The default interface of Windows Server 2008 is a tad plain. There is a built in option to spruce it up a little, giving it the Vista Aero treatment.
To do this perform the following actions:
(1) Click on the Start menu, then click Server Manager.
(2) In the left pane of the Server Manager . . . → Read More: Desktop themes on Windows Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 has a security feature called Internet Explorer Enhanced Security that makes it difficult to surf the internet. In a production or commercial environment that is probably a great idea, however if you have run up a virtual machine at home to play around on then you may find it gets in the way. . . . → Read More: Disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security