A Look At Windows Server 2008

90-minute Test – No Installation Required

Not everyone has the option of setting up a dedicated platform just to test Windows Server 2008 RC0. In order to allow this group of users to test-drive the IIS 7, Microsoft has set up a “Virtual Lab”.

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Microsoft is letting the users log on to virtual machines that are hosted on its servers. Utilizing an ActiveX control, anyone can open a remote connection and administrate and test an IIS server through their browser.

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The sessions are limited to 90 minutes. Since the virtual machines are not equipped with an internet connection, installing outside third-party software or saving your own files (from your remote computer) is not possible. Microsoft chose to use Windows Vista Ultimate as the operating system for the virtual computers. In addition to the IIS 7, Visual Studio 2005 professional is also installed, giving the user the possibility to try his or her hand at creating ASP.NET scripts.