Microsoft announced on March 5 that it would broaden availability of its Release Candidate of Service Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 to anyone interested in testing the solution prior to its final release. Previously, Microsoft had made the SP2 update available only to TechNet and MSDN subscribers.
announced that anyone interested in testing the Release Candidate of Service
Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 could now do so, one week
after the company issued a more limited rollout.
The Release Candidate can either be downloaded from this site
or else installed through Windows Update via the use of the Windows
Update Experience Kit.
"If you have the
SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 beta installed, you will need to
uninstall that first before installing the RC," Brandon LeBlanc, Windows communications manager on the
Windows Client Communications Team, noted in a blog posting.
SP2 has been released with several goals in mind; for the
enterprise, one of the paramount ones may be the updates that "make it easier
for IT administrators to deploy and manage large installations of Windows Vista
and Windows Server 2008," according to the company.
On Feb. 25, Microsoft made the Release Candidate of Service
Pack 2 for Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 available
to TechNet and MSDN subscribers prior to final release.
At the time, LeBlanc noted in a blog post that Microsoft
would make the release candidate broadly available in the "near future." That
moment has evidently arrived.
Microsoft plans to release SP2 for Windows Vista and Windows
Server 2008 in the second quarter of 2009; in addition to supporting new types
of hardware and emerging standards, SP2 will also deliver a variety of new
updates and improvements.
enterprise-centered tweaks for SP2 include increased authentication options for
WebDAV redirector, and Hyper-V integrated into Windows Server 2008.
Developers and anyone else
interested can provide feedback on SP2 here.