Policy provides an infrastructure for centralized configuration management of the operating system and applications that run on the operating system.

Web Server (IIS). Learn about this unified platform for Web publishing that integrates Internet Information Services (IIS), ASP.NET, and Windows Communication Foundation. IIS version 7.5 is a major enhancement to the existing IIS Web server and plays a central role in integrating Web platform technologies.

Hyper-V. Learn about how to create and manage a virtualized server computing environment with Hyper-V.

Windows Deployment Services. Check out the updated and redesigned version of Remote Installation Services (RIS). Windows Deployment Services enables you to deploy Windows Vista® and Windows Server 2008.

Network Load Balancing. Learn more about Network Load Balancing (NLB), which allows you to load balance network traffic among multiple servers using the same cluster virtual IP address in an NLB cluster. NLB is particularly useful for ensuring that stateless applications, such as a Web server running Internet Information Services (IIS), are scalable by allowing you to add more servers to share the work as the load increases.