Windows Server 2008 is here and we have in-depth coverage of what you need to know about the latest server OS from Microsoft. Mark Russinovich explores key changes in the Windows Server 2008 kernel, explaining how they improve reliability, performance, and scalability. Mark even looks at virtualization with Hyper-V.
Gil Kirkpatrick then takes an in-depth look at What's New in Active Directory Domain Services. We then cover major changes in IIS 7.0 that improve security, manageability, and extensibility of the platform.
We then have a couple articles about administration and security, looking at Policy-Driven Network Access and Configuring Roles with Server Manager. Tim Mintner then shows you how System Center Configuration Manager 2007 and the new Microsoft Deployment Toolkit can let you automate your Windows Server 2008 deployments. And then we wrap up with a look at creating a comprehensive auditing and compliance strategy.
And be sure to check out our regular columns. This month, Don Jones demonstrates how to provide status feedback in your Windows PowerShell scripts, Wes Miller looks at the use of thin clients in kiosk systems, Jesper Johansson gets into the Windows Server 2008 coverage in the Security Watch column with a look at using the the Security Configuration Wizard on Windows Server 2008, and more.
If you are still thinking about migrating to Windows Server 2008, you may want to download the trial software or give it a free hands-on try in one of our Windows Server 2008 Virtual Labs.
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