Ramblings from another nerd on the grid
Windows Server 2008 SP2/Windows Vista SP2 Beta is prerelease code offered to the public through our Customer Preview Program. Please see the Windows Server SP2/Windows Vista SP2 Customer Preview Program page on TechNet/MSDN for additional details, documentation, and forums.
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SP2 is an update to Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 that addresses feedback from our customers and partners. By providing these fixes integrated into a single service pack, Microsoft provides a single high-quality update that minimizes deployment and testing complexity for customers.
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Go get the x86 .ISO @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0a3d7a63-46af-4e04-ac8c-91b8bc476450&DisplayLang=en
Go get the x64 .ISO @ http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=361d0ca3-4b2c-4f1c-8b3e-de376fdb1de8&DisplayLang=en
I know Sp1 for Vista could not be injected into offline images. Will SP2 be able to do this? I looked at the noteable changes but didnt see any direct reference to this topic.
Unknown. I haven't looked into it yet.
Don't forget to download the trial to evaluate Windows Server 2008 with web, virtualization, and security technologies: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/cc137123.aspx