First, thank you for attending the part 1 of the Windows Server 2008 technical overview. From the comments that I received it sounded like you really liked the new toolset. More importantly some of the comments seemed to want more of the new Windows Server 2008 technology!

Well guess what my buddy John Baker, is delivering part 2 on Friday the 29th!


Click here to register: Technical Overview of Windows Server 2008 (Part 2 of 2)


Here are some additional resources for you:

Question: Can you run Server 2008 Beta on Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2?
Answer: Yes, for my demos I was running it on Virtual PC.

Question: What’s new in monitoring on Windows Server 2008, so that we don’t have to use third party tools?
Answered: The reliability and performance monitoring is one tool right now to take a look at the step-by-step guide: Windows Server "Longhorn" Performance and Reliability Monitoring Step-by-Step Guide

Question: Does the cluster service now support GUID Partition Table (GPT) disks?
Answer: Yes. Also there was a hot-fix for 2003 and a good KB, here is some additional information on the 2003 issue:

Question: Which Beta/RC release will allow us to create a cluster on x64 hardware?
Answer: I do not know if the beta will, but you will be able to create a cluster in x64 as long as both servers are x64

Question: Is clustering available to all editions of Windows Server 2008?
Answer: Yes, all indications point to yes. Take a look here for the step-by-step-guide: Step-by-Step Guide for Configuring a Two-Node File Server Failover Cluster in Windows Server "Longhorn"

Question: Will it be possible to enlist SQL Server Management Studio and other third party administrative tools into Server Manager? Thanks.
Answer: Definitely a possibility, however it is not there now and do not know if it will be built-in.

Question: Will Server 2008 be available in a 32 bit version?
Answer: Yes, however some of the information we have sharing, is that all indications is that Windows Server 2008 will be the last OS to support 32-bit systems.

Question: By default, how many users can RDC into the Windows 2008 server?
Answer: That is not final yet, I hope it will still be the standard 2, however there a lot of changes to the terminal services licensing. Take a look here for more information: What’s new in Terminal Services Licensing for Longhorn

Question: Will Windows Server 2008 be compatible with Visual Studio 2008, which will have .Net Framework 3.5?
Answer: I actually did not answer this question correctly on the webcast; there actually is a beta version of the 3.5 framework available today and is a part of the windows Server 2008 SDK.

Take a look here to download it: Microsoft® Windows® Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows Server code name “Longhorn” and .NET Framework 3.5

Question: Is the reporting/monitoring capability in Beta 2008 available for 2003 until 2008 is released?
Answer: No the reliability monitor I showed during the webcast is only in Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista.

Question: Which certifications from Microsoft will be available for Windows Server 2008 and how soon?
Answer: While they have not announced official dates for the certifications, there is one thing I want to mention. If you are currently a Windows 2000 MCSE and not have upgraded your certification to Windows 2003, I would highly recommend that you upgrade you’re certification. The two upgrade exams are expiring in March of 2008. Check out my buddy John Baker’s blog entries on this topic:

Question: Is windows script host still available in Windows Server 2008
Answer: Yes, it is still available as well as VBScript and WMI. PowerShell is an additional option you'll be able to download to those systems

Question: Is intellisense for PowerShell going to be available when Windows Server 2008 comes out? Also, is Window for PowerShell free, what is the url?
Answer: No, Intellisense is only in Visual Studio. There are third-party editors that provide some functionality already; check out for examples.

Here is the link to download PowerShell: Windows PowerShell 1.0

Question: Is there any reason why ADS cannot be used to deploy Windows 2008
Answer: WDS could be one of the reasons, Microsoft Windows Deployment Services is a way to rapidly and remotely deploy Windows operating systems, such as Windows Vista or Windows Server 2008. It allows you to install Windows operating systems over a network on computers with no operating system installed, without having someone physically present at the destination computer and without using installation media. Windows Deployment Services was available as an update to Windows Server 2003; an improved version is included with Windows Server 2008.

Take a look here for more information:
Windows Deployment Services Update Step-by-Step Guide for Windows Server 2003