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What Windows Server 2008 R2 end of sales means for your SMB customers?


Windows Server 2008 R2 end of sales is coming soon! On December 31, 2014, Windows Server 2008 R2 will reach its end of sales date. This means that OEMs will no longer be able to distribute it. Because of this, HP will discontinue offering HP part numbers for WS2008 R2 preinstalled, not preinstalled, and ROK options.


Although Windows Server 2008 R2 will no longer be available, there are still many great Microsoft Windows options to meet not only your IT needs, but also those of your SMB customers. When planning a new IT infrastructure, it is best to consider the most current version of Microsoft Windows Server for future implementations. Currently, this is Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2.


2014-10-01Blog-Content.pngWhile most customers will likely benefit from the Essentials or the Standard version, HP offers the full line of Windows Server 2012 R2 (Foundation, Essentials, Standard, and Datacenter) to ensure the needs of all customers are met. To help you better understand your options as Windows Server 2008 R2 reaches its end of sales, let’s compare the current WS2012 R2 editions.


Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Foundation is for single processor servers and comes with 15 user accounts. CALs are not required for access. The Foundation edition can be implemented in environments where features such as file sharing, printer sharing, security, and remote access are required.


Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials (the latest version of Microsoft Windows Small Business Server Essentials) is an ideal option for small businesses with up to 25 users. Essentials provides a powerful, flexible solution that helps protect business data, while allowing users to access the information they need from virtually anywhere, using almost any device. This edition is for either one or two processor servers and does not require CALs for access.


Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard is great for physical computing or lightly virtualized environments. Standard provides virtualization rights for up to 2 virtual instances along with the full feature set of the Datacenter edition. The Standard edition is able to support an unlimited amount of users, as long as required user licenses have been purchased.


Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter is ideal for highly-virtualized private clouds. Datacenter and Standard editions are differentiated only by virtualization rights—two virtual instances for Standard edition and unlimited virtual instances for Datacenter edition. Both editions have a consistent processor-based licensing model that covers up to two physical processors on a single server.


No matter which Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 edition you choose, HP has the perfect ProLiant Gen9 server to pair with it. The new HP ProLiant Gen9 portfolio is HP’s latest compute milestone, helping customers lower their IT service costs, accelerate their IT service delivery time, and boost their IT business value. There are many HP ProLiant Gen9 platforms with Intel Xeon E5-2600 v3 processor series now available including the BL460c, DL160, DL180, DL360, DL380, and ML350.


Read the new Windows Server FAQ  for more information and learn more about Windows Server 2012 and HP ProLiant Gen9 offerings by joining the Coffee Coaching community on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

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Thank you guys for giving us the awesome review of what changes we can expect. This affects us all in some way in the data center universe as most the Windows OS belong to 2008 R2 with remnants of Windows Server 2003 R2 still in rotation! 


This upcoming year is going to be another big challenge for businesses alike! Support for Windows Server 2003 R2 is coming to an end like XP did this year, and we've all seen how comfortable people get inside their OS. It's nice to be ahead of the group already comfortable with Windows Server 2012 R2. I think any version is robust and great! 


For those saying it should be more like linux and non-gui, just try out Server Core on these installs, it's about as command line terminal based as CentOS or Ubuntu Server! The install is an easy process and with both the 2008/2003 server editions growing in age, and limited support as time goes, I think the plan should be to get on the future with the cool Windows 8 GUI [Why can't people grasp using the Windows 8 Interface? It's super fast and easy I think!]


Just thanks again for this blog! Helps guys like me keep the small businesses I help advise stay ready for the business needs that are ever growing more complex. 


Keep up the great reviews!! Time for us as a collective to learn a new OS [Which is easier then presented]!



Kent C.


Hi Kent,

Thank you for letting us know how much you enjoyed the post! We love to hear community feedback. With the constant changing and evolving world of IT, we work hard to keep the Coffee Coaching community informed of what is happening and what it means for you (and your SMB customers). We will have more content coming soon on Microsoft Windows Server and HP ProLiant Gen9 that we hope you will find just as helpful. 

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