Windows Web Server 2008 R2 Edition

The Windows Web Server 2008 R2 Edition is a web front-end server version of the operating system focused on application server needs that are dedicated to web services requirements. Many organizations are setting up simple web servers as front ends to database servers, messaging servers, or data application server systems. Windows Web Server 2008 R2 Edition can be used as a simple web server to host application development environments or can be integrated as part of a more sophisticated web farm and web services environment that scales to multiple load-balanced systems. The Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system has significant improvements in scalability over previous versions of the Windows operating system, and an organization can license multiple web services systems at a lower cost per server to provide the scalability and redundancy desired in large web farm environments.

For organizations looking to purchase a low-cost Windows Web Server Edition to set up a simple file and print server or utility server (DNS, DHCP, domain controller), the Web Server Edition does not provide traditional multiuser file or print access or utility services. You need to purchase the Windows Server 2008 R2, Standard Edition to get capabilities other than web services.

Source of Information : Sams - Windows Server 2008 R2 Unleashed

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