Microsoft Releases Code for Windows Server R2 RC1

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2005-10-17 Print this article Print

Microsoft has made RC1 available for download and the product is on track for delivery by the end of this year.

Microsoft Corp. on Monday came closer to the final release of Windows Server 2003 R2, expected before the years end, by making Release Candidate 1 available for download.

The release of the RC1 code, which is available here, follows the release of RC0, in late August.
A Microsoft spokesman told on Monday that the current plan is not to have another release candidate, but to next-release the code to manufacturing.
"The product is on track for delivery by the end of the year," he said. R2 is an update release built on Windows Server 2003 SP1 and provides improved platform capabilities, branch office server solutions, identity and access management and storage management. The final version of the product is slated for delivery by the end of the year. Click here to read what Bob Muglia, Microsofts senior vice president for Windows Server, had to say about the R2 release. There have been some 25,000 combined public downloads of beta 2 and RC0, while the Windows Server 2003 R2 Café newsgroup remains the Redmond, Wash.-based software giants number one beta newsgroup, in terms of posts, this year, the Microsoft spokesman said. "The newsgroup also ranks in the top 3.5 percent of all Microsoft newsgroups and forums, including those that are public, private or beta," the spokesman added. Microsoft last week also announced some licensing changes, including that the Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition would allow customers to run up to four virtual instances on one physical server at no additional cost. Microsoft officials on Monday also reiterated how they are working with industry organizations and partners to foster interoperability and standards for virtualization technologies. The COM APIs of Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 are published publicly on MSDN and many companies have used these APIs to integrate management tools. The company has similar plans for future Windows virtualization technology. Microsoft has its own Virtual Server product in the market and recently decided to christen Virtual Server 2005 Service Pack 1 as Virtual Server 2005 R2. Click here to read about how Microsoft is simplifying the licensing for Windows Server System products. The renamed product is still due to ship in the fourth quarter of this year. But the follow-on release is not due out until the latter half of 2006. Microsoft is also working with the industry in the DMTF on standards for virtualization management, on industry hardware standards for device virtualization through the PCI-SIG and with the 1394 Trade Association (part of IEEE) to raise awareness of virtualization and help technologies align with future device (I/O) virtualization. The company plans to discuss and demo some of this work at the VMWorld conference later this month. Microsoft Gold Certified partner, 80-20 Software, also announced that its new 80-20 Compliance Server, designed to manage the retention lifecycle of electronic documents and e-mails, is available at no charge to users of Microsoft SharePoint Team Sites. 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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