Windows Server 2008

version of the Windows Server line of server operating systems, based on Windows Vienna and released in 2008

Windows Server 2008 is the name of a server operating system from Microsoft, the previous version of which was Windows Server 2003.

Windows Server 2008
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DeveloperMicrosoft
OS familyWindows Server
Source modelProprietary software
Released to
manufacturing
February 27, 2008
Latest previewJune CTP (Build 6001.16606) / June 2007[1]
Kernel typeHybrid kernel
LicenseMicrosoft EULA
Official websitewww.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/default.mspx%20www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/
Support status
Paid Extended Security Updates (ESU) are available

Start date: February 27, 2008.

  • Mainstream support ended on January 13, 2015.
  • Extended support ended on 14 January 2020.
  • Windows Server 2008 is eligible for the paid Extended Security Updates (ESU) program (free for Azure Virtual Desktop users). This program can extend the support for 3 more years, in early installments. Security Updates are available until January 10, 2023 (January 9, 2024 for Azure Virtual Desktop users).
Service Pack 2 is allowed for all users for extended support after July 12, 2011.

This operating system was codenamed named Windows Server "Longhorn", but on May 15, 2007, Bill Gates announced its official name on Windows Hardware Engineering Conference 2007.[2]

This operating system has several new features compared to its previous version. Many of these new features are present in Windows Vista. Mainstream support of Windows Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2 ended on January 13, 2015 and extended support ended on January 14, 2020, the same day as Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 extended support. Windows Server 2008 is eligible for the paid Extended Security Updates (ESU) program (free for Azure Virtual Desktop users). It can extend support for 3 more years, in early installments. Security updates are available for the operating system until January 10, 2023, until the same day, as the end of support for ESU support for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7, as well until the same day as the end of support for Windows 8/8.1 and Windows RT, and 9 month before end of extended support for Windows Server 2012/R2. In November 2021, Microsoft extended ESU support for Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 until January 9, 2024, only with Microsoft Azure installed. In the case of Azure, this will mark the final end of ESU support for the Windows Vista codebase after 17 years, 2 months and 1 day.

ReferencesEdit

  1. http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/archive/2007/04/25/beta-3-is-go.aspx
  2. "Forward Thinking by Michael J. Miller : Gates at WinHec 2007: Windows Server 2008, Rally, Home Server and More". Archived from the original on 2007-06-26. Retrieved 2007-06-01.

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