Windows Server 2008 R2 RC available today

The RC release of Windows Server 2008 R2 is available for download today for TechNet and MSDN subscribers. (With all the commotion over the Windows 7 RC, also available today, this news has gotten a little lost).

R2 is getting rave reviews from those who have tested it, and it is packed with special features for working with Windows 7, although the jury is still out as to how necessary, or how well, some of those features work. (Microsoft Subnet blogger Tyson Kopczynski has found a lot of frustration with the combo's WAN optimization feature, Branch Cache, for instance.)

But there's still much to love about the latest Windows Server. And this release is much bigger in terms of the number of new features supported than is indicated by calling "R2." With that in mind, the WS2008 folks have been busy creating "resources" for those interested in learning more about R2. Here's a list from the group's TechNet blog. These resources includes videos (such as the one posted below) on new features, whitepapers on new features, migration advice and so on.

Note that R2 is a 64-bit only release and if it works as advertised, will make server vendors like Dell happy as IT folks yank out their old 32-bit servers to migrate to it. The video below discusses 32-bit to 64-bit migration.

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