Windows Server 2008
|OS family||Windows Server|
|Source model||Proprietary software|
|Released to |
|February 27, 2008|
|Latest preview||June CTP (Build 6001.16606) / June 2007|
|Kernel type||Hybrid kernel|
|Paid Extended Security Updates (ESU) are available
Start date: February 27, 2008.
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.
- "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.
- Official website
- Microsoft TechCenter for Windows Server 2008
- New Networking Features in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista – lengthy article from Microsoft Technet covering new networking features in detail
- Changes in Functionality from Windows Server 2003 with SP1 to Windows Server 2008
- Windows Server 2008 Technical Overview
- Screenshots of Server Components from Latest Longhorn Builds Archived 2008-08-20 at the Wayback Machine
- ZDnet UK article[permanent dead link]
- winsupersite.com Preview Archived 2006-05-04 at the Wayback Machine
- winsupersite.com Preview 2 Archived 2006-06-14 at the Wayback Machine