Microsoft to Release 8 Versions of Windows Server 2008

Microsoft will release eight versions of Windows Server 2008 when it ships in late February 2008, three of which will include its hypervisor technology, Hyper-V. "The Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter versions of Windows Server 2008 will be offered with and without Hyper-V, both in 32-bit and 64-bit versions," Brad Anderson, general manager for the Windows and Enterprise management division, said at a press conference at the TechEd IT Forum event here Nov. 12.

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I think this may be slightly confusing for some people the way it appears now. 32-bit versions of Windows Server 2008 will not include Hyper-V.

As taken directly from the Microsoft PressPass announcement:

The Hyper-V feature will only be available with 64-bit editions of Windows Server 2008.

This basically means the three 64-bit (x64) editions of Windows Server 2008: Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, and Windows Server 2008 Datacenter will include the Hyper-V feature, while their 32-bit counterparts, along with Windows Web Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems will not include Hyper-V.

Summary
x64 Versions
Windows Server 2008 Standard x64 (includes Hyper-V)
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise x64 (includes Hyper-V)
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter x64 (includes Hyper-V)

32-bit Versions
Windows Server 2008 Standard (does not include Hyper-V)
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise (does not include Hyper-V)
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter (does not include Hyper-V)
Windows Web Server 2008 (does not include Hyper-V)

IA64 Versions
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems (does not include Hyper-V)

This isn't so different from all the various flavors of Windows Server 2003 that exist, which includes both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition, and Datacenter Edition, along with a 32-bit version of Web Edition, and Enterprise and Datacenter Editions being available for Itanium-based Systems.

Hawkeye said,
I think this may be slightly confusing for some people the way it appears now. 32-bit versions of Windows Server 2008 will not include Hyper-V.

As taken directly from the Microsoft PressPass announcement:

This basically means the three 64-bit (x64) editions of Windows Server 2008: Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, and Windows Server 2008 Datacenter will include the Hyper-V feature, while their 32-bit counterparts, along with Windows Web Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems will not include Hyper-V.

Summary
x64 Versions
Windows Server 2008 Standard x64 (includes Hyper-V)
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise x64 (includes Hyper-V)
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter x64 (includes Hyper-V)

32-bit Versions
Windows Server 2008 Standard (does not include Hyper-V)
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise (does not include Hyper-V)
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter (does not include Hyper-V)
Windows Web Server 2008 (does not include Hyper-V)

IA64 Versions
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems (does not include Hyper-V)

This isn't so different from all the various flavors of Windows Server 2003 that exist, which includes both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of Standard Edition, Enterprise Edition, and Datacenter Edition, along with a 32-bit version of Web Edition, and Enterprise and Datacenter Editions being available for Itanium-based Systems.

And one other thing people missed in all this. These are the LAST Windows Server versions to come in 32bit!

Next version is 64bit only. So I suppose that'll cut down the SKUs won't it?

williamhook said,
8? Is that all? Why not release an individual version for every CPU ever made. :sleeping:

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SirEvan said,

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Yes,
I do and this is stupid as heck for MS. Just another way to suck as much money off people as they can and to make up for VistaMe2's crappy sales! <snipped - rule 2>

cork1958 said,
Yes,
I do and this is stupid as heck for MS. Just another way to suck as much money off people as they can and to make up for VistaMe2's crappy sales! <snipped - rule 2>

Ok you're just plain dumb.
But if you show me how you run x64 code on 32bit CPU, I'll reconsider.

SirEvan said,
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Windows is an intellectual property where you do not purchase a product, but a license to use said product. That should make many of those analogies flawed.

The thing is that MS can offer the choice, but in alternative fashions, such as modules you attach to a kernel, instead of users having to purchase one product and later when the server farm expands, another one, even if it was just really a module that needed to be installed. I think that's what many are annoyed about.

Hopefully for most people it'll come down to just 3 versions (all 64-bit :)). Then again, I guess not every application available for servers is necessarily 32-bit.... luckily though you can run 32-bit apps on the OS.

I find it rather odd that the same people saying how stupid Microsoft is for releasing multiple versions of their operating systems are also the ones advocating that people switch to one of the 50-odd distributions of Linux out there.

8? not only this is bad for us, consumers, but how the hell can they keep up the pace with eight versions to develop simultaneously? I know 98% of the code will be common in all versions, but seriously...

its not a desktop OS..i hardly doubt you're going to need clustering or data center functionality ...oh wait...does your desktop have 8+ processors in it? oh then you'll be a consumer of this software.


THIS IS GEARED TOWARDS ENTERPRISES PEOPLE

as they^^^ said. if your a general consumer home user, you don't need to know, if youra network admin then you will know, adn you will know what features you need. end of story,all the users that don't run serevrs, can you please stop posting, your wasting everyones time including your own.

bobbba said,
what about the L77T crew who will want to use it for gaming :D

For them it will be a lose lose situation because Vista will be updated this time to have the same performance enhancements including the new kernel with windows 2008's release so there is no reason to do that this time

To all those who're complaining about MS charging an additional $28 for Hyper Visor, just think for a second. Every time MS includes a new feature in their OS for free, some other company complains that MS are abusing their monopoly (despite the fact that the other company probably wouldn't even be in business if it wasn't for MS). Furthermore, the howls of 'BLOAT' start to become deafening (despite the fact that if it aint running, it aint comsuming resources other than a tiny amount of space on a huge HD).

So, this time MS have made the feature available for a nominal fee for those that want it, and what do you know, there are still some idiots complaining.

STFU already!

Don't be fooled, there are only TWO version of windows server 2008 with different kind of modules available, 32bits and 64bits, the core (and many other features) are the same and in some cases can share the same updates.

Same happens when you are buying a car, for example a EcoSport... with air conditioner, automatic or manual, black, silver or golden, 1.6 or 1.8 motor and such, in the deep is the same car with different upgrades.

Just what this discussion needed, a car analogy + a careful choice of font sizes.

Don't be fooled, there are only TWO version of windows server 2008 with different kind of modules available, 32bits and 64bits, the core (and many other features) are the same and in some cases can share the same updates.

No, there will be 8 full fledged SKU's. Don't fool yourself. Yes, it is really just modules on a kernel, but still, 8 products. If Microsoft wanted to though, they could maybe have less products and let people attach modules to that one ( and many would like to see that happen! ), but MS don't want to provide that kind of licensing.

My guess is only about 10% of the people posting here will even (legally & legitimately) use a copy of Windows 2008, and my guess is they're not the ones complaining.

OH NO!

Eight whole choices!!! Why can't Microsoft be like Apple and give us only one system with 2 possible licenses? Why oh why does Microsoft let businesses have this much choice?

Unbelievable!

becasue microsoft has a decent server, the apple server is pretty damn poor.
becasue most IT guys woudl not stick apple computers in a corporate network, and even if they did they usually use windows or linux servers

MS gives US choice so WE can decide what we NEED. if you don't run servers why do you care how many versiosn there are and if you do run servers then you should know what you need adn which version suits you.

wheres the problem

SERVER adn CLIENT = different

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