Microsoft releases Windows Server 2008 to manufacturing
It's been nearly five years in the making
More than two million copies of the server operating system have been downloaded by customers and others so far, Microsoft said in a statement.
Meanwhile, some sources are saying that Service Pack 1 for Vista also will debut on Monday.
One key feature of the server operating system is Server Core, a stripped-down, lightweight installation option that contains only a subset of executable files and can perform a limited number of functions. Not only can Server Core work on older hardware when the full-boat operating system will not, but running Windows Server 2008 in this way means fewer security vulnerabilities, Computerworld's reviewer says. (The full review is here.)
Other new functions include expanded support for Internet Information Server, where administrators can control exactly which pieces of IIS are installed and running at any given time, and more options for running and controlling applications remotely.
The path to Windows Server 2008 has not always been a straight line, however. The operating system has been delayed at least once, and Microsoft has changed course about which virtualization features to include natively in the operating system.
Microsoft will show Windows Server 2008 to IT pros, and any other interested parties, during a nationwide series of launch events starting later this month. The first is scheduled for Feb. 27 in Los Angeles.
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