Windows Server

Did anyone hear about Windows Server 2008?

So much of the media's attention has been drawn to the proposed buyout of Yahoo that hardly anyone seems to be paying attention to Microsoft's OS news. Paul Mah wrote on the subject of Vista's first service pack on Feb. 4, but Microsoft also released Windows Server 2008 (WS2k8) to manufacturing on the same day.

So much of the media's attention has been drawn to the proposed buyout of Yahoo that hardly anyone seems to be paying attention to Microsoft's OS news. Paul Mah wrote on the subject of Vista's first service pack on Feb. 4, but Microsoft also released Windows Server 2008 (WS2k8) to manufacturing on the same day.

Vista SP1, Windows Server 2008 finalized (News.com)

Microsoft's newest OS has gotten good reviews and certainly brings some needed benefits to many different types of businesses. One feature that I will make use of is the new Read Only Domain Controller, which I can deploy at a branch campus without exposing my AD infrastructure in a less secure environment than my locked server room. IIS has also gotten a makeover, and remote desktops will be much easier with single sign on.

Review: Much to like in Windows Server 2008 (Computerworld)

Microsoft does have some challenges ahead, since WS2k8 shares its code base with Vista, which has been plagued by many issues since its launch. Despite Microsoft's claimed attention to security, there have still been plenty of Patch Tuesday updates. Application support, rumored to be over 300 by the March 1st release date, is definitely one issue that Microsoft will have to stay on top of in order to convince customers to use its newest server offering.

Microsoft releases Windows Server 2008 to manufacturing (Information Week)

I have been mosty ambivalent to the release of WS2k8. I have not put a pre-SP1 OS into a production environment, and I am not certain that I ever will. However, the feature set in WS2k8 is definitely compelling, and the ability to load only the core functions for a server that will play a limited role would allow me to run it on hardware that is relatively low powered. Will you put WS2k8 into production in the near future?

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18 comments
hodgese
hodgese

I'm not sure I'll be upgrading our existing servers en masse, but for any new servers, why not? Lots of new features, better security, and the good parts of Vista without the bad... what's not to like?

kyle
kyle

We will be putting Server 2008 to use. We are moving towards virtualization so we will take advantage of Hyper-V. Through our MSDN access we get Datacenter Edition (1500 activations it claims) so it should be fun. I just downloaded the ISO yesterday and am already working on upgrading a test server to give it a run for it's money.

JCitizen
JCitizen

discussion and vented your impression of this feature. If you don't mind that is.

richard.wilson
richard.wilson

I've installed and played with the betas and RC0. I like it. It can only get better. TS over HTTPS /drool Terminal Services RemoteApp....

JCitizen
JCitizen

no further comment; need more information.

Dumphrey
Dumphrey

a whole lot more then Vista. The features added (Bitlocker, Virtual Support, NAC-access, new GPOs...) seem more useful then UAC and a shiny interface. Most is un-needed in my environment, but I can see how many of the features could be used in other environments.

JCitizen
JCitizen

and it and everything else proves up to patching; it may be a big winner. I wondered when they would get serious about 64bit capability. I would like to see 32bit go obsolete. What did you think of the CLI controlled server "lite"? Also I wonder how truely secure the new terminal service is going to be.

Andy Moon
Andy Moon

I didn't even mention Bitlocker, Microsoft's new whole drive encryption system, in the article, but that is another of the compelling features. Still, it has almost been a mantra for me since I got into the business, never implement a Microsoft product until the first service pack. Still, my upgrade and refresh cycle's timing is such that I might be willing to consider a limited role for a couple of servers. Do you see yourself putting WS2k8 into production before its first service pack releases?

aminomer
aminomer

We will defintiely give it a shot, at least in a test evnironment to tryout the fully promoised Virtualization solution. As always been the case, we will wait for at least service pack 1 before we deploy to production.

Tony Hopkinson
Tony Hopkinson

Used to be called longhorn.....

JCitizen
JCitizen

Oh Well! About the time they came out with Server 2003 was about the time I heard about Longhorn; so my foggy memory spliced them together.

cmartens
cmartens

After the fact that Vista wouldn't support the management tools for Exchange 2003, nor support the update mechanism for my mobile device (Blackjack), I won't even consider a new MS server or client OS until we migrate our apps. Specifically Exchange 2007. The new OS's look pretty but are a pain in the a$$ for our admins.

cmartens
cmartens

After the fact that Vista wouldn't support the management tools for Exchange 2003, nor support the update mechanism for my mobile device (Blackjack), I won't even consider a new MS server or client OS until we migrate our apps. Specifically Exchange 2007. The new OS's look pretty but are a pain in the a$$ for our admins.

reisen55
reisen55

The problem with a server operating system is that is affects "everything" and not just one computer or computer group. Windows XP and Vista are enough of a headache right now and any reliable or sane system administrator would touch Server 2008 ONLY in a non-production, test mode at the present time. I don't want to shut my clients down 100% just because Ballmer says the newest is always good. Steve, eh, what about Vista?????????? If I put that horror on my customers computers, I'd shut down their businesses too - only it would take me lotsa time to do it. Server 2008 could do it in one fell shot!!!! NO in a Production environment. YES only a pre-test environment and Wait for full diagnostics and testing before releasing to a production network.

joshuabj
joshuabj

I like working on a sytem that has many of the bugs already worked out from years of production use. It will be a while before we switch. Also, most of our programs haven't been tested for server 2008 yet. Once we know the compatibility issues are resolved, then we may begin to consider this as an option. However I wouldn't mind begining to use it in our test enbironment so that I am more familiar with the changes.

dr.aipple
dr.aipple

To quote the legend Paul McStay "There's a buzz aboot the place" Working in the hosting industry provides a good oversight of what the Net public are thinking and we have had many requests for this to be installed the day it goes live. The new, much awaited and heralded IIS7 offers such an improvement I think we will see more early adopters this time. My 2 cents isn't worth a penny but there you go.