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Windows Server 2008 Line-up and Pricing

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Like Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008 will be available in a multitude of product versions; eight to be precise, three of which include Hyper-V: Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and Windows Server 2008 Datacenter.

Two versions offered without Hyper-V are targeted at specific workloads: Windows Web Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems.

To complete the product offering, Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and Windows Server 2008 Datacenter will also be available without the Hyper-V technology.

All server versions will be available in 32-bit or 64-bit versions, with the exception of Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems, which will only be available as a 64-bit version. Other changes include the availability of Windows Web Server 2008, a 64-bit edition of Web server. The Hyper-V feature will only be available with 64-bit editions of Windows Server 2008.

Pricing for all Windows Server 2008 products will be increasing by approximately 1 percent for all distribution channels. Estimated MSRP* are listed by each version below:
Windows Server 2008 Standard: $999 (with five Client Access Licenses, or CALs)
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise: $3,999 (with 25 CALs)
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter: $2,999 (per processor)
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems: $2,999 (per processor)
Windows Web Server 2008: $469
Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V: $971 (with five CALs)
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V: $3,971 (with 25 CALs)
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V: $2,971 (per processor)
For more Info visit
System Requirements for Windows Server 2008:
System Requirements:
ProcessorMinimum: Minimum: 1GHz (x86 processor) or 1.4GHz (x64 processor) Recommended: Recommended: 2GHz or faster
Note: An Intel Itanium 2 processor is required for Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems.
Minimum: 512MB RAMRecommended: 2GB RAM or greaterOptimal: 2GB RAM (Full installation) or 1GB RAM (Server Core installation) or moreMaximum (32-bit systems): 4GB (Standard) or 64GB (Enterprise and Datacenter)Maximum (64-bit systems): 32GB (Standard) or 2TB (Enterprise, Datacenter and Itanium-based Systems)
Available Disk SpaceMinimum: 10GBRecommended: 40GB or greater
Note: Computers with more than 16GB of RAM will require more disk space for paging, hibernation, and dump files.
DVD-ROM drive
Super VGA (800 × 600) or higher-resolution monitor.
Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device.
Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate 1
This time-limited release of Windows Server® 2008 Release Candidate 1 will expire on June 30, 2008. After this time, you will need to uninstall the software or upgrade to a later release or a fully-licensed version of Windows Server® 2008. More Info...
Download Page:
Direct Download Links:
Windows Server 2008 Standard RC1 (x86 and x64)
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise RC1 (x86 and x64)
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter RC1 (x86 and x64) **
Windows Web Server 2008 RC1 (x86 and x64)
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems RC1 Link
This product requires a valid product key for activation within 30 days of installation. If you have received a product key via email confirmation, you may use the key with the software you download from this site or with a DVD containing Windows Server® 2008 Release Candidate.
Register to get the product key that extends your evaluation through June 30, 2008:
** This version of Windows Server can’t be downloaded from Microsoft, because the problem in the download page. Microsoft web suite says the page doesn’t exist. If you want to use “Windows Server 2008 Datacenter” edition the download the RC0 version from below.
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter RC0 (x86 and x64).
Windows Server 2008 Product Description:Microsoft Windows Server 2008 helps IT professionals to increase the flexibility of their server infrastructure while offering developers a more robust Web and applications platform for building connected applications and services. Powerful new management tools and security enhancements offer more control over your servers and network and provide advanced protection for your applications and data.
Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition: This edition of Windows Server 2008 provides key server functionality across most server roles and features. It includes both full and Server Core installation options.
Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition: This edition builds on Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition to provide greater scalability and availability, and adds enterprise technologies such as failover clustering and Active Directory Federation Services.
Windows Server 2008 Datacenter Edition: This edition offers the same functionality as Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition with support for additional memory and processors, and unlimited virtual image use rights.
Windows Web Server 2008: This edition is designed specifically for use as a Web and applications server. Other server roles are not available in this edition.
Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems: This edition is designed for use with Intel Itanium 64-bit processors to provide Web and applications server functionality on that platform. Other server roles and features may not be available.
*MSRP= Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price
The final release of Windows Server 2008 (RTM) is scheduled to launch in February 27 2008.

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