Tuesday, December 06, 2005 10:26 PM bart

Windows Server 2003 R2 RTM

Today, Saint Nicholas brought Windows Server 2003 R2. More information on http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003. For the official press bulletin, take a look at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/dec05/12-06WS03R2RTMPR.mspx. Personally, I do like the R2 philosophy, having more regular minor updates of product releases. Basically, R2 versions take the previous stable version of the technology (in this case Windows Server 2003 SP1 + latest updates) and put new things (some of those being available already as separate downloads) on top of it (in this case things such as ADFS, ADAM, updates to DFS, better File and Print Management, .NET Framework 2.0, Windows SharePoint Services 2.0, CLFS, etc). In the end, R2 releases have two turn ons:

  • existing users can deploy the R2 release with much confidence because the core of the system doesn't change (NT 5.2 stays NT 5.2), except for the Service Pack (which should be deployed by most customers already)
  • customers that haven't move to Windows Server 2003 already have much more reasons to migrate now because of the additional features that become available in R2

Let's hope at some point in time the R2 wave reaches beyond the Windows Server 2003 and Virtual Server 2005 products. Product release intervals such as SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2005 are way too long for a big set of customers.

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