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About Windows Embedded Server

These products are fully functional versions of Microsoft’s server operating system with built-in security, reliability, and availability features intended for use in an embedded solution consisting of purpose-built hardware and application software. Windows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems is the choice of OEMs looking for long term product availability to more easily design, build and deploy dedicated embedded server appliances. Windows Embedded Server family includes:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems
  • Windows Server 2008 For Embedded Systems
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 For Embedded Systems
  • Windows Server 2003 For Embedded Systems

Features at a glance:

Operating SystemsWindows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems (Standard)Windows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems (Enterprise)
ProcessorMinimum: 1.4GHz x64 processor
Recommended: 2GHz or faster
Minimum: 1.4GHz x64 processor
Recommended: 2GHz or faster
MemoryMinimum: 512MB RAM
Recommended: 2GB RAM or greater
Maximum 32GB
Minimum: 512MB RAM
Recommended: 2GB RAM or greater
Maximum 2TB
Disk Space RequirementsMinimum: 10GB
Recommended: 40GB or greater
Note: Computers with more than 16GB of RAM will require more disk space for paging, hibernation, and dump files
Minimum: 10GB
Recommended: 40GB or greater
Note: Computers with more than 16GB of RAM will require more disk space for paging, hibernation, and dump files
Cost (USD)*

Contact a Windows Authorized Embedded Distributor for details

Contact a Windows Authorized Embedded Distributor for details
Support10-year product support lifecycle**10-year product support lifecycle**

** 10 year product support is combination of 5 years mainstream and 5 years extended see Microsoft.com for more details

Windows Server 2008 for Embedded System Advantages

Windows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems builds on Windows Server 2008 For Embedded Systems, expanding existing technology and adding new features to help OEMs deliver solutions with increased reliability and flexibility. New virtualization tools, management enhancements, Server Core and features that are designed specifically to work with embedded devices or client computers running Windows 7, help save time and reduce costs, making Windows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems a highly robust and reliable foundation on which to deliver dedicated solutions and appliances.

Virtualization
With its built-in server virtualization technology, Windows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems enables you to increase hardware utilization. OEMs can run new and legacy functionality side-by-side while ensuring workload isolation.

Management
Improved processor power management and power profile features in Windows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems help OEMs reduce carbon footprint in their solutions by reducing power consumption. Windows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems also allows for quick and easy server management locally, or remotely, with the GUI or at the command line.

Solid Foundation
OEMs can deploy only needed features through the use of Server Core, reducing footprint and delivering a more secure solution Windows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems improves OEM device security, and reduces corruption and compromise of the system through Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC).

OEMs leverage the benefits made available through Windows Server For Embedded Systems to build and deliver a wide variety of server solutions, including:

  • Medical Imaging
  • Security & Surveillance
  • Industrial Automation
  • Document Imaging
  • Streaming Media Server
  • Telecommunications (PBX Server, Call Center Server, IVR Server, and Teleconferencing)

Windows Embedded Server Key Features

Windows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems delivers valuable new functionality and powerful improvements to the operating system to help server appliance OEMs increase control, availability, and flexibility. New virtualization tools, management enhancements, Server Core and features that are designed specifically to work with embedded devices or client computers running Windows 7, help save time and reduce costs, making Windows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems a highly robust and reliable foundation on which to deliver dedicated solutions and appliances.

Virtualization

With its built-in server virtualization technology, Windows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems helps OEMs increase hardware utilization and run new and legacy functionality side-by-side while ensuring workload isolation. OEMs can also run Windows and other operating systems on the same hardware.

Windows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems includes the much-anticipated update to Microsoft's virtualization technology, Hyper-V. The new Hyper-V was designed to augment both existing virtual machine management as well as to address specific challenges around server migration.

Hyper-V hosts in Windows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems help OEMs deliver solutions that easily scale to meet demanding workloads with support for up to 64 logical processors.

Improvements in failover clustering in Windows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems help OEMs deliver higher- availability solutions for their customers.

Management

Power Consumption
Windows Server 2008 For Embedded Systems introduced a 'balanced' power policy, which monitors the utilization level of the processors on the server and dynamically adjusts the processor performance states to limit power to the needs of the workload. Windows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems enhances this power saving feature by adding Core Parking and expanding on power-oriented Group Policy settings.

Core Parking is an exciting development that allows Windows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems to constantly track the relative workloads of every logical core in a server relative to all the others. Cores that aren't being fully utilized can be put into sleep mode until their silicon muscle is required. This capability means that an eight-way server with a light workload can turn itself into a two-way server until workloads suddenly increase and then spin up reserve CPU power in milliseconds.

Server Management
New features of PowerShell version 2.0 in Windows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems, including remote server management, help OEMs automate server management resulting in ease of deployment.

Solid Foundation

The Server Core installation option in Windows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems reduces the footprint of OEM solutions by eliminating the graphical user interface, while supporting more server roles such as the .NET application support.

Read-Only Domain Controller (RODC) in Windows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems improves OEM device security and reduces risk of corruption and compromise of the system.

By implementing the IIS PowerShell Provider and taking advantage of .NET on Server Core, Windows Server 2008 R2 For Embedded Systems helps OEMs that leverage the IIS functionality reduce their footprint and build more robust IIS based solutions.

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