For those developing on the Microsoft platform, there are free tools now available to test your applications for Windows Server 2008 compatibility. You can get ahold of these by enrolling at http://www.innovateonwindowsserver.com. You can get the bits at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008.
Innovate on Windows Server 2008 is the development portal that includes key marketing information and resources such as the Application Compatibility Cookbook, “Works with” and Certification Test Tool downloads and demos, developer resources, and links to pre-release Windows Server 2008 software. You can self test your application and have access to AdCenter and special offers to profile your application.
If you want to go a step further, Works With Windows 2008 or Certified for Windows Server 2008 validation. These involve having your app tested. Testing is available beginning November 1. There are test fee waivers and discounts available through Feb 15, 2008, if you enroll in the Early Access Program on the site. There are additional marketing support benefits available and a significant number of partner points for each application that passes the test.
Here are the steps to take advantage of the program:
- Enroll and use the tools. Enroll in the appropriate EAP, profile your solutions and use the free downloadable test and development tools at http://www.innovateonwindowsserver.com.
- Test and develop with the latest release candidate (RC). Get the bits at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008.
- Achieve application certification or validation. Earn the Certified for Windows Server 2008 or Works with Windows Server 2008 designations.