Overall, however, McCown too is high on the new release, and especially taken with transactional NTFS, read-only domain controllers, restartable Active Directory Domain Services, and the revamped TCP/IP stack. J. Peter Bruzzese, InfoWorld’s Enterprise Windows blogger, says the move to Windows Server 2008 is a must, thanks to Server Core, PowerShell, Hyper-V, the new TCP/IP stack, the enhancements to Active Directory, and the “absolutely awesome” architecture that WS08 shares with Vista.
Here at InfoWorld, the arrival of Windows Server 2008 is being met with widespread admiration. It’s also seen as the bellwether of 64-bit Windows computing, a view that is encouraged by Microsoft and echoed by industry analysts. In the server room at least, it appears to be time to leave 32-bit Windows behind.
Naturally, the full story on Windows Server 2008 is still to come. We’ll now begin hearing from the early adopters, and we’ll be getting additional detail from technical analysts as they dive deeper into the new features. One of those features, the Hyper-V virtualization platform (WS08 includes a beta version), won’t arrive in final form for another six months. And Microsoft’s new edition of WS08 for midsize businesses, Windows Essential Business Server (nee Centro), won’t arrive in public beta until midyear.