Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008
Applies To: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2
Welcome to the Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 TechNet Library.
You have discovered the most comprehensive and up-to-date library for technical information about Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008. The content in this library is authored by a writing team who works directly with Windows Server software designers, developers, and testers in an effort to bring you the most technically accurate content about Windows Server that is available anywhere.
Mainstream support for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008 ends on January 13, 2015, and extended support ends on January 14, 2020. For the most recent version of Windows Server, see the Windows Server TechNet Library.
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In this library
To find content for both Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2008, browse using the sections provided below.
Discover new features, tools, and technologies in Windows Server 2008 R2 .
Learn from the full set of documentation for technologies in Windows Server, including Security, Networking, and Active Directory services technologies.
Browse Windows Server content categories, such as Evaluation, Deployment, Getting Started, Management and Operations, Migration, and Technical Reference.
Find detailed information about Windows by using command references and the Windows glossary, and use tools such as Windows Search, Backup and Recovery, and Performance to work with your server.
Learn about management and installation tools and server roles. Includes pre-installation information, including system requirements; what you need to do before you start Setup; and supported upgrade paths.
Use events, error messages, and other tools to troubleshoot and support Windows Server.
Browse information on Windows Server security technologies.
Find out about using Windows Server with computer hardware and peripherals.
Learn more about Windows Server service packs with release notes, installation instructions, and other information.
Learn how to deploy solutions by combining multiple Windows-based technologies or Microsoft products.
Find migration documentation and tools for migrating server roles, features, operating system settings, and data from an existing server that is running Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008 to a computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2.
Use Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) to manage downloading software updates from Microsoft Update and distributing them to computers in your network.
Features deprecated in Windows Server 2008 R2
The following documentation identifies features and functionalities that were available in previous versions of the Windows and Windows Server operating systems that are no longer available in Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.