Paul from Supersite for Windows has taken a look at the second release of Windows Server 2003. In this review he focuses on the major new features of this edition.
Microsoft likes to lump R2's remote server management capabilities into a category it calls "branch office," but I think these features applies to a far wider range of scenarios. Today many large enterprises are faced with the increasingly complex challenge of managing servers that are found in remote offices (which are sometimes, indeed, called branch offices). But these aren't the only situations in which administrators might find themselves having to deal with remote servers. Any time you have to deal with distance, a potentially weak WAN connection, and an office full of employees without their own IT staff, the same problems emerge.