Windows Server "Longhorn" Beta 3 is now available as a free download from microsoft.com/getbeta3. "Longhorn" is easily the most exciting version of Windows Server yet, with a huge list of new features including:

*Windows PowerShell - Powerful scripting technology
*Dynamic Partitioning - Allocate resources on the fly
*Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 – The Next-Generation Web and Application Platform
*Server Core – A fully-functioning low footprint installation (doesn't even require a GUI!)
*Terminal Services Gateway – Access your applications Without a RAS client
*Failover Clustering – Improved cluster management, security, and stability.
*Network Access Protection – Keep your network safe from unhealthy clients.
*Next Generation TCP/IP Protocol – Built for speed!
*Server Manager – Setup, configure, and manage server roles and features in one place.
*Native UEFI 2.0 support - x64 EFI support for OEMs.
*Read-Only Domain Controller – A new type of domain controller configuration that makes it possible to easily deploy a DC in locations where physical security cannot be guaranteed.
*Windows Deployment Services (WDS): An updated and redesigned version of Remote Installation Services (RIS)

And that's not even a complete list!

Obviously, with all of this important new functionality for security, managability, and enhanced flexibility, you'll be reading a lot about "Longhorn" in the upcoming issues of TechNet Magazine.  If there are particular "Longhorn" topics you'd like to see covered, please let us know! In the meantime, Beta 3 is a great time to download a copy and check it out for yourself.

Enjoy,

-Josh