Windows Server “8” Beta announcements, availability (updated)

Windows Server “8” Beta announcements, availability (updated)

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Hi all, Ned here. For those who spent the day in a coma, Windows Server “8” Beta and Windows 8 CP are out. Make sure you start by visiting Bill Laing’s announcement on the Windows Server Blog. This morning he formally announced the availability of Windows Server “8” Beta and outlined some of the design philosophies in a brief post.

Next, we have a new kind of document we call the “Understand and Troubleshoot” guides, which are designed to explain the inner workings of new features and how to troubleshoot them. You may recognize some of the authors (you know I hate link lists, but in this case I’ll make an exception).

There are also “Test Lab Guides” and TechNet docs that introduce and demonstrate features, as well as assist with deployment.

And a reminder - send all your IT Pro feedback to the links below. People are definitely listening.

I know some of you are looking forward to the typical in-depth and honest AskDS beta content you’ve read for the past five years - you’re IT professionals and chomping at the bit to start learning about all the new enterprise features. Well, we’re still muzzled here and not allowed to discuss anything. Hang in there; I’m hopeful it won’t be too much longer.

- Ned “the gimp” Pyle

  • What is your favorite AD feature in Windows 8?  Not sure if you can comment on that.  DAC looks really cool...could be a game changer.

  • Definitely the ADDSDeployment powershell.

  • Outstanding!  Can't wait to dig in and learn about all the new features even more.  What I've seen so far looks very promising from both the server and workstation side of the house.  

    Oh, is this the appropriate forum to share my feelings on Metro and the start button/menu/page?   ;P   KIDDING of course!!! ...although there are definitely some strong opinions on both sides of the house.  Seems like every post about Win8 has people sharing their feelings one way or another, no matter what the focus of the article.  At least it shows there is a lot of interest.

  • It's too bad that they communication restriction is still in place, but hey...  I for one am glad to see a bunch of AskDS names appearing on the documents above!  Great work guys!  Meanwhile we'll just wait patiently until you get the all clear to unleash some Win8 articles.  At least we have the OS in the wild to play with until then.

  • Thanks Steve. Being reference materials, I wasn't allowed to write in my usual... ehhh… "unique" style. but I did try to slip a few Ned-like comments in there when I could for prosperity. Have fun finding them. :)

  • Will the noun "goo" appear in said documents? :)

  • @Ryan, a cursory search of the word goo and nubbin resulted in zero hits.  :(  Reading the 400 page document would feel more like reading a blog post if they were in there.  Just sayin'

  • I had to be more subtle. :-P

  • Great job! This guide's content and format is really useful.

    Just one feedback: am i missing something or there are some links pointing to MS internal resources? (i.e. page #3 - More Information block - URL for Dynamic Access Control,  Kerberos Constrained Delegation Across Domains and Group Managed Service Accounts  point to

  • How tiresome. I see that FrancT, thanks; I'll get it fixed.

  • Here's to hoping that ADAC is finally extensible...(really need rapid development not tied to OS releases for some stuff...)

  • Fine-Grained Password Example: 96 passwords remembered, minimum legth of 16, with high complexity... oh and don't forget you need to change it every 7 days.  Nice!  I'm surprised you didn't add lockout policy for good measure... :D

  • Account lockout is evil and I always recommend against it. Not that it matters in this case - that particular account cannot be locked out. :)