Introducing Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Roles

Windows Server 2003 had many tools an administrator could use to configure the services they needed to make a network run efficiently. Some of these tools included the Manage Your Server, Configure Your Server, and the Add/Remove Windows components.

Windows Server 2008 includes a feature called Server Manager. Server Manager is a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in that allows an administrator to view information about server configuration, the status of roles that are installed, and links for adding and removing features and roles (see Figure 1.7).

FIGURE 1.7 Windows Server 2008 R2 server roles

The following are some of the roles that you can install and manage using Server Manager.

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