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
Does anyone know how it will handle bitrot within files?
why is SIS not available in regular windows server or WSS not available in a virtual edition??? this is so annoying! Everything is virtual these days. I want to take advantage of SIS on a NAS virtual machine.
Can upgrade to windows storage server 2008 R2 from windows storage server 2003 R2?
Bob - According to my Dell rep, you can't upgrade to 2008 WSS, it's only available to manufacturers. As yet I have not been able to find this, which is frustrating as we're upgrading to Exchange 2010 and need DPM 2010 to support it, but I can't put DPM 2010 on a 2003 box. 2008 Server won't upgrade over my 2003 WSS and now I'm finding out I have to buy a completely new NAS just to upgrade the OS.
Seriously, if anyone finds this is not the case, I'd LOVE to hear about it.
I've look and haven't found an answer to what I thought would be a basic question:
Is there a cost and/or licensing issue with upgrading from 2008 WSS Standard to 2008 WSS R2 Standard?
I am thinking to get the WSS R2 OS but i would like to know if i can use it as an Active Directory server role.
I have only one ACTIVE Directory and since i will get this for Backup reason of my servers i am thinking to make this one.
Let me know pls if anyone use it already.
Is it possible to perform an in-place upgrade from Windows Server 2008 R2 to Windows Storage Server 2008 R2?
Andrew: Yes! WSS 2008 R2 is R2 to begin with.
Can Storage Server R2 use RAW disk instead of VHD files?
Scott - learn to read. Andrew - No.
Andrew, Steve is right. Machines in the field cannot be upgraded by end users. WSS is sold as an appliance by OEMs.
JJ, Yes, the OS supports many disk controllers that will attach to raw disks and be able to format them.
I am a little steamed. I read the Microsoft FAQ and wanted WSS 2008 R2. I then ordered a Dell PowerVault NX300 and NX3000 and they came with WSS 2008 SP2, not R2. Dell tells me they aren't buildin WSS 2008 R2 boxes yet. While it is my fault for assuming it was R2, it kinda sucks that I can't do read only DC and other R2 stuff.
Who can give me a serial no? send to my email :email@example.com, thanks very much.
What are considerations for UPGRADING Windows Storage Server 2003 to Windows Storage Server 2008 ? I need details of doing this upgrade, hardware and software issues and considerations.
I need the Computer and Backup from WSS Esentialss 2008 , but I have WSS Standard 2008 . Can I use this function ? and how ?