Windows Server 2008 - RTM!!!

Windows Server 2008 - RTM!!!

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As I write this,  I’m in the room where it all happens - in building 26, better known as the ship room.  Ten minutes ago Windows Server 2008 officially RTM’d.  Also in here with me are my colleagues who have been working on Windows Vista SP1, also RTM’ing today.  We’ve all been working towards this day for the past 3 years and over 5,000 people have contributed to this release.

It’s an exciting day for us and an exciting day for our partners, and customers.   As one of the guys responsible for getting Windows Server 2008 out the door, I thought I’d pull back the curtain a bit and let everyone know what it’s like to be here as we ship Windows Server 2008.    

In the final days leading up to RTM, the tone in the war room meetings was calm, almost too calm because there were minimal bugs to resolve and final testing went very smoothly.  We focused on testing of the code changes made in Nov/Dec to make sure nothing regressed. Hundreds of system component teams across the Windows division and Microsoft performed their escrow test passes and signed off.  The last important step was to ensure our deployment customers, OEMs, and Microsoft IT were satisfied and had no major issues.

  Ship Room 1

For the past two years we have run performance benchmarks against Windows Server 2003, the Lone Server, and saw significant performance benefits with IIS7, File transfer using SMB2, and across multiple networking scenarios.  I expect that customers will see significant improvements running Windows Server 2008 because we only install the binaries and services required for the specific role they deploy.  This means a small server footprint, easier management, and less servicing.  With server core, you can even install a GUI-free server. 

I am extremely proud of the Windows Server development team who worked hard to ensure that Windows Server 2008 is a world-class operating system.   Every day I get to come to work with such smart and dedicated people, and we will remember this moment for the rest of our lives.  For the development team, the celebration begins today. But we’ll continue to celebrate and look forward to seeing a lot of our customers and partners at the Heroes Happen Here Launch event in LA, on February 27!   

 

-Alex Hinrichs, Group Program Manager Windows Server 2008

Thinking about upgrading – see guidance posted here:

http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2008/feb08/02-04WS2008.mspx

 

Want more information on Windows Vista SP1, see the Windows Vista Team Blog:

http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsvista/archive/2008/02/04/announcing-the-rtm-of-windows-vista-sp1.aspx and the Windows Vista Experience Blog:  http://windowsvistablog.com/blogs/windowsexperience/default.aspx

 

 

 

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  • Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) was released to manufacturing today and will start being available

  • E' ufficiale, notizia di pochissimi minuti fa. Sono appena stati rilasciati Windows Server 2008 e Windows

  • Finally. Longhorn is RTM !  This is absolutely a milestone !

    Congratulation!

    What to see any early adoption/pilot case of server 2003 ?  here is one from China

    http://blogs.technet.com/ericlin/archive/2008/02/04/hichina.aspx

    -Eric Lin

    DPE,

    China

    ericlin@microsoft.com

  • Technorati Tags: Microsoft , Windows Server 2008 , piergiorgio Malusardi Qualche decina di minuti fa

  • I found brief announcement about this on http://blogs.msdn.com/iainmcdonald/archive/2008/02/04/whoo-windows

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  • Tant attendu, Windows Vista voit sont Service Pack 1 sortir en version finale, et Windows Server 2008

  • The Windows Server team blog has announced that Windows Server 2008 has been released to manufacture

  • Es ist soweit: Sowohl das Vista SP1 als auch der Windows Server 2008 sind Released to manufacturing (RTM)

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  • See http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/archive/2008/02/04/windows-server-2008-rtm.aspx   Now

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    2.  Does Vista SP1 also include self-healing NTFS?

    3.  Will the standalone "Hyper-V" server be able to run Windows Server 2003 or lower when it RTMs or that standalone server is only for Linux/Unix workload consolidation?

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