Windows Storage Server 2008

Updated: January 18, 2012

Applies To: Windows Storage Server 2008

Windows® Storage Server 2008 operating systems provide file storage and print server capabilities for client and server computers in your network environment. Storage appliances running Windows Storage Server 2008 can be used in failover clusters, providing high availability storage for application servers and file storage.

Windows Storage Server 2008 provides the following features:

  • Single Instance Storage (SIS) v2 – SIS reduces the amount of storage used by data by replacing multiple identical copies with logical links to a single source copy.

  • File Server Optimization – Windows Storage Server 2008 is tuned to provide better performance in a file server role, realizing as much as an 8% performance gain in file system operations.

  • Remote Administration in Heterogeneous Environments – Remote administration of Windows Storage Server 2008 appliances can be done from Internet Explorer by using an ActiveX control, and from non-Microsoft browsers by using a Java control.

  • Improved Failover Clustering - Failover clustering in Windows Storage Server 2008 builds redundancy into your network and eliminates single points of failure for your data.

  • Print Services – Windows Storage Server 2008 offers performance enhancements for the Print Services role.

  • Distributed File System (DFS) Namespace and Replication – Windows Storage Server 2008 can provide DFS support for file sharing for WANs and satellite offices.

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