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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