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Updated September 27, 2010

Windows Server 2008 is the most advanced Windows Server operating system yet, designed to power the next-generation of networks, applications, and Web services. With Windows Server 2008, you can develop, deliver, and manage rich user experiences and applications, provide a highly secure network infrastructure, and increase technological efficiency and value within your organization.

System Requirements


  • Minimum: 1 GHz (x86 processor) or 1.4 GHz (x64 processor)
  • Recommended: 2 GHz or faster
    Note: An Intel Itanium 2 processor is required for Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems


  • Minimum: 512 MB RAM
  • Recommended: 2 GB RAM or greater
  • Optimal: 2 GB RAM (Full installation) or 1 GB RAM (Server Core installation) or more
  • Maximum (32-bit systems): 4 GB (Standard) or 64 GB (Enterprise and Datacenter)
  • Maximum (64-bit systems): 32 GB (Standard) or 1 TB (Enterprise and Datacenter), or 2 TB (Itanium-Based Systems)

Available Disk Space:

  • Minimum: 10 GB
  • Recommended: 40 GB or greater
    Note: Computers with more than 16GB of RAM will require more disk space for paging, hibernation, and dump files


  • DVD-ROM drive


  • Super VGA (800 × 600) or higher resolution monitor
Windows Server 2008 Product Overview

A Solid Foundation for Your Business

  • Windows Server 2008 provides a solid foundation for all of your server workload and application requirements while also being easy to deploy and manage.
  • The all new Server Manager provides a unified management console that simplifies and streamlines server setup, configuration, and ongoing management.

Virtualization Built-in

  • Windows Server Hyper-V allows you to make the best use of your server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines running on a single physical machine.
  • Applications can also be efficiently virtualized using Windows Server 2008 centralized application access technologies.

Built for the Web

  • Windows Server 2008 comes with Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS 7.0), a Web server and security-enhanced, easy-to-manage platform for developing and reliably hosting Web applications and services.



Windows Server 2008 Standard is the most robust Windows Server operating system to date. With built-in, enhanced Web and virtualization capabilities, it is designed to increase the reliability and flexibility of your server infrastructure while helping save time and reduce costs.

  • Internet Information Services 7.0
  • Hyper-V
  • Network Access Protection
  • Active Directory Rights Management Services (RMS)

What's New

  • Easy to deploy and manage: Provides a solid foundation for all of your server workload and application requirements.
  • Virtualization: Hyper-V, the next-generation hypervisor-based server virtualization technology, allows you to consolidate servers and use hardware more efficiently.
  • Improved Web administration: and diagnostics, development, and application tools with Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS 7.0), a major upgrade from IIS 6.0.
  • Operating system is hardened: integrates several identity and access technologies, and includes multiple security innovations to more easily deploy a policy-driven network that helps protect your server infrastructure, your data, and your business.

Additional Resources

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Case Studies
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Additional Product Information

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How to Buy
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