Evaluate Windows Server 2008
Updated: March 25, 2009
Applies To: Windows Server 2008
Use the following documentation to evaluate technologies in Windows Server® 2008.
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Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS)
Discover how Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) provides customizable services for issuing and managing public key certificates used in software security systems that employ public key technologies.
Learn about changes in AD CS functionality from previous versions that are available in Windows Server 2008.
Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)
Learn how to create a scalable, secure, and manageable infrastructure for user and resource management with AD DS.
Find out about new features in AD DS for Windows Server 2008.
Discover the applications that are compatible with AD DS read-only domain controllers, which allow you to easily deploy a domain controller in locations where physical security cannot be guaranteed.
Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS)
Learn about the improvements to AD FS in this release of Windows Server.
Find out how AD FS allows you to create a highly extensible, Internet-scalable, and secure identity access solution that can operate across multiple platforms, including both Windows and non-Windows environments.
Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS)
Learn how to provide directory services with AD LDS for directory-enabled applications without incurring the overhead of domains and forests and the requirements of a single schema throughout a forest.
Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS)
Gain insight into AD RMS with this overview topic.
Find out what's new in AD RMS in Windows Server 2008.
Discover changes in functionality and new features in Application Server for Windows Server 2008.
Find out more about Application Server as a server role in Windows Server 2008.
Learn more about Application Server with answers to common questions.
Find out about changes in Authorization Manager.
Backup and Recovery
Learn about backup and recovery new and updated features to help you create backups and, if needed, perform a recovery of your operating system, applications, and data.
BitLocker Drive Encryption
Learn more about Windows® BitLocker™ Drive Encryption (BitLocker), which is a data protection feature available in Windows Vista® Enterprise and Windows Vista® Ultimate for client computers, and in Windows Server® 2008. BitLocker addresses the threats of data theft or exposure from lost, stolen, or inappropriately decommissioned personal computers by providing a closely integrated solution in Windows Vista.
Domain Name System (DNS)
Explore the overview of DNS in Windows Server 2008.
Find out about changes in functionality and new features in DNS for Windows Server 2008.
Learn about changes in functionality for failover clusters in Windows Server 2008.
Network Policy and Access Services (NPAS)
Gain an understanding of the NPAS server role.
Network Policy Server (NPS)
Get a quick overview of NPS, Microsoft's implementation of the Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) protocol and a key NAP component, with fast facts.
Routing and Remote Access service (RRAS)
Learn about how to deploy RRAS using a test lab environment.
Security Configuration Wizard
Explore changes in the Security Configuration Wizard in Windows Server 2008.
Server Security Policy Management
Find out more about using tools to manage the security policies on your servers.
Discover improvements that have been made to software restriction policies.
Streaming Media Services
Discover key information from release notes for Streaming Media Services.
Find out about the Terminal Services server role in Windows Server 2008, which provides technologies that enable users to access Windows-based programs that are installed on a terminal server, or to access the full Windows desktop. With Terminal Services, users can access a terminal server from within a corporate network or from the Internet.
Learn about changes in functionality and new features for Terminal Services.
Explore resources for Internet Information Services 7.0.
Windows Deployment Services
Obtain an overview of Windows Deployment Services.
Learn about deploying Windows Deployment Services in a test lab environment.
Discover answers to frequently asked questions for Windows Deployment Services.
Find out about changes in functionality and new features questions for Windows Deployment Services.
Windows Firewall with Advanced Security and IPsec
Windows® Firewall with Advanced Security is a stateful, host-based firewall that blocks incoming and outgoing connections according to the rules configured by an administrator.
By using the Windows operating systems, you can mitigate some of the risks associated with unauthorized and potentially unfriendly access to your network and its resources by creating an isolated network. By using Active Directory® Domain Services and Group Policy settings, you can isolate both your domain and servers that store sensitive data, thus limiting access to only authenticated and authorized users.
This topic provides a detailed overview of server isolation. It explains how server isolation protects isolated servers and the benefits of deploying server isolation. It also provides a brief overview of how to deploy server isolation.
This white paper provides a detailed overview of domain isolation. It explains how domain isolation protects domain member computers and the benefits of deploying domain isolation. It also provides a brief overview of how to deploy domain isolation.