Microsoft readies new 'Centro' mid-market server test build

Summary:Microsoft will release within the next few weeks a new Community Technology Preview (CTP) build of its mid-market server product, code-named "Centro," according to an e-mail sent to selected testers.

Microsoft will release within the next few weeks a new Community Technology Preview (CTP) build of its mid-market server product, code-named "Centro," according to an e-mail sent to selected testers.

According to information posted on the Techlog site, the upcoming Centro CTP will incorporate "many new Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 based components."

Centro, the product to which Microsoft officials referred a few years back as Windows Mid-Market Server, is an integrated bundle of Windows Server 2008, Exchange Server 2007, System Center Essentials 2007, SQL Server 2005, ISA Server and other Forefront security technologies.

Microsoft released to a private group of testers a first beta build of Centro in December 2006.

The final 64-bit-only version of Centro is slated to ship some time in 2008, as is the updated Windows Small Business Server "Cougar" product -- which, like Centro -- is built around Windows Server 2008.

Windows Server 2008, the product formerly codenamed "Longhorn Server," is still on track to be released to manufacturing in 2007 and to launch worldwide in the first part of 2008.

(Thanks to Steven Bink of Bink.nu fame for the original pointer to the Techlog posting.)

Topics: Microsoft, Servers, Windows

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