Windows Server 2008 Mainstream Support Extends by 2 Years, Now Ends Jan 2015; Open Sources POSH-NPM for NPM; Integration Pack for HP Operations Manager Beta

Microsoft has extended the support cycle for Windows Server 2008 by two additional years. According to Microsoft officials, "Windows Server 2008 was originally scheduled to more from free, mainstream support to extended on July 9, 2013. But it will now be given two extra years and will end mainstream support on January 15, 2015 and […]

Windows Server 2008 mainstream support extended by two years, now ends on January 2015

Microsoft has extended the support cycle for Windows Server 2008 by two additional years. According to Microsoft officials, "Windows Server 2008 was originally scheduled to more from free, mainstream support to extended on July 9, 2013. But it will now be given two extra years and will end mainstream support on January 15, 2015 and will move to paid (extended) support," report ZDNet.

Basically, "this means security updates for Windows Server 2008 will be free but other updates are only provided once you pay for them. During mainstream support, all updates and security patches are free. Windows Server 2008 was originally released to manufacturing back in February of 2008."

Microsoft provides five years of mainstream support and five years of extended support for all of its Windows releases, whether they be "consumer" or "business."

Microsoft had released Windows Server 2008 to manufacturing in February 2008. And, its successor, Windows Server 2008 R2, was released to manufacturing in July 2009. The Redmond company recently released the most recent version of Windows Server, dubbed "Windows Server 2012," to manufacturing on August 1, 2012.

According to latest edition of the Microsoft's quarterly lifecycle newsletter (via):

"The Microsoft policy provides a minimum of five years of Mainstream Support or two years of Mainstream Support after the successor product ships, whichever is longer...."

"Modifications to the expiration dates for Windows Server 2008 are a result of the launch of Windows Server 2012, giving customers the additional 2 years of support."

Microsoft also released today, a small utility that will make easier for Windows developers to use NPM in Powershell.

that was released two weeks ago we released a .NET library for NPM, today

"Posh-npm is a set of Powershell scripts that enable tab completion on the Powershell console for all NPM commands. For instance by typing npm ins<tab> in Powershell will complete the command by listing all available commands that starts with ins," Microsoft interoperability team stated.

You can find it on GitHub.

The Integration Pack for HP Operations Manager for System Center 2012 SP1 Beta- Orchestrator available today enables automatoing the consolidation and correlation of fault and performance events across you entire physical and virtual IT infrastructure.

This integration pack adds the HP Operations Manager category to the Activity pane in the Runbook Designer. This category contains the following activities:

  • Acknowledge Message; Add Annotation; Create Message; Delete Annotation; Delete Custom Attribute; Get Annotation; Get Message; Launch Tool; Monitor Message; Own/Disown Message; Set Custom Attribute; Update Annotation; Update Message

You can download System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 Beta Integration Pack for HP Operations Manager Beta from Download Center.

Refreshed bits of Casablanca available for download today include adds following new capabilities:

  • Streaming of HTTP message bodies (there are some limitations on Windows 8 App Store apps)
  • Improved asynchronous streams libraries, including interop with C++ iostreams.
  • Support for Azure Table storage, with some restrictions.
  • Complete support for the Azure blob and queue APIs.
  • We cleaned up our use of strings as arguments to various APIs. There should be no more confusion between wstring and string.
  • A couple of new samples, mostly focusing on Azure storage capabilities.

You can download refreshed bits at the Casablanca devlabs site.