Windows Server 2008 Foundation Review

May 14, 2009

In response to a recent Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans post regarding Windows Server 2008 Foundation, we received a plethora of email asking for more specifics about this new offering from Microsoft.  A foundation network is a collection of network hardware, devices, and software that provides the core services for your firm’s information technology (IT) needs.
A Windows Server Foundation network provides you with many benefits, including the following:
•    Core protocols for network connectivity between computers and other Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) compatible devices. TCP/IP is a suite of standard protocols for connecting computers and building networks. TCP/IP is the network protocol software provided with Microsoft® Windows® operating systems that implements and supports the TCP/IP protocol suite.
•    Automatic IP addressing with Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). Manual configuration of IP addresses on all computers on your network is time-consuming and less flexible than dynamically providing computers and other devices with IP address leases from a DHCP server.
•    Name resolution services, such as Domain Name System (DNS) and Windows Internet Name Service (WINS). DNS and WINS allow users, computers, applications, and services to find the IP addresses of computers and devices on the network using the network basic input/output system (NetBIOS) name or Fully Qualified Domain Name of the computer or device.
•    A forest, which is one or more Active Directory domains that share the same class and attribute definitions (schema), site and replication information (configuration), and forest-wide search capabilities (global catalog).
•    A forest root domain, which is the first domain created in a new forest. The Enterprise Admins and Schema Admins groups, which are forest-wide administrative groups, are located in the forest root domain. In addition, a forest root domain, as with other domains, is a collection of computer, user, and group objects that are defined by the administrator in Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS). These objects share a common directory database and security policies. They can also share security relationships with other domains if you add domains as your organization grows. The directory service also stores directory data and allows authorized computers, applications, and users to access the data.
•    A user and computer account database. The directory service provides a centralized user accounts database that allows you to create user and computer accounts for people and computers that are authorized to connect to your network and access network resources, such as applications, databases, shared files and folders, and printers.
A foundation network also allows you to scale your network as your organization grows and IT requirements change. For example, with a foundation network you can add domains, IP subnets, remote access services, wireless services, and other features and server roles provided by Windows Server® 2008 and Windows Vista®.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

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This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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