Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard is another one of Microsoft’s entry level server offerings (alongside Windows Web Server R2 2008 and Windows Server R2 2008 Foundation). As previously stated, whilst the original version of Windows Server 2008 supported both 32-bit and 64-bit versions, the R2 version supports only 64-bit processors. In terms of hardware, Standard Edition supports up to 4GB of RAM and 4 processors.
Windows Server 2008 is primarily targeted at small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) and is ideal for providing domain, web, DNS, remote access, print, file and application services. Support for clustering, however, is notably absent from this edition. An upgrade path to Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard is available from Windows Server 2008, Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition.
Windows Server 2008 R2 Hardware Requirements
Before investing time and resources into downloading and installing Windows Server 2008 R2, an important first step is to gain an appreciation of the hardware requirements necessary to effectively run the operating system. The following table provides an overview of Microsoft’s recommended minimum hardware requirements:
Minimum / Recommended Requirements
|Processor||• Minimum: 1.4GHz (x64 processor)
• Recommended: 2GHz or faster
Note: For Itanium based systems an Intel Itanium 2 processor is required.
|Memory||• Minimum: 512MB RAM
• Recommended: 2GB RAM or greater
• Maximum (32-bit systems): 4GB (Standard) or 64GB (Enterprise and Datacenter)
• Maximum: 8GB (Foundation) 32GB (Standard) or 2TB (Enterprise, Datacenter and Itanium-Based Systems)
|Available Disk Space||• Minimum: 10GB
• Recommended: 40GB or greater
Note: Systems with RAM in excess of 16GB will require greater amounts of disk space to accommodate paging, hibernation, and dump files
|Display and Peripherals||• Super VGA or greater-resolution monitor (800×600)
• Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device