Windows Server 2008 (RTM) released


Microsoft has made available the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Server 2008. Windows Server 2008 automates daily management tasks, tightening security, improving efficiency and increasing availability. It also offers virtualisation solutions that will enable IT professionals to reduce costs, increase hardware utilization, optimize their infrastructure, and improve server availability.

Windows Server 2008 was developed in tandem with the Windows Vista code base. As such it has most of that operating system’s advanced management and security features, such as integrated Network Access Protection (NAP) and Group Policy enforcement using Active Directory.

According to Microsoft, customers will also see system-wide performance improvements from an integrated system architecture, including network file sharing, managed quality of service and reduced power consumption. Common tools and processes across both operating systems will result in efficiencies for IT organizations. 

Customers: On Your Mark…

To help IT professionals evaluate the migration-readiness of their existing networks, Microsoft has created four automated assessment tools, or “solution accelerators:”

  • the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) tool, which helps evaluate installed applications on servers, performs hardware assessments and makes recommendations regarding server virtualization;
  • the Infrastructure Planning and Design guides, which describe the architectural considerations involved in implementing the upgrade to Windows Server 2008;
  • the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide, which provides best practices and automated tools to help strengthen the security of servers running Windows Server 2008, and
  • the Microsoft Deployment tool, which decreases the cost of client and server deployments by providing detailed guidance and job aids for every organizational role involved with large-scale deployment projects.

Enterprise customers planning to upgrade should take the following steps when preparing to install Windows Server 2008:

  1. Use Microsoft’s free tools to assess their enterprise’s current servers and determine which can be upgraded and which servers will require a “clean install. “
  2. Engage with their application suppliers for prescriptive guidance.
  3. Test applications they’re planning to run for compatibility with Windows 2008.
  4. Research certified hardware and software solutions in the Windows Server Catalog www.windowsservercatalog.com

“First Look Clinics” to Windows Server 2008 in Malaysia

As part of its commitment to customer and partner readiness to deploy the next generation of server operating systems, Microsoft is running a series of First Look Clinics on Windows Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008 and soon SQL Server 2008.

These first-look hands-on labs introduces Windows Server 2008 content, such as:

  • Windows Server Virtualization
  • Branch Office Deployment
  • Web Application Deployment
  • Security and Policy controls in Windows and more

It also provides more information about the latest development tool which allows users to rapidly create web applications that provides a compelling user experience for Windows Vista and Office 2007.

“Windows Server 2008 is a key component to the next wave of hardware innovation and we anticipate that the release will be very well accepted here in Malaysia. As such, we are taking steps to ensure IT professionals, administrators, engineers and developers have the support and are prepared to make a seamless transition to Windows Server 2008 through initiatives such as the hands-on labs,” said Ramesh Rajandran, Product Solutions Marketing Manager, Infrastructure Servers, Microsoft Malaysia.

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