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Windows Server 2008 R2 System Requirements

Friday, October 28, 2011

Thinking about installing Windows 2008 R2 on your server?  To use Windows Server 2008 R2, you will need to make sure you system meets the following minimum requirements:

ProcessorMinimum: 1.4 GHz (x64 processor).  An Intel Itanium 2 processor is required for Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems
MemoryMinimum: 512 MB RAM. Maximum: 8 GB (Foundation) or 32 GB (Standard) or 2 TB (Enterprise, Datacenter, and Itanium-Based Systems)
Disk Space RequirementsMinimum: 32 GB or greater, Note: Computers with more than 16 GB of RAM will require more disk space for paging, hibernation, and dump files
DisplaySuper VGA (800 × 600) or higher resolution monitor
OtherDVD Drive, Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse (or compatible pointing device)

Installation and Activation

You do not need to enter a product key to evaluate any version of Windows Server 2008 R2 software, however activation is required within 10 days. Failing to activate the evaluation will cause the licensing service to shut down the machine every hour.

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MCITP Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator: Training Kit 4-Pack: Exams 70-640 70-642 70-643 70-647 Windows Server 2008 R2 Unleashed