Thread: R2 vs SP2
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Old 07-30-09, 12:59 PM   #1
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Default R2 vs SP2

I'm hoping that someone can clarify something for me. WS2K8 R2 is scheduled to be released at the same time as W7 RTM, and I have both OSs installed. I installed WS2K8 Standard Retail, after installing SP2, which is a beta, it branded the desktop with the ID that it is an evaluation copy. I have been expecting a regular release of SP2 so that ID would be removed, but if I understand R2 stands for a rollup, not a SP.

In a MS email that I received yesterday, it said:

For those evaluating Windows Server 2008 R2 for the first time, check out the Resources page for content on R2’s key new features, including Hyper-V with Live Migration, the new File Classification Infrastructure, the updates to IIS 7.5 and the new “better together” features you can access by combining Windows Server 2008 R2 with Windows 7.
This doubly confused me, not only because of it being labeled R2, instead of SP2, and the mention of combining WS2K8 and W7. I doubt that I would want to combine the two of them, because WS2K8 is more sluggish than W7, and I really only have WS2K8 installed for the sake of curiousity.

The questions then are does R2 equate to SP2, and is there any good reason to combine then, if one really doesn't need server operations?
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