New and Updated Features in Windows Server 2008

In the table below is a summarized version of all new and updated features for Windows Server 2008 and which edition they are supported on. For a detailed overview of these features, please visit the Why Upgrade page.

KEY: = Not Available = Available
New/Updated Features Enterprise Datacenter Standard Foundation Web Itanium HPC License Requirements
NEW: AD Rights Management Services (RMS)
Available
Available
Available
Not Available
Not Available
Not Available
Not Available
Covered by server license, but incremental RMS CALs required, similar to Terminal Services.
NEW: Cryptography Next Generation (CNG)
Available
Available
Available
Not Available
Available
Available
Available
Covered by server license. No incremental licensing requirements.
NEW: Group Policy Preferences
Available
Available
Available
Not Available
Available
Available
Available
Covered by server license. No incremental licensing requirements.
NEW: Hyper-V
Available
Available
Available
Not Available
Not Available
Not Available
Available
Covered by server license. No incremental licensing requirements.*
NEW: Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0
Available
Available
Available
Available
Available
Available
Available
Covered by server license. No incremental licensing requirements.
NEW: Network Access Protection (NAP)
Available
Available
Available
Available
Not Available
Not Available
Available
Covered by server license. No incremental licensing requirements.
NEW: Read Only Domain Controllers (RODC)
Available
Available
Available
Available
Available
Not Available
Available
Covered by server license. No incremental licensing requirements.
NEW: Server Core
Available
Available
Available
Available
Available
Available
Available
Covered by server license. No incremental licensing requirements.
NEW: Server Manager
Available
Available
Available
Available
Available
Available
Available
Covered by server license. No incremental licensing requirements.
NEW: Terminal Services Gateway and RemoteApp
Available
Available
Available
Available
Not Available
Not Available
Available
Covered by server license, but incremental TS CALs required, similar to AD Rights Management Services.
NEW: Windows Deployment Services (WDS)
Available
Available
Available
Available
Not Available
Not Available
Available
Covered by server license. No incremental licensing requirements.
*Windows Server 2008 Datacenter allows for running an unlimited number of virtual instances per server license. Windows Server 2008 Enterprise allows four simultaneous virtual instances per server license.
Enhancements Enterprise Datacenter Standard Web Itanium HPC License Requirements
Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS)
Available
Available
Available
Not Available
Not Available
Not Available
Covered by server license. No incremental licensing requirements.
Active Directory Federation Services enhancements
Available
Available
Available
Not Available
Not Available
Available
Covered by server license, but may require additional licensing based on use.
DNS Server enhancements
Available
Available
Available
Not Available
Not Available
Not Available
Covered by server license. No incremental licensing requirements.
Failover Clustering enhancements
Available
Available
Not Available
Not Available
Available
Not Available
Covered by server license. No incremental licensing requirements.
Network Load Balancing enhancements
Available
Available
Available
Available
Available
Not Available
Covered by server license. No incremental licensing requirements.
Windows Server Backup enhancements
Available
Available
Available
Available
Available
Not Available
Covered by server license. No incremental licensing requirements.
Windows Reliability and Performance Monitor enhancements
Available
Available
Available
Available
Available
Not Available
Covered by server license. No incremental licensing requirements.
TCP/IP Stack enhancements
Available
Available
Available
Available
Available
Not Available
Covered by server license. No incremental licensing requirements.
Windows Firewall with Advanced Security enhancements
Available
Available
Available
Available
Available
Not Available
Covered by server license. No incremental licensing requirements.
Terminal Services enhancements
Available
Available
Available
Not Available
Not Available
Not Available
Covered by server license, but incremental TS CALs required, similar to AD Rights Management Services.
Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) enhancements
Available
Available
Available
Not Available
Not Available
Not Available
Covered by server license. No incremental licensing requirements.
Windows Media Services enhancements
Available
Available
Available
Available
Not Available
Not Available
Covered by server license. No incremental licensing requirements.
 

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