Microsoft Releases Longhorn

Microsoft has announced the release of Windows Server Longhorn Beta 3 - the server equivalent of Windows Vista. It also announced the availability of the IIS7 Go Live license, which will allow customers to host web applications and .NET 3.0 web services on Beta 3 in live production environments.

Beta 1 of Longhorn Server was released on July 27, 2005. Beta 2 was announced and released on May 23, 2006, and Beta 3 was released just now.

"As they take it for a test drive, our customers and partners will find that we've made some vast improvements in Windows Server "Longhorn", which will help them reduce costs and adapt to changing business needs," says Pallavi Kathuria, director, server business group, Microsoft. "Between early adopter customers and Microsoft  IT, we already have hundreds of servers running in production environments today, and benefiting from the increased security and control offered by Windows Server 'Longhorn'.''

To help IT professionals improve the availability, reliability and performance of their infrastructure, Windows Server "Longhorn" includes failover clustering, dynamic partitioning and auto-tuning networking features to automatically manage system resources and help ensure that customers have uninterrupted and optimised access to their company network.

Sources said that while the server supports x64 (64 bit) and x86 (32 bit) processors, and will be optimised for high workload scenarios like database server and line of business applications, it is not optimised to be used as a file or media server.

It is built from the same code base as Windows Vista; therefore, it shares much of the same architecture and functionality. As the code base is common, it automatically benefits from most of the technical, security, management and administrative such as improved rewritten networking stack image-based installation, deployment and recovery; improved diagnostics, monitoring, event logging and reporting tools; better security features such as Bitlocker, ASLR, windows firewall, and the core kernel, memory and file system improvements.

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