A Look At Windows Server 2008

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.

Technical Data

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.


Version6.0 Build 6001
Service PackSP1 v.275
Build NumberRC0.070916-1443

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!