Windows Server 2003 Set for RTM

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-03-27 Print this article Print

Microsoft expected to release Windows Server 2003 family of products to manufacturing on Friday.

Microsoft Corp. is expected to announce on Friday that it has released the Windows Server 2003 family of products to manufacturing. This is the last engineering stage before the product family is widely released at an eventin San Francisco on April 24.

Bill Veghte, the corporate vice president of Microsofts Windows Server group, is expected to announce the RTM tomorrow morning in an international media teleconference. He is also expected to give details of the exact product set and to say when the various SKUs (Web, Standard, 32-bit and 64-bit Enterprise, and 32-bit and 64-bit Datacenter) will start shipping preloaded on various servers, sources said.

A Microsoft spokeswoman declined to comment ahead of tomorrows teleconference.

Microsoft has also previously said that it will deliver "layered services," those components of Windows Server 2003 that were too late to make it into the final shipping product, at later dates. These components will run on top of Windows Server and will not require the operating system to be reinstalled.

They will be delivered later this year and in the first half of next year, and include the Real Time Communications and Collaboration Server; SharePoint Windows Services, the Group Policy Management Console, Windows Rights Management and Automated Deployment Services.

Veghte is also expected to address the issue of whether or not Microsoft intends to release a server version of Longhorn, its next-generation Windows release. Microsoft has been backpedalingsince senior vice president Brian Valentine recently told the press that Microsoft is planning on doing a server version of Longhorn, its next-generation Windows release.

But, after those comments, Windows Server group product manager Bob OBrien told Microsoft Watchthat "Brian was just thinking out loud…there are no plans for a Longhorn server. That is not on the boards and Longhorn will continue to be a Windows client release only."

But he did say the company was considering issuing a "Limited Edition" release of some of the server technologies that would complement Longhorn. This would be akin to the 64-bit version of Windows 2000, Windows Advanced Server Limited Edition server, that Microsoft currently has on the books.

Like Windows Advanced Server Limited Edition, a Longhorn server Limited Edition—if it becomes reality—would be made available to a very targeted set of customers.

Earlier this month Microsoft finally also released licensing and pricing options for the upcoming Windows Server 2003 family. As first reported by eWEEK, the pricing model consists of a server operating system license and incremental Client Access Licenses (CALs) "and is designed to allow for complete scalability of your cost in relation to your usage," Microsoft said.

Microsoft kept the prices for Windows Server 2003 essentially the same as for Windows Server 2000. Retail pricing for the different products starts at $399 for the Windows Server 2003 Web Edition, Microsofts Web server product that requires no CALs. The standard server product, known as the Standard Edition, is priced at $999 and includes five user or device CALs.

The enterprise server product, the companys Enterprise Edition, costs $3,999 and includes 25 user or device CALs. Microsoft did not disclose the pricing and licensing terms of the top-of-the-range Datacenter Edition, which is only available through qualified OEMs.

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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