REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 4, 2008 â€“Approaching the companyâ€™s largest enterprise launch in its history, Microsoft reached another important milestone today with the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Windows Server 2008. The response from IT professionals and developers has been strong as the company moves toward the worldwide launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 on February 27.
One indication of the momentum that is building around the latest server operating system is the number of beta and evaluation versions that customers and partners have obtained: more than two million.
IT professionals face increasing pressure from rapidly changing technology, increasing costs and security concerns, and expanding business needs. Windows Server 2008 helps alleviate these pressures by automating daily management tasks, tightening security, improving efficiency and increasing availability. It also offers virtualization solutions that will enable IT professionals to reduce costs, increase hardware utilization, optimize their infrastructure, and improve server availability.
Furthermore, because Windows Server 2008 was developed in tandem with the Windows Vista code base, it has most of that operating systemâ€™s advanced management and security features, such as integrated Network Access Protection (NAP) and Group Policy. Customers will also see system-wide performance improvements from an integrated system architecture, including network file sharing, managed quality of service and reduced power consumption. Common tools and processes across both operating systems will result in efficiencies for IT organizations.
â€œWeâ€™ve been working with partners around the world who are creating solutions that take advantage of the new platformâ€™s feature set,â€ said Bob Visse, senior director, Windows Server Marketing Group at Microsoft. â€œThereâ€™s been tremendous support for the operating system and a lot of excitement around the opportunity it represents for the industry.â€
Edit (Patrick S):If you were on the technical beta for Windows Server 08 you can download the RTM images/iso’s from MSFT Connect. No Keys will be provided however-nor will previous Beta issued keys activate the RTM version. These images will only be on Connect for 30 days… So if you wish to keep a permanent copy you must download and save them locally.