Microsoft has scheduled a webinar to discuss how Windows Server 2008 software can be used to build dedicated servers and appliances. Set for Feb. 28, the webinar will demonstrate "Server Core," a new feature that reduces the footprint of the operating system, according to the company.
The live 60-minute event, scheduled for 8:00-9:00 AM PST, will teach viewers about "key differentiators from earlier Windows Server operating systems, and the resultant benefits to the embedded space," Microsoft says. In particular, the new server software is said to provide a smaller footprint, virtualization, plus new management and security functionality.
Windows Server 2008, recently released to manufacturing and scheduled for worldwide launch on Feb. 27, features a new Server Core installation option. This option omits the Windows shell, providing a command prompt instead. It includes only file server, DHCP server, DNS server, media services, and Active Directory support, according to Microsoft.
Not listed for coverage in the webinar, but also among the most highly touted features in Windows Server 2008, are Network Access Protection (NAP) and Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODC). NAP is described as a new platform that controls access to network resources based on a client computer's identity and compliance with corporate governance policy. RODC allows creating domain controllers in locations where physical security cannot be ensured, such as branch offices.
Today, Microsoft also announced its "Windows Essential Server Solutions," a family of products built on Windows Server 2008. This includes Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008. The former is designed for organizations with around 50 users, while the latter targets up to 250 users.
Availability and further information: Windows Server 2008 will be available for download by the end of this month, and as a retail product in March, according to Microsoft. Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Essential Business Server 2008 will be available "in the second half of 2008."
Our sister site eWeek.com has provided extensive coverage of Windows Server 2008, including product reviews. For a test of the operating system by eWeek labs, go here. For information about Microsoft's plans for the product launch next week, go here. For eWeek's article on the Windows Essential Server Solutions products, go here.
To register for the webinar focusing on embedded uses of Windows Server 2008, visit Microsoft's website, here.
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