Microsoft makes available a new Windows Server 2008 test build

Microsoft makes available a new Windows Server 2008 test build

Summary: Microsoft has pushed out a new Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of Windows Server 2008, the first new build it has provided since early June when it delivered Beta 3 of the product formerly known as Longhorn Server.


On June 26, Microsoft pushed out a new Community Technology Preview (CTP) test build of Windows Server 2008.

The build is not for any and all testers; it is for a smaller select set of technical beta participants, according to a post on the Windows Server team blog. The new build is the first Microsoft has provided to testers since it delivered Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 two months ago. (More than 200,000 testers have downloaded Beta 3, the Softies say.)

What's new in the new CTP? From the Server team blog:

"So what's new in this CTP? Well, consider that Beta 3 was technically our "feature complete" milestone, so you shouldn't expect to see much in the way of major changes from here on in. However, one major update that is present in this release is the ability to run the Web Server role (a.k.a. IIS 7.0) on a Server Core installation. This was a huge request from customers and we didn't think we'd make it, but we managed to squeeze it in, so you should check out how that works. The main focus of this release was to fix some bugs and improve overall quality and performance over Beta 3, but obviously, you also will see some minor UI changes and tweaks."

(Microsoft announced in June that IIS 7.0 would be one of the Server Core roles selectable by admins when configuring Windows Server 2008.) has posted a copy of the letter about the latest Windows Server CTP that Microsoft sent to testers this week.

It sounds like Microsoft still believes it will release Windows Server 2008 to manufacturing before the end of 2007. The official launch is going to be in early 2008.

Update: Just a reminder for those interested in running IIS 7.0 as a core role: Given that Windows Server 2008 Core doesn't support managed code, IIS does not support ASP.NET when used on Server Core.

Topics: Servers, Microsoft, Windows


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • interesting...

    It will be interesting to see what great things will be in 2008 over Win2003. We still have about half of our Windows server population on Win2000 and four servers still on NT 4.0 here. Yikes !!!
  • Non-supported in IIS 7 running in Server Core

    Makes sense since there's no .net Framework support in Server Core and I don't plan to host websites in Server Core.

    Thus, I see no need for CTP of WS08.

    But I won't fret: Server Core is great as a router for hooking up multiple computers to Windows Server 2008 and I will plan to have a normal installation of Windows Server 2008 for hosting my website, mostly for home automation purposes and as a normal website.

    So I have a question. Do I have to purchase two licenses of Windows Server 2008? Because I am aiming for Windows Small Business Server 2008 and I don't want to risk making my license "ungenium" if I have two copies of Windows Server 2008 with just a single license.

    I know I'll expect a question like "why don't I use Linux? It's free" but I love Windows not because of "ease of use," but I'd like to try out most (if not all) of the products such as Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007, gain more familarity with Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 (I've learned the basics), and others that are mostly aimed for businesses and may not have that much use for hobbyists like me, who'd like to have Windows Small Business Server 2008 at home).

    Anyway, with no support in Server Core, it's no use for me.
    Grayson Peddie