Difference between Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2 and 2012 R2

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Hi,

Please guide me as to the difference between Windows Server 2008, 2008 R2 and 2012 R2  in terms of the network features.

Or please provide me a link.

Thanks,
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Ammar IqbalSenior IT Consultant/senior Software engineer

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Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 are the same operating system, just at a different service pack level (Windows Server 2008 started at the SP1 level because it was released quite a bit after Windows Vista and SP1 was already out).

Windows Server 2008 R2 is the server release of Windows 7, so it's version 6.1 of the O.S.; it introduces quite a lot of new features, because it's actually a new release of the system. This is a good place to start: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/whats-new.aspx.

There are also differences at the GUI level, because WS2008R2 uses the same new GUI introduced with Windows 7 (new taskbar, etc.).

Depending on what kind of applications you're developing, they may or may not encounter problems on different O.S. releases; you should definitely check MSDN.

The single most important point: Windows Server 2008 R2 exists only for 64-bit platforms, there's no x86 version anymore.
Ammar IqbalSenior IT Consultant/senior Software engineer

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Thanks but i need a comparison of the 3 Os's in One table.
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here you go, the official comparison:

http://www.microsoft.com/en-au/server-cloud/products/windows-server-2012-r2/comparison.aspx

sorry no Windows 2008. what's the point to use 2K8 while 2K8 R2 is available? :)
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Thanks.

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