Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate… 0?
Microsoft pushed out Windows Server 2008’s first release candidate… 0… today. The whole zero-base is a bit odd and I haven’t found if they’re being punny. You can download the various editions here. Just keep with the process—the Evaluation process is kinda odd, it acts like you’re buying something; however, at the end of the process, you’ll be presented with a key and a download link. As of this moment, the demo VHDs still appear to be Beta 3, but I’m sure that’ll change in the coming hours.
I haven’t checked, but I’m sure these will also be released to MSDN for download as well.
With both built-in virtualization (if the lawsuit from VMWare doesn’t get it yanked before the product goes gold), IIS 7.0 (.net 3.0/3.5, etc), and built-in PowerShell, I’m really looking forward to this new server build. What I’ve seen and dinked with in VHDs of Beta 3, the whole experience is pretty slick.