Windows server 2003 and windows server 2008

What is the difference between windows server 2003 and windows server 2008 ?

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Syed Muhammad Owais Qadri

  • Dec 9th, 2011

Here i would like to share the difference between servers edition, have a look...

1)2008 is combination of vista and windows 2003r2. Some new services are introduced in it
1. RODC one new domain controller introduced in it
[Read-only Domain controllers.]
2. WDS (windows deployment services) instead of RIS in 2003 server
3. shadow copy for each and every folders
4.boot sequence is changed
5.installation is 32 bit where as 2003 it is 16 as well as 32 bit, that’s why installation of 2008 is faster are known as role in it
7. Group policy editor is a separate option in ads

2) The main difference between 2003 and 2008 is Virtualization, management.
2008 has more inbuilt components and updated third party drivers Microsoft introduces new feature with 2k8 that is Hyper-V Windows Server 2008 introduces Hyper-V (V for Virtualization) but only on 64bit versions. More and more companies are seeing this as a way of reducing hardware costs by running several virtual servers on one physical machine. If you like this exciting technology, make sure that you buy an edition of Windows Server 2008 that includes Hyper-V, then launch the Server Manger, add Roles.

3) In Windows Server 2008, Microsoft is introducing new features and technologies, some of which were not available in Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1), that will help to reduce the power consumption of server and client operating systems, minimize environmental byproducts, and increase server efficiency.
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 has been designed with energy efficiency in mind, to provide customers with ready and convenient access to a number of new power-saving features. It includes updated support for Advanced Configuration and Power Interface (ACPI) processor power management (PPM) features, including support for processor performance states (P-states) and processor idle sleep states on multiprocessor systems. These features simplify power management in Windows Server 2008 (WS08) and can be managed easily across servers and clients using Group Policies.

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Syed M Owais Qadri

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Suresh Hegde

  • Mar 8th, 2012

Windows Server 2008 is Hyper Virtualzation is new futures but it is not in windows server 2003.
WDS is new future in windows server 2008 but instead of win2k3 remote installation services.
Restartable Active directry domain service it is new future in win 2008.
Finegrained password policy is new future in win 2008.

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  • May 29th, 2012

Difference Between 2003 & 2008 server.

There are some of the measure points:
1)2008 server has core & read only domain controller Installation, which is not there in 2003 server.
2)2008 server has introduced Powershell command line tool where can manages the all the activities, which is not there in 2003 server.
3) 2008 server has Hyper-V virtulation server, which is not there in 2003 server.
4) Most important is deleted objects can restore form Recyline, where 2003 has tombstone & third party tool called""

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Ravi Shekhar

  • Jun 21st, 2012

Windows server 2003 and 2008 R2 difference

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  • Apr 21st, 2013

Hyper-V role included with Windows 2008 64-bit for virtualization purposes

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  • Apr 24th, 2013

RODC ( Read only Domain Controller) Feature added in the Windows 2008 All versions


  • Oct 15th, 2014

add --- this was used in win server 2003.
admx --- this was used in win server 2008

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Sandeep Singh

  • Jan 27th, 2015

Requires minimum installation as compared to windows 2003 server, Hyper V virtualization is used, Role based installation.

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