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Knowledge Base Article:  How to extend the Windows Server 2008 evaluation period

This article describes how to extend, or re-arm, the windows Server 2008 evaluation period up to 240 days.

 

Test Drive Windows Server 2008 

The Windows Server 2008 test drive allows you to try the latest release from Microsoft instantly. By simply logging onto our test-drive environment using your web browser, you will be able to experience Windows Server 2008 first hand through a collection of short virtual labs and video walk-throughs.

 

Webcast Series:  24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 

Watch these 90-minute Windows Server 2008 webcasts and learn how your organization can leverage the enhancements in Windows Server 2008 improve your organization's networking infrastructure and security, server performance and reliability, remote resource access, and client deployment. Subject matter experts break down what these upgrades mean for your environment and how to take advantage of them. Tune in for live webcasts and stream or download webcasts for on-demand viewing.

·         TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 (Part 1 of 24): Overview (Level 200)

On-demand

Presenter:  Keith Combs

·         TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 (Part 2 of 24): Server Virtualization with Hyper-V Features and Architecture (Level 200)

On-demand

Presenter:  Kevin Remde

·         TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 (Part 3 of 24): Managing Hyper-V (Level 200)

On-demand

Presenter:  John Baker

·         TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 (Part 4 of 24): Presentation Virtualization with Terminal Services RemoteApp (Level 200)

Friday, March 14, 2008, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM PST

Presenter:  Chris Avis

·         TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 (Part 5 of 24): Terminal Services Gateway and Terminal Services Web Access (Level 200)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM PST

Presenter:  Blain Barton

·         TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 (Part 06 of 24): Deploying and Migrating to Terminal Server (Level 200)

Friday, March 21, 2008, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM PST

Presenter:  John Baker

·         TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 (Part 7 of 24): IIS 7.0 Overview and Architecture (Level 200)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM

Presenter:  Chris Avis

·         TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 (Part 8 of 24): IIS 7.0 Advanced Management (Level 200),

Friday, March 28, 2008, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM PST

Presenter:  Shawn Travers

 

Detailed Description of the First 8 Webcasts in the 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 Series (listed above):

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 (Part 1 of 24): Overview (Level 200)

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

9:30 A.M.–11:00 A.M. Pacific Time

Presenter:  Keith Combs, IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

In this session, we introduce the 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 webcast series which covers key pillars and goals for Windows Server 2008. We address the core scenarios for Windows Server 2008, around which the webcast series is designed, including: virtualization, Web and applications, server management, Active Directory, security and compliance, remote locations, and high availability. We also show key technologies that are used throughout the webcast series such as Server Manager, Server Manager roles, Server Core, and networking improvements in Windows Server 2008.

 

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 (Part 2 of 24): Server Virtualization with Hyper-V Features and Architecture (Level 200)

Friday, March 7, 2008

9:30 A.M.–11:00 A.M. Pacific Time

Presenter:  Kevin Remde

In this session, we introduce server virtualization with Hyper-V and discuss the evolution of server virtualization, explain the new architecture of Hyper-V, and examine new features and changes from previous Microsoft server virtualization solutions. We show you how to configure Hyper-V server, how to configuring networks, and how to configure virtual machines.

 

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 (Part 3 of 24): Managing Hyper-V (Level 200)

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

9:30 A.M.–11:00 A.M. Pacific Time

Presenter:  John Baker, IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

In this third session, we show how to manage Hyper-V server and virtual machines. We focus on management, resource allocation, and monitoring of virtual machines; importing virtual machines; and using virtual machine snapshots for backup and high availability. Finally, this session covers managing Hyper-V and virtual machines with Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager.

 

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 (Part 4 of 24): Presentation Virtualization with Terminal Services RemoteApp (Level 200)

Friday, March 14, 2008

9:30 A.M.–11:00 A.M. Pacific Time

Presenter: Chris Avis, IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

In this session, we show the new features of presentation virtualization with Terminal Services RemoteApp in Windows Server 2008. Learn how to configure Terminal Server Remote Programs, configure applications for Terminal Services RemoteApp, access and launch applications, and enhance your user experience with Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) 6.1.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 (Part 5 of 24): Terminal Services Gateway and Terminal Services Web Access (Level 200)

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

9:30 A.M.–11:00 A.M. Pacific Time

Presenter: Blain Barton, IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

Join us as we show you how to configure Terminal Services (TS) Gateway, TS Gateway security and configuration options, and how clients connect to internal network resources through TS Gateway. We also show how to configure and publish applications on TS Web Access, configuration options for TS Web Access, and show the user experience connecting to applications through TS Web Access.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 (Part 06 of 24): Deploying and Migrating to Terminal Server (Level 200)

Friday, March 21, 2008

9:30 A.M.–11:00 A.M. Pacific Time

Presenter: John Baker, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

In this session, we explain how to deploy Windows Server 2008 terminal servers, and how to move applications from a Windows Server 2003 terminal server to a Windows Server 2008 terminal server. We show application compatibility tools and explain how to use the Microsoft Application Compatibility Toolkit version 5.0 to test application compatibility with the Windows Server 2008 operating system.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 (Part 7 of 24): IIS 7.0 Overview and Architecture (Level 200)

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

9:30 A.M.–11:00 A.M. Pacific Time

Presenter: Chris Avis, IT Pro Evangelist, Microsoft Corporation

In this session, we introduce users to Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0. We review the new architecture of IIS 7.0, as well as the new modular configuration. See how to install IIS modules, learn about the new XML-based configuration of IIS, and review where configuration data is started. Finally, this session explores the features of the new IIS Manager tool.

TechNet Webcast: 24 Hours of Windows Server 2008 (Part 8 of 24): IIS 7.0 Advanced Management (Level 200)

Friday, March 28, 2008

9:30 A.M.–11:00 A.M. Pacific Time

Presenter: Shawn Travers, TechNet Presenter, Microsoft Corporation

In this session, we further examine Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0, and specifically address advanced automation and management features. First we look at command-line management, and task automation with the new AppCMD tool. Next, we review permissions delegation for Web site management by non-Web server administrators and discuss how delegation is configured. Finally, we explore the tools that can be used to remotely administer IIS 7.0 Servers and Web Sites.