The Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 Release Candidate will be available to TechNet and Microsoft Developer Network subscribers to test prior to final release. Microsoft says it will soon make the release candidate available beyond MSDN to anyone who wants to use it.
has shipped the Release Candidate of Service Pack 2 for Windows
Vista and Windows Server 2008.
In a Feb. 25 blog post, Brandon LeBlanc, a Windows communications manager on
Microsoft's Windows Client Communications Team, said as of Feb. 25 the
RC of SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 will be available
TechNet and MSDN subscribers to test prior to final release. And in the
"near future" Microsoft will be making the release candidate more
broadly available to anyone who wants to use it, he said. LeBlanc said
Microsoft plans to release SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 in the
second quarter of 2009.
SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 will include updates that have
been delivered since the release of SP1, as well as support for new types of
hardware and emerging standards, LeBlanc said.
In an accompanying post, LeBlanc
said Microsoft has made several application compatibility improvements,
ecosystem support upgrades and enhancements, operating system experience
updates, enterprise improvements, and setup and deployment improvements.
Regarding enterprise improvements, LeBlanc said:
SP2 provides the Hyper-V
virtualization environment as a fully integrated feature of Windows Server
2008, including one free daughter OS with Windows Server 2008 Standard, four
free licenses with Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, and an unlimited number of
free licenses with Windows Server 2008 Datacenter.
SP2 increases the authentication
options for WebDAV redirector, enabling Microsoft Office users greater
flexibility when authenticating custom applications using the WebDAV
SP2 provides an improved power
management both on the server and the desktop, which includes the ability to
manage these settings via Group Policy.
SP2 improves backwards compatibility
for Terminal Server license keys. Windows Server 2008 changed the licensing key
from 512 bytes to 2,048 bytes which caused clients using older Terminal Server
versions to fail. SP2 allows legacy license keys on Citrix applications to work
with Windows Server 2008 Terminal Server.