Glen Barnhardt, James Bowlin, Cynthia Fonfana, Brad Furby,
Edwin Jordan, Jacob Painter, Gregory Matsuura
University of Phoenix
POS/355 Introduction to Operating Systems
February 5, 2012
Wikipedia says, “An operating system (OS) is a set of programs that manage computer hardware resources and provide common services for application software.” Operating systems can be found on anything from small devices, computers, to phones. It is the intention of this document to compare Windows 7, Windows 2008 Server, and Red Hat for Servers Version 6 operating systems. We will describe the general information, technical information, ...view middle of the document...
All three of the operating systems are still supported by their developers. They are also all still widely available for purchase. Windows 7 is (currently) the most recent version of the Windows operating system, although Microsoft is already working on Windows 8. Windows 7 will be supported until January 13, 2015. A newer version of Windows Server 2008 has been released. Windows Server 2008 R2 is the most current version and offers new features. Microsoft will support Windows Server 2008 until July 9, 2013. Red Hat Enterprise Linux for Servers Version 6 is still updated fairly frequently. They are currently up to version 6.2 and will support version 6 until November 30, 2017.
The intended audience for these operating systems also varies a bit. Windows 7's target audience is toward regular consumers' laptops and PCs as well as businesses. Windows has been very popular on home PCs for a long time, and it is still very popular with this audience. The target audience for Server 2008 and Red Hat Linux is very different from Windows 7's audience though. Server 2008 and Red Hat Linux are both made for companies that require the use of servers. They are targeted at a more tech-savvy group of customers because people that work in IT departments would most likely be the ones working with them.
Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 is a platform server that includes a robust set of features. Whether you want to consolidate servers, build a Microsoft private cloud, or offer Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, the features of Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 offer you the flexibility to deliver advanced capabilities to your business for increased IT efficiency and agility ("Windows Server 2008 R2 Features", 2012).
Hyper-V, a platform technology improved in Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 virtualizes the system resources of a physical computer, allowing you to provide a virtualized environment for operating systems and applications. You can optimize your server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines running on a single physical machine. This allows you to run multiple different operating systems in parallel, on a single server. Or can you use Hyper-V to build out a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) which enables a rich Windows experience for virtual desktops while enhancing security, regulatory compliance and manageability of your desktop environment ("Windows Server 2008 R2 Features", 2012).
Remote Desktop Services (RDS) is a centralized desktop and application platform that uses session virtualization and VDI technologies to deliver and manage corporate desktops while offering a rich end user experience. RDS accelerates and extends desktop and application deployments to any device, improving remote worker efficiency, while helping keep critical intellectual property secure and radically simplify regulatory compliance. With Microsoft RemoteFX, Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1...