Now it’s finally here, the public Beta 3 of the next version of Windows Server, code name “Longhorn”. To try to shortly describe what this version is all about is difficult so I will instead describe the scenarios Longhorn will handle and over the coming weeks try to describe all of them in more detail and give you links to where you can find more information.
Centralized Application AccessEverything around Terminal Services is included in this scenario.
Branch OfficeAmong other things we have Read-only Domain Controller and BitLocker Drive Encryption
Security and Policy EnforcementNetwork Access Protection, Windows Firewall and a lot of changes in Active Directory
Web and Applications PlatformThe main thing here is of course IIS 7.0
Server ManagementHow do we manage our servers in a better way with Powershell and Server Manager? We also get new tools for backup and deployment
High AvailabilityClustering and Network Load Balancing are the main components to achieve this.
Server VirtualizationNew Windows Server Virtualization technologies
We also have Server Core crossing all these scenarios. This is something that all hard-core administrators will love J When you install Longhorn Server you can choose the Server Core mode and you will get a server without interface and only the services required to perform the DHCP, DNS, file server, or domain controller roles will be installed.
To download and try Longhorn Server yourself, go to the TechNet Beta Central
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Hope the CALs license for Longhorn will be review. The moment I talk to clients about Windows Server, the moment they talk about CALs license. :-)