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I’m off to Devon for a few days (to get away from vThis, and –V that!) and admittedly, the weather doesn’t look that great, but fear not, I’ve picked up a copy of ‘Mastering System Center Configuration Manager R2’, so I'll be keeping up with technology and expanding my skill set, hopefully.  I guess that’s the biggest problem when technology is both your job, and your hobby – I won’t actually mind reading that type of book on holiday, because I’m always keen to learn more, but er’ indoors would much rather read a trashy paperback!  Anyway, I digress.

So, I’ll be away – in the meantime, I’d hope you get the chance to at least pull down Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM.  If you do one thing this weekend, even if you don’t install it, just pull it down from the web, and get yourself ready for what is arguably, the finest OS (client or server), Microsoft have ever produced.  From File Classification Infrastructure to Applocker, DirectAccess to BranchCache, and from RDS to Hyper-V, there has never been so much infrastructure capability built into a single OS.  It’s sublime to use, solid, scalable, performant, and incredibly capable.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/trial-software.aspx

That’s right, you can get it, right now, 7 days earlier than planned, from that link above.  All the versions are on there, from Web through to Datacenter.  In terms of the standalone, free, Hyper-V Server 2008 R2, I can’t find this just yet on Microsoft.com (I imagine it will end up here.) but it is on TechNet/MSDN:

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While I’m away, if you want to get up to speed with these technologies, you shouldn’t go too far wrong over at http://virtualboytv.com.  It’s go-go-go for Microsoft Virtualisation - We just need SCVMM 2008 R2 to reach RTM and we’ll really be cooking on gas!  Speaking of which, dinner’s ready.  See you all in a few days.