R2?  If you haven't heard of it yet, you will soon.  R2 its a new interim release of Windows Server 2003, shipping around the end of this year - called Windows Server 2003 R2, based on top of Server 2003 SP1 - basically it comes on a 2nd CD (much like the CD1 & CD2 distributions of XP Tablet PC and XP Media Centre) and will install some new key features on top of Server 2003.  Best of all available at no charge under SA.  The FAQs at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/R2/R2FAQ.mspx

 

The noise was really turned up last week when we talked about R2 much more widely as well as annouced beta2 was available for download for everyone

 

The R2 homepage is at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/r2/default.mspx

 

What’s New in Windows Server 2003 R2 Beta 2
• Simplified Branch Server Management
 
• Streamlined Access Management
 
• Efficient Storage Management
 
• Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM)
 
• Microsoft Management Console (MMC) 2.1
 
• Common Log File System (CLFS)
 
• Configure Your Server (CYS)
 
• SharePoint V2 SP2
 
• File Server Role and File Server Management Snap-in
 
• Hardware Management
 
• Identity Management for UNIX
 
• Subsystem for UNIX-based applications

 

Some of the other R2 downloads that came out last week are:

Windows R2:

Overview of the Distributed File System Solution in Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=5e547c69-d224-4423-8eac-18d5883e7bc2&displaylang=en

 

Install and Upgrade to Windows Server 2003 R2

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=8690c156-82e1-4d5d-aa24-111627091832&displaylang=en

 

Beta 2 Step-by-step Guide for Storage Resource Manager

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=797eae62-ac88-4197-9236-38e777f58b9c&displaylang=en

 

Print Management Step-by-Step Guide

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=83066ddc-bc96-4418-a629-48c8abd2c7a0&displaylang=en

 

Beta 2 Reviewers Guide for Microsoft Services for Network File System in Windows Server 2003 R2

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=40af5e4e-4b12-4f27-90f7-7cf9bc053e41&displaylang=en

 

Storage Manager for SANs Quick Start Guide

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=d5483d65-5056-4711-a6df-2e2a6e3f9441&displaylang=en

 

Overview of Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS) in Windows Server 2003 R2

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=8a4ccaf1-d55e-4129-8a5f-97093a48fd3d&displaylang=en

 


 
More info on the Windows Server Roadmap at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/overview/roadmap.mspx