Page 1:Windows Server 2008 RC0
Page 2:Installation: Quick and Easy
Page 3:Starting up for the First Time
Page 4:Central Switchboard - The Server Manager
Page 5:Server Manager – Installing a Service
Page 6:Configuring Services
Page 7:IPv6 – Internet Protocol of the Future
Page 8:SMB 2.0 – Copying Files Faster
Page 9:Integrated Virtualization – Hidden Installation
Page 10:Creating Virtual Machines
Page 11:Working with Virtual Machines
Page 12:Virtualization: Additional Features
Page 13:Web Server: IIS Version 7
Page 14:Disappointing – Outdated FTP Server, no SFTP
Page 15:The SSH Replacement – Windows Remote Shell
Page 16:The Go Live License for Productive Environments
Page 17:90-minute Test – No Installation Required
Page 18:Windows Server with Vista’s User Interface
Page 19:Testing it Yourself
Page 20:Conclusion – Many Improvements, Still a Few Rough Spots
Testing it Yourself
If you’re interested, you can test RC0 of Windows Server 2008 yourself. Microsoft is providing this version for download on its website.
The download is available in several languages and both as a 32 or 64 bit version. The ISO files are between 1.9 GB and 2.5 GB in size and have to be burned onto a DVD for installation.
Alternatively, you can directly mount the ISO images as drives in VMware or Microsoft Virtual PC.
For our tests, we used Windows Version 6.0 build 6001 of Windows Server 2008 including the pre-installed “Service Pack 1, v.275”. This is the same version of the Service pack that the beta versions for Vista’s SP1 currently use.
|Version||6.0 Build 6001|
|Service Pack||SP1 v.275|
According to Microsoft’s Manager for the Server division Bill Laing, the Standard Version of Windows Server 2008 will support a maximum of 4 GB of RAM in its 32-bit version. The 64 bit version, on the other hand, will be limited to 32 GB.
Patrick O’Rourke, product manager for the server line, has stated that there will be no change regarding the way Microsoft licenses processors. In other words, Microsoft will continue the practice of counting not the cores in use but the sockets in a system. Thus, a quad-core system will be licensed as one processor. That would mean that a two-processor (=socket) license would allow the use of up to eight cores with current processors!
- Windows Server 2008 RC0
- Installation: Quick and Easy
- Starting up for the First Time
- Central Switchboard - The Server Manager
- Server Manager – Installing a Service
- Configuring Services
- IPv6 – Internet Protocol of the Future
- SMB 2.0 – Copying Files Faster
- Integrated Virtualization – Hidden Installation
- Creating Virtual Machines
- Working with Virtual Machines
- Virtualization: Additional Features
- Web Server: IIS Version 7
- Disappointing – Outdated FTP Server, no SFTP
- The SSH Replacement – Windows Remote Shell
- The Go Live License for Productive Environments
- 90-minute Test – No Installation Required
- Windows Server with Vista’s User Interface
- Testing it Yourself
- Conclusion – Many Improvements, Still a Few Rough Spots