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Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 -- what ISO image to download?

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  • Hi,

    I've read several discussions in this forum about "Windows Storage Server 2008 R2".  But it's still unclear to me, so sorry, I have to ask.

    My company is Microsoft's Gold Partner.  Are we eligible to have "Windows Storage Server 2008 R2" without having to pay an OEM version?

    When I go to MSDN Subscriptions downloads, I can find two similar downloads:
    1. Server Install Disc: Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials (x64) - DVD (English)
    2. Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Embedded (Standard, Enterprise, Workgroup) with iSCSI Software Target 3.3 (x64) - DVD (Multiple Languages)

    I know that WSS are divided into three editions: Workgroup, Standard and Enterprise.  But what is Essentials?

    The Embedded one has a description saying "You must first install Windows Server 2008 R2 before installing this product."  That means I don't need to buy OEM version of WSS 2008?  Does it also mean if I take the "Essentials" one, I don't need to install Windows Server 2008 before?

    Friday, December 09, 2011 3:25 PM

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