Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 has been released to our OEM manufacturers! In my opinion, this OEM platform is by far the best value for your money for a network-attached storage (NAS) appliance operating system. Our OEMs tell us that they prefer a solution that integrates flawlessly into an Active Directory, supports that latest storage management applications, plays nice with industry standards and has an easy to use interface that IT pros understand. Buying industry standard servers running Windows Storage Server is 4x less expensive than buying a proprietary appliance and the features people want most are included without paying more later. In addition to the cost savings, the new release scales very well to accommodate many more users accessing files than those proprietary appliances.
In today’s IT environment, people expect great features like fast file protocols with distributed namespaces, file replication, data deduplication, iSCSI Targets, volume snapshots and support for the latest security, anti-virus, and backup applications. They want the ability to do storage reporting and enact automated policies based on the business value of their data. If something goes wrong, they want on-site support staff with teams of people available to resolve issues and answer questions. Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 is built on the award-winning Windows Server 2008 R2 codebase and contains some awesome features for NAS solutions. OEMs will be offering great storage solutions and best in class support for these mission-critical systems over the next decade.
Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 based storage appliances are delivered by Microsoft partners with the same management and protection tools that are deployed across the rest of their customer’s Windows infrastructure. Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 enables simplified and rapid deployment of highly available file or iSCSI-based block servers without the user ever going to the second node to configure the cluster. Three New Editions to Savor:
There are a ton of new things you can do with Windows Storage Server appliances. Let’s look at the key scenarios and uses.
I am really looking forward to seeing the new hardware that will come out with WSS in the next few months. Check back here for a new series of blogs on WSS we have planned.
Cheers, Scott M. Johnson Program Manager Windows Storage Server
When will WSS2008 R2 be available to download from TechNet?
It might take a week or so, but it should be pretty quick.
Will a person be able to upgrade from WSS2008 to WSS2008R2 and migrate their existing volumes without a rebuild? In other words if I have WSS2008 and volumes now, can I go to R2 with just an upgrade?
You can do a fresh install and continue to use the same volumes, but you cannot do an in-place upgrade to maintain applications and settings. Some OEMs will support migrating a server to a newer version.
Another question. Will TRIM for SSDs be supported (as it is in Windows 7)? I believe it isn't in WSS2008.
Yeah, TRIM for SSDs is supported. These editions share the Windows Server 2008 R2 codebase when it comes to disk subsystems and device support.
Will the users limit in the Workgroup Edition be changed from the R1 to R2?
The current limit is 50 users, and the table comparing the R2 editions mentions a 25 limit for the Workgroup Edition.
The increase in the disks limit would be good, but the users limit change wuold be a shame =/
So with a Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 NAS appliance you could then store the data for Hyper-V VM's? I thought I read that Hyper-V does not support the storage of the VM's on NAS appliances is this where the iSCSI initiator comes into playy?
What level of domain (2003, 2008, 2008 R2) does RODC require?
I second that Hyper-V question: if I want to run a cluster for both floating my Hyper-V VMs and serving up my DFS namespaces for my LAN users then can I just buy 2-3 WSS2k8R2 Ent servers and configure them to all these services?
Or I have to get 2 WSS2k8R2 Ent for all file services and host Clustered Shared Volume (to save on CALs) + 2 WS2k8R2 Ent/DC to host Hyper-V and everything else (domain services etc)? (Storaqe would be a LeftHand/Equallogic-type of unit, no need for RAID or anything fancy at OS level.)
I just checked with my OEM license distributor and they don't have it yet.She said its scheduled for November... Is there a different release schedule for those of us who get our WSS licenses through distributors?
Does this require vendor supplied hardware or can this be installed to an existing server or in our case...a vmware cluster as a virtual machine?
How to set up MS iSCSI Software target (target side) for HPC iSCSI Provider to support booting hundreds of diskless HPC nodes ?
we are also interested in WSS 2008 R2 and tested the new version. Now we found out, that it is possible to activate SingleInstanceStorage on a 2008 R2 server. Is this supported? Or is it only supported on WSS OEM distributed hardware?
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