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So, what is "Centro" you ask...........?

So, what is "Centro" you ask...........?

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I am glad you asked.... :)


We are looking for a few good testers to help influence the direction of this new Microsoft® Windows Server Solutions Product. Do you have three 64 bit machines that you can spare to test some of the most exciting technology Microsoft is working on? I know the system requirements are a daunting one, but this is the only way we can test "Centro". So, if you are already on the Longhorn Beta or the Exchange Beta, then you are already two thirds of the way there.


The "Centro" Product team is looking to you to help test the Beta of "Centro". “Centro” is the code name for a new Microsoft® infrastructure solution that will help midsize businesses with less than 250 PCs in their environment.  Centro will bring together key server products for midsize businesses, including Windows Server “Longhorn,” Exchange Server 2007 and security technologies, plus a new, integrated management experience.  Centro is designed for IT professionals in midsize companies, helping them with server technologies that are easier to purchase, install and manage.



If you are interested in joining the "Centro" Beta please go to click on Invitations sign in with your Windows Live ID (Passport ID) and enter the following invite ID; EBSE-VKDP-276Y. You will be asked to take a short Survey. Once you complete the survey look for an email from If you don't already trust this address, please add it to your trusted email addresses.


Microsoft MVPs:

Please contact me directly about this techbeta. I have a different invite ID to the Beta for you.


If you are really serious and would like to do the TAP, here is a message from Mike Langowski who is running the TAP for Centro:

You know you want to be more involved in Centro.  You even want to start using it to run your business!  Techbeta doesn’t let you do that but TAP does!  We are looking for more people to nominate themselves for the Centro Technology Adoption Program to do exactly what you want to do: run Centro in your production environments.  Why would you do something like this?  You get access to product support once you deploy Centro in production; you will have an assigned program manager from Microsoft who will work with you to mitigate risks in deploying and maintaining Centro; and you will be invited to participate in 1-2 onsite training sessions in Redmond.  Let me (Mikelan At know that you are interested and we’ll get the ball rolling.

If you have any questions what so ever, please post a comment here or send me an email direct, kbeares At

Centro press release: 




Kevin Beares

Centro and SBS Community Lead


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