Here are some posts that talk about Windows Longhorn, or, Windows Server 2008.
Longhorn Server to be christened Windows Server 2008 Microsoft slipped up and posted a webpage with a link named Windows Server 2008 Reviewers Guide that took you to the Longhorn Server Beta 3 reviewer’s guide, Microsoft has already changed the link and has said we don’t comment on rumor or speculation.
Viridian features update; beta planned for Longhorn RTM Last month Microsoft adjusted the public beta milestone for Windows Server virtualization. Now that the beta will be available with the RTM of Longhorn, they will be able to help drive broad ecosystem support for virtualization. This will allow a broad group of customers and partners to test workloads and applications on a pre-production version of Windows Server virtualization with the final version of Longhorn. And the corresponding version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager will be available 60-90 days afterward for customers to test deployment and migrations.
Blast from the past The road to Longhorn: A Hobbit’s tale It must be a little like trudging your furry feet all the way from the Shire to Mordor, only to see that big damn gate manned by a thousand orcs who look like Paul Venezia after a hard night drinking. You’re filled with despair, like that sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach after writing about little else besides Vista this and Vista that for the last six months, only to realize that I’m sitting down in my well-worn lab chair, about to install Beta 3 of Longhorn.
Test Center Tracker: Longhorn 3′s got beef A meaty OS serving: InfoWorld Chief Technologist has sliced into Beta 3 of Microsoft’s long-awaited Longhorn and found plenty to chew on. Major advances center on PowerScript, Microsoft’s .Net command-line shell, which is accompanied by utilities that enable robust administration from the PowerShell command line or via text-only connections.
Web page exposes Longhorn’s final branding After managing to keep the final name of Windows Server Longhorn under wraps for months now, a Microsoft employee accidentally let the cat out of the bag earlier today.
Interesting post about Microsoft backing off on their statements that they are releasing Windows Longhorn Server and Windows Vista SP1 at the same time. In November of last year, Bob Muglia, a senior vice president for server and tools at Microsoft, said that Windows Server Longhorn and Windows Vista Service Pack 1 would ship “simultaneously.” This would make lots of sense because it is one source code base for both products. But, when asked, Microsoft has backed away from this statement.
Windows Server is the nucleus of Microsoft’s enterprise strategy, around which all other products?even Windows client?revolve. Longhorn’s eventual release, which Microsoft claims will be later this year, will likely set off major software upgrades, including Office 2007 and Windows Vista.
The release date of either or both products is important to Microsoft and its customers. There is a huge opportunity for Microsoft if the Big Bang theory proves to be true. If there is a delay in the offing, Microsoft wouldn’t want to say. Businesses testing for Vista deployments might forestall the process.
Then there is the enormous impact on other products. Many IT organizations will choose to take one bitter pill, coordinated Exchange Server 2007, Longhorn Server, Office 2007 and Vista deployments around the same time, rather than many pills over time. Hence, the Big Bang, and all contingent on answering the question “When?” Source: Microsoft’s ‘Big Bang’ Is When?
Now they say it is too early to really give a release date for Vista’s service pack 1, etc, etc, I figure, if it is going to be later than that, they won’t tell until the last moment anyway, they don’t want those shops that are testing Windows Vista to stop what they are doing. I never really did agree with doing a bunch of critical apps all at once, they only upside is you aren’t constantly updating everyone’s computer with software rollouts of the new stuff, but it just seems crazy to do Exchange, the Domain servers, the clients at the same time, sounds like you are asking for trouble.
Microsoft has released a new Remote Desktop Connection 6.0 client, one that helps you use the new Terminal services features, that are introduced in Windows Vista and Windows Longhorn server, or whatever it is going to be called. They released clients for Windows XP 32 and 64 bit, and Windows 2003 32 and 64 bit. Some of the new features include Network Level Authentication, Server authentication, Resource redirection, Terminal Services Gateway (TS Gateway) servers, TS Remote Programs, Monitor spanning, and some Visual improvements.
Network Level Authentication is a new authentication method that finishes user authentication before you establish a full Remote Desktop Connection and the logon screen appears.
The advantages of using Network Level Authentication are as follows: It requires fewer remote computer resources at first. The remote computer uses a limited number of resources before it authenticates the user. In earlier versions, the remote computer starts a full Remote Desktop Connection.
It uses remote computer authentication that helps protect users from connecting to remote computers that are set up for malicious purposes.
To verify that a computer is running a version of Remote Desktop with Network Level Authentication, follow these steps:1. Click Start, click All Programs, click Accessories, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.
2. Click the icon that is in the upper-left corner of the Remote Desktop Connection dialog box, and then click About.
3. Make sure that the phrase “Network Level Authentication supported” appears. Source: Microsoft
Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) provides a way to use any new Terminal Services features introduced in Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Windows Server Code Name ?Longhorn? from a computer running Microsoft Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1.
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Microsoft could be looking to take on Linux in the server appliance market, releasing a Windows Longhorn based low end server, to support a few users and not require client access licenses. The server could possibly allow up to five users to connect to it and not require the CAL’s, and it is intended for small businesses.
Microsoft will take on Linux in the appliance market with an entry-level “Longhorn” Windows Server that will support a small number of users but requires no client access licenses, channel sources say.
The planned Windows Server OS appliance, code-named Fresno, will be bundled by OEMs and system builders and is targeted for availability in 2007 as part of the Longhorn server lineup.
The Longhorn appliance, with software and hardware included, will be priced at less than $1,000, several sources said. The software is slated to be available only to OEMs and system builders and cost a few hundred dollars. Source: CRN
Oracle has said it is going into the server appliance business as well, using a modified version of Red Hat and the Oracle application stack. VMWare has also announced a virtual appliance marketplace using Red Hat and their application stack. One can be sure, if Microsoft is going after it, then there will be bunches of money involved somehow.
