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

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.

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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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  • I'll be buying Windows Small Business Server 2008.

    I'm saving my money until Microsoft releases WSBS08 during 2008.
    Grayson Peddie
    • Certain small businesses

      may do better with a mid-market server if the small business restrictions are taken away (i.e. only one domain controller, limit to database size, no terminal services). Those limitations keep my employer from purchasing Windows SMB servers.
      Michael Kelly
      • Well I don't care about multiple domain controllers.

        For me, I'm just learning and self-teaching myself Windows Server.

        How I teach myself, I use www.learnitfirst.com. They have video tutorials like how to setup a DHCP Server, use Active Directory, etc. I also learned the basics of Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, although most of the features are for businesses and sadly, I only have Windows XP Home Edition pre-installed (can't join a domain for learning/testing/evaluating--sucks big time for networking) in my HP Notebook Pavilion zv6130us.

        I could use Windows Home Server, but I'd like more features tailored for businesses (well, not use all of the features (like multi domain controllers) which is why I'm going with Windows Small Business Server 2008) and that I plan to put WSBS08 into use when building my own dream home after I earn a lot of money for being a game developer after I finish college (I finished the first semester and will be starting second semester this fall).
        Grayson Peddie