It’s come round pretty fast I have to say, but Microsoft have announced availability, through MSDN and TechNet (non-MSDN/TechNet subscribers can download them from Friday 9th January), of the beta’s of Windows 7 client, and better still, Windows Server 2008 R2.
I’ve been using Windows 7 Client for a while now, and I’m really impressed. It’s stable, performant, and it’s improved the way I work in terms of accessing my information, and working with it in productive ways. The early benchmarks are also looking pretty good, trumping both Vista, and XP, in a number of different categories, so good news so far!
You can read about Windows 7 Client, what’s new, and what’s cool, for general consumers, and businesses, here: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/default.aspx and you can view some cool videos too: http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/beta-videos.aspx. Cool stuff, I think you’ll agree.
Cool as Windows 7 Client is, for me, Windows Server 2008 R2, along with its increasingly advanced Virtualisation technologies, is where it’s at. The guys at the Windows Server blog have already announced some of their favourite key features that made it into the beta:
I’ve been testing the beta of Windows Server 2008 R2 on a couple of Dell PowerEdge T605’s (12GB RAM, Dual Proc CPU etc), with a software iSCSI Target as my shared storage, and the Live Migration works great, the Cluster Shared Volumes are simple and easy to use, but extremely powerful and resilient under the covers. Now you can experience it too, so download it, try it, and feed back to Microsoft to make the final release even better. I’ve got a feeling that Windows 7, and Windows Server 2008 R2 are coming quicker than we think….
I would also recommend taking a look at some of these links and resources:
Enjoy, and have fun with the betas!
PingBack from http://vmetc.com/2009/01/08/windows-server-2008-r2-beta-introduces-live-migration-for-hyper-v/
Great post! It's good to see that all the expected features are present in the beta-especially live migration! We'll get testing that internally ASAP...
Cheers mate - good luck with the testing!
From here : Microsoft and Marathon Technologies Expand Relationship to Provide Fault Tolerant Computing
After my post a few days back, talking about the availability of both Windows 7 Client, and Windows Server
Now that Microsoft has released the beta of Windows Server 2008 R2 to the public it’s time to get our
At the end of last week, Microsoft announced availability, through MSDN and TechNet (non-MSDN/TechNet