Microsoft Offers Windows Server 2003 R2 RC0 for Download

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2005-08-30 Print this article Print

This is the first release candidate since the product was in beta, and will be followed by RC1, the company says.

Microsoft made the first release candidate for Windows Server 2003 R2, which is an update release of the Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 operating system, available via download Tuesday. The code for RC0 (release candidate 0) can be downloaded from Microsoft Corp.s Web site. This is the first release candidate since the product was in beta, and will be followed by RC1, a Microsoft spokesperson told eWEEK.
The final Windows Server R2 code is scheduled for release by the end of 2005, and Microsoft officials say it brings improved branch office server solutions, identity and access management and storage management, and better enables application development inside and outside an organizations traditional boundaries.
Click here to read more about Microsofts release of the Branch Office Infrastructure Solution, which is prescriptive architectural guidance. Microsoft Watch reported earlier this month that Microsoft announced the availability of the "first escrow build of RC0" on Aug. 15. "Microsoft is warning testers that the RC0 escrow, like all escrow builds, will have only a limited lifespan. Microsoft is planning to accept feedback on the near-final cut for approximately two weeks. If the Softies like what they hear, release to manufacturing (RTM) for R2 could be just around the corner," it reported. The Microsoft spokesperson told eWEEK the company is seeing strong customer interest in R2, with the R2 Café newsgroup ranking as the companys No. 1 beta newsgroup this year and in the top 5 percent of all its public, private or beta newsgroups and forums. An interview with Iain McDonald, director of Windows program management, about R2 and other topics can be viewed on Microsofts Channel 9. The Windows Server development team is not sitting still. While the team is working on the next version of Windows Server, code-named Longhorn and due to ship in 2007, the company already has a team working on Longhorn Release 2 and is looking at the potential feature set for Blackcomb, the version that follows Longhorn. Read more here about Microsofts next-generation plans for Windows Server. Bill Hilf, Microsofts director of platform technology, also briefly addressed the release of Windows Server 2003 R2 at the recent LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in San Francisco, in a session titled "Managing Linux in a mixed environment ... at Microsoft? A look inside the Linux/Open Source Software Lab at Microsoft." Hilfs Q&A with Slashdot readers has been posted to the Slashdot Web site. R2 would take a step forward in Unix interoperability, including a full subsystem for Unix applications, which resides at the same level as the Win32 subsystem, he said. "The key message is that this is part of the operating system for us and a key part of what we are providing. This is a powerful tool for those looking to move their applications to a new platform," Hilf said. Check out eWEEK.coms for Microsoft and Windows news, views and analysis.
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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