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Today Microsoft announced the Microsoft Software Protection Platform, which are new technologies to help Microsoft fight piracy, that will arrive in Windows Vista and Windows Server, Longhorn, my nickname in college. j/k The technology includes improvements in how they validate software, activate software and how the software acts when tampering or hacking is detected.
PressPass: What is the scope of the piracy problem around the world for the software industry?
Hartje: Piracy is one of the most significant problems facing the software industry globally. According to a report published by the Business Software Alliance a leading software industry forum 35 percent of all software installed worldwide during 2005 was pirated or unlicensed. That represents US$35 billion of industry losses in 2005 alone. While larger companies can still operate in the black, this piracy rate has a significant impact on the thousands of smaller organizations, from software publishers to software and PC resellers, that depend on the health of the software ecosystem to survive.
The only assumption that is wrong with this is that everyone who installes pirated software would buy it if they didn’t have an illegal copy. No way is this even close to being true. When I was younger and could not afford software, it didn’t bother me to try out stuff that I wouldn’t be able to buy anyway, and I’m sure most people are the same way. Now that I am older I buy everything I want to use, because I can afford it. What Microsoft and these other companies need to watch are the ones who install illegal software on systems that they sell, and are making a profit on pirated software. I’m not saying they should over look the normal user, but saying that all software piracy cost the industry 35 billion is crazy.
One of the things the Software Protection Platform enables is enhancements to the genuine experience in Windows Vista, thereby differentiating it from the non-genuine experience. Customers that use genuine Windows Vista product should expect, and will get, an enhanced set of features that will not work on non-genuine or unlicensed versions of Windows Vista. Customers using genuine and licensed copies of Windows Vista will have access to Windows Aero and Windows ReadyBoost features, as well as full functionality of Windows Defender and extra optional updates from Windows Update. Computer systems that do not pass validation will not have access to these features, although they will still have access to critical security updates. Aero offers Microsoft’s best-designed, highest-performing desktop experience and is available in Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Business and Windows Vista Ultimate. ReadyBoost lets users use a removable flash memory device to improve system performance without opening the computer to install additional memory. Both are key features that a user of non-genuine software will quickly realize are not running. Windows Defender helps protect a user’s PC against pop-ups, and security threats caused by spyware and other malware.
At least they will still allow users to get the critical patches not matter what, those users that are not patched hurt everyone, not just themselves, as they can become part of a botnet, or help spread viruses, and lord knows what else.
Ed Bott of the Microsoft Report weighs in here, he has documented many, many problems with Windows Genuine Advantage, the precursor to these new technologies.
My head practically exploded when I read this sentence describing the new, improved punishment regimen: “Windows Vista will have a reduced functionality mode but one that is enhanced.” Enhanced reduced functionality? Orwell would be proud.
The most chilling part of SPP is its new code to detect tampering. As Lindeman explained to me, “If the Software Protection Platform determines that the core binaries of your system have been hacked with, you will get a notification that operating system has been tampered with. Reinstallation is the remedy.” And the clock starts ticking immediately. When an anti-tampering warning first appears, you have three days to reinstall or otherwise fix your copy of Windows Vista or shift into reduced functionality mode.
That last part is pretty scary, three days? What is someone’s machine is hacked, Microsoft is going to protect them by going into reduced functionality mode. Sounds like the volume licensing is really going to be a pain in the butt, what is the reason everyone should upgrade to Vista, isn’t it supposed to make everyone’s lives easier and not just line Microsoft’s pocket?
He reports in another post about WGA validation problems with Windows XP and volume license keys, which are used by pirates when they can get them because they didn’t require validation.
This week, the WGA Validation Problems forum is awash in reports from customers in corporations and at universities that volume license keys (VLKs) are suddenly being reported as blocked.
The problem was the result of an issue on the Microsoft server side, and it is under investigation
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The delayed release of the client version of Windows Vista will not affect the release of the server version.
The latest delay of Windows Vista has no impact on the ship date for Windows Server “Longhorn,” the server version of the operating system, according to Microsoft.
“The timing for the final release of Windows Server ‘Longhorn’ remains 2007,” a Microsoft representative said in a statement Tuesday. “Several broad test releases…are planned with the first being available to customers later this spring.”
Only time will tell I guess.
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Microsoft has been talking up it’s security on the upcoming Longhorn server, saying a couple features such as a self healing file system and an automatic patch check system. The self healing file system will take care of things such as bad sectors, and even cpu’s with a high number of self correcting errors, but really all it is is some of the desk checking utilites, such as chkdsk and defrag will be running in the background.
One of the new features is “secure-at-install,” which is designed to help secure new installations of the operating system in specific server roles. When a new server is installed as a terminal server or file server, for example, the system will automatically find and apply security updates that apply to a particular role, Microsoft said.
NAP, or network access protection, will also be included int he server OS, which will let users perform a check on PCs connecting to their network and block clients that don’t meet rules, such as the latest patches and virus signatures.
At an unspecified time after it releases Longhorn Server, Microsoft plans to add a Security Token Service, or STS, to Active Directory. This new service is to extend capabilities Microsoft plans to offer with Active Directory Federation Services, or ADFS, which is set to ship with Windows Server 2003 R2.
Previous Next ADFS lets users create trust relationships with other Active Directory users and enable authentication across corporate boundaries. STS will offer extended federation and privacy support, and integrated resource discovery and management, among other features, Microsoft said.
STS also will support InfoCard, a code name for a new Microsoft technology designed to provide secure storage for identity information that will be shared with online services such as Web stores.
They also made WinFx available, which is designed to make it easy for developers to use some of the security features in Windows, meaning they would no longer have to write the code for dealing with identity and access.
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