Our Release Candidate 1 (RC1) of Windows Server 2008 was declared final early this morning NZ time and is now available for download.
Windows Server 2008, which is scheduled to release to manufacturing (RTM) by the February and March launch events, reached the RC1 milestone today and is available to customers for download at http://www.microsoft.com/ws08eval. With RC1, Microsoft is enhancing Group Policy with Group Policy Preferences, formerly known as PolicyMaker Standard Edition and Policy Share Manager. As the code approaches final signoff, RC1 is one of the last opportunities for customers and partners to evaluate it and provide feedback. So far, more than 1.8 million customers have obtained Windows Server 2008 evaluation code.
More details here:
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Choose one of the options above or download a different edition for a 30-day evaluation:
• Windows Server 2008 Standard RC1 (x86 and x64)
• Windows Server 2008 Enterprise RC1 (x86 and x64)
• Windows Server 2008 Datacentre RC1 (x86 and x64)
• Windows Web Server 2008 RC1 (x86 and x64)
• Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems RC1
Read a description of each product edition
Note: A Customer Technology Preview version of Windows Server virtualisation, a key feature of Windows Server 2008 is also included in this release as a part of the Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter 64-bit editions. Please refer to the Windows Server virtualisation page for more details.