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Hey there. My name is David Lowe and I'm a senior product manager in the Windows Server group, responsible for marketing and evangelism around Windows Server Code Name "Longhorn".
One of the things we get asked a lot is when Longhorn Server will be released and when people will be able to get their hands on a new pre-release build. In fact, as Patrick mentions below, this was also a frequently asked question for Jim Allchin, co-president of our Platforms, Products and Services division, when he met with journalists, bloggers and analysts this week, so we thought it was time to put our cards on the table.
The only time we've done any kind of "semi-public" preview release was when we distributed Build 5219 to PDC attendees last September. In addition, customers who are part of our Technical Beta program also got to see Build 5270 in December. We do provide more regular drops to OEMs, partners and Technology Adoption Program customers, but they are private programs.
"That's all well and good, but when can *I* get to see it?" you cry. Well, you won't have to wait too much longer. We're planning to kick off a Customer Technology Preview (CTP) program to coincide with Beta 2, which will arrive in the second quarter of this year. That means all MSDN and TechNet subscribers will be able to download it and start playing with fun new things like Network Access Protection, Server Core, IIS 7.0, Terminal Services Gateway and Remote Applications. You'll also get to pair it with Windows Vista to see the performance and reliability improvements we've made in our completely redesigned TCP/IP stack.
"So what happens after Beta 2?" you shout. We know that after you've seen Beta 2, you'll want to see more, so just like we've done with products like SQL Server 2005, Visual Studio 2005 and Windows Vista, we'll start putting out those CTP releases on a more regular basis to keep your appetites whetted. That will allow us to get continuous feedback from you on our progress as we work our way up to Beta 3, which should appear before the end of this year with pretty much all features and roles in place.
We think it will be worth the wait.
Could you please tell me what I can expect from Terminal Services Gateway and Remote Applications?
There is a video on Channel 9 from last September where you can see some of the folks from our Terminal Services group demonstrating an early version of Terminal Services Gateway, which allows you to access internal resources from remote computers over HTTP, and Remote Applications, where applications running on a Terminal Server are published to a remote desktop and installed with relevant file associations and shortcuts so that they can be launched and run seamlessly. David.
I am wondering if their is going to be a Vista Build of Small Business Server. I am just starting ti get my teeth into SBS 2003 some what. Should I wait for the SBS Vista 64. I understand Vista Media center is really something. Christmas can not come soon enough. Thank you for all your hard work.