Are you evaluating or testing Windows Server 2008? If so, we'd love your feedback. The Windows Server 2008 Scenario voting website gives you the perfect opportunity to develop a comprehensive test plan of your own, and at the same time, ensure that Windows Server 2008 is the best server OS Microsoft has ever developed. Not only will this give you valuable insight into the product, but you can also influence it through direct input into the Windows Server product teams.
So, all you need to do is register here: https://windowsbeta.microsoft.com/server/setup.aspx and associate your passport, and you're away! Once you've signed in, you can select from a huge list of categorised scenarios, and build up your own test plan. Alternatively, just dive into the different scenarios you fancy! So, how does it actually work?
I've clicked on 'Server Core' from the menu on the left hand side (trust me, there's quite a few options in this menu!), and I'm presented with a number of more specific scenarios. So, if you are, for example, considering Server Core as an option, you instantly have 6 different scenarios that you can test to extend your own knowledge, and improve the product with your feedback. Upon selecting a scenario, you'll be presented with a number of scenario-specific questions, and also, if needed, relevant documentation to actually perform the scenario. If I chose 'Installing a Server Role on Server Core', I am presented with questions, but also:
So you are getting documentation too! Bonus! You'll notice that one of the options has a star next to it. This is a key scenario which we encourage you to try if possible.
Now, the reason I chose Server Core from the list of scenarios, is because I've got a great 'Guide to Server Core' document, for you to download for free.
"This Step-by-Step Guide provides the instructions necessary to build a server based on the Server Core installation option of Windows Server® Code Name "Longhorn" in your test lab. This includes installing and performing the initial configuration of the Server Core installation, installing server roles or features, and managing a server that is running a Server Core installation."