Microsoft released the public release candidate of Windows Server 2008 R2 a few days ago. The R2 flavor of Windows Server 2008 can be seen as the server variant of Windows 7 and includes improved support for virtualization and new management tools. This release candidate can be tried out until March 1, 2010. For more information, we refer you to this page with product information and this page where the Windows Server Division blog can be found. The description of this release candidate looks like this:
Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 will be the next version of the Windows Server operating system from Microsoft. Building on the features and capabilities of the current Windows Server 2008 release version, Windows Server 2008 R2 allows you to create solutions that are easier to plan, deploy, and manage than previous versions of Windows Server.
This software is for evaluation and testing purposes. Evaluating any version of Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate software does not require product activation or entering a product key. Any edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate may be installed without activation and evaluated for an initial 30 days. If you need more time to evaluate Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate, the initial 30 day evaluation can be extended to March 1, 2010 (at which time the OS will become inoperable) by entering the product key below for your selected edition.
Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate Product Keys for Evaluation
Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate Enterprise
Product Code : Q7Y83-W4FVQ-6MC6C-6QQTD-TPM88
Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate Standard
Product Code : V4KRB-QDWK2-GVT4X-BV4XG-34TV4
Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate Data Center
Product Code : WXGKX-XXW8X-P8KTJ-PFX7T-DPYYW
Windows Web Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate
Product Code: RBBKH-BVD6B-74FV9-RYPJ7-TCFXB
Download the evaluation version below. Images are ISO formats. Web, Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter editions are available via the same download Windows_Server_2008_R2_RC_EN.iso
Please refer to the Windows Server 2008 R2 RC: Reviewers Guide. We suggest that you print this document before downloading the software.
Please refer to the documents below for further information:
- Installing this Release Candidate of Windows Server 2008 R2
- Release Notes: Important Issues in this Release Candidate of Windows Server 2008 R2
- Things to Know About This Release Candidate of Windows Server 2008 R2
Note that the files below are language-specific, where “EN” is English, “FR” is French, “ES” is Spanish, “DE” is German, “JP” is Japanese. Web, Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter editions are available via the same download Windows_Server_2008_R2_RC_EN.iso – you will be prompted for edition installation at setup.
If you are a TechNet subscriber, please visit the Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate TechNet Subscriber download page.
If you are a MSDN subscriber, please visit the Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate MSDN Subscriