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Windows Server 2008 R2 is the second release of Windows Server 2008. It isn’t a completely new release, but rather adds additional features and refinements to the existing release. In this book, the authors focus on new features and refinements in R2. It is assumed you have at least a general knowledge of Windows Server, and that you have some familiarity with Windows Server 2008, although the authors don’t assume you’re actively running Windows Server 2008. Where an R2 feature is a refinement of a feature that was new in Windows Server 2008, background is provided on the Windows Server 2008 feature to provide context.

This book is targeted primarily at Windows server administrators who are responsible for hands-on deployment and day-to-day management of Windows-based servers for large organizations, such as those who manage file and print servers, network infrastructure servers, Web servers, and IT application servers.

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