the first release candidate of Win2k8 was made available for download today at http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=0818D425-CD47-4279-BE8D-24ABA14530A3&displaylang=en.

 Not only does this release include a bunch of new IIS goodies, but most importantly, the Allpha of Windows Server Virtualization. Here's the best resource on line for that right now, Keith Combs introductory screencast at http://blogs.technet.com/keithcombs/archive/2007/09/13/windows-server-2008-screencast-virtualization-10-minute-tour.aspx.

 Launch is just around the corner--are you ready?