Microsoft Touts Windows Server 2008 R2 Features: File Classification Infrastructure and Hyper-V
Article by George Norman
On 12 May 2009
With Windows 7 Release Candidate becoming publicly available for download, the simple truth of the matter is that the lion’s share of attention has been given to this brand new release, and not to Windows 7 Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate, which was rolled out at the same time Win7 RC was. Now that the Microsoft TechEd North America 2009 show is in full swing (kicked off on the 11th and will draw to a close on the 15th of May), the Redmond-based software developer is once again drawing attention to Windows Server 2008 R2, and showing off some of its features.

“[TechEd] is the first venue where we’ll be taking off the wrappers and offering the world a deep dive look at the new code. Including, by the way, some brand NEW features we’ve been saving for TechEd that can be found in the newest [Windows Server 2008 R2] RC build,” said Windows Server Division’s Oliver Rist.

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One of the features in Windows Server 2008 R2 that Microsoft wants you to be made aware off is FCI (File Classification Infrastructure), a feature that allows admins to classify files according to tags and according to file characteristics and file content.

“File Classification Infrastructure enables organizations to classify their files (assign properties to files) and then use Windows mechanisms as well as partner solutions to apply actions to files based on the file classification. The File Classification Infrastructure includes the ability to define classification properties, automatically classify files based on location and content, apply file management tasks such as file expiration and custom commands based on classification and produce reports that show the distribution of a classification property on the file server,” explains Program Manager with the Microsoft Corporation, Nir Ben Zvi.

Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2
is another feature that the development team behind the OS is boasting about. It comes with live migration, clustered shared volumes, hot add/remove storage, improved networking support, 64 logical processor support, processor compatibility mode for live migration, and so on.

Oliver Rist again: “[Hyper-V] is still the darling child of this release, and it, too, gets some more juice with R2 RC. For one, Hyper-V now supports up to 64 logical processors, double what we were supporting in Windows Server 2008. We’ve also added Processor Compatibility mode. In a nutshell, administrators can now migrate VMs between physical hosts that are running different CPUs as long as those CPUs are Hyper-V-enabled and from the same proc manufacturer family.”



Tags: Microsoft, Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, File Classification Infrastructure
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