Windows Server R2 Goes to 1,000 Beta Testers
Microsoft is laboring on a number of other R2-related releases besides the full-fledged server release, Muglia said. The company also is working to deliver a first beta of Windows Small Business Server R2 in the coming months. And earlier this fall, Microsoft released to select OEM testers a first beta of Windows Storage Server R2, Muglia said.
R2 is a fairly minor version of Windows Server that will be built on the Windows Server 2003 SP1 (Service Pack 1) code base. It will include a number of the myriad Windows Server 2003 feature packs that Microsoft has shipped since April 2003.
Earlier this fall, Microsoft officials said they planned to cut a few key features slated for R2, including network-access protection and file sharing over HTTP, in order to make its planned 2005 ship date.
R2 will feature a new file migration toolkit; simple-SAN management tools; a new storage-resource-management subsystem (
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