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Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Windows Server Code Name “Centro”

Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Windows Server Code Name “Centro”

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Back in October I announced the Windows Server Code Name “Centro” Beta 1 release and provided a way for people to sign up for the beta:  So, what is "Centro" you ask...........?


We have released a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of Windows Server Code Name “Centro” and the team is looking for program participants to provide confidential feedback. Input from the community will directly impact the design of this exciting new product!


 “Centro” is built on Windows Server 2008 and provides an integrated server and management system for midsize businesses.  The CTP includes many new Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 based components, as well as updates to the server applications that shipped in “Centro” Beta 1 (updated versions of System Center Essentials 2007, Exchange Server 2007 and ISA, as well as new updates to setup, Active Directory domain join functionality and a host of other improvements). 


Please take a moment to read through the hardware requirements below.  If you meet these requirements, go to, click on Invitations, sign in with your Windows Live ID (Passport ID) and enter the following invite ID; EBSE-VKDP-276Y. We will send an email to you from once we have reviewed your application. If you don't already trust this address, please add it to your trusted email addresses. Please be aware that Windows Server “Centro” CTP is Confidential, and you will be required to accept the terms and conditions of participation detailed on the Connect site. 


With this CTP, we will be providing newsgroup support from the product team, and will be actively accepting bugs from participants.  


To install Windows Server “Centro”, you need three physical servers and the associated network hardware.  Ideally, the servers should be configured identically, although this is not a requirement.  The minimum hardware requirements are as follows:


·         64-bit (x64) processor

·         60 GB hard-disk drive

·         2 GB RAM Management Server (4 GB recommended)

·         2 GB RAM Messaging Server (4 GB recommended)

·         2 GB RAM Edge Server

·         DVD-ROM drive

·         1 network adapter (2 in the Edge Server)


If you have additional questions, please feel free to send mail to the team at


Thank you,


Kevin Beares

Centro Community Lead

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