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Windows 2008 Standard vs Windows 2008 R2

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What is the difference between Windows 2008 Standard and Windows 2008 R2?  Is it a free upgrade or a totally different purchased product?  Is the non-R2 product still available?
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Windows Server 2008 is based on the same code as Windows Vista.
Windows Server 2008 R2 is based on the same code as Windows 7.

Since you placed this in the SBS zone, the current Small Business Server 2008 is based on Server 2008 (non-R2).  SBS 2011 is due out shortly (RTM next month, OEM/shelves in February).

It is not a free upgrade anymore than Windows 7 was a free upgrade to Windows Vista.

Non-R2 is not generally sold; if you need it, you can buy a volume license and then get the 2008 (non-R2) version through Software Assurance.

Server 2008 R2 is 64 bit ONLY - there is no 32 bit version.
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Is the correct nomenclature Sever 2008 Standard and Server 2008 R2?
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Just to answer the last question:

There exists both a Server 2008 Standard Edition and Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition.  Standard is only the package of features and functionality within the version of the operating system.
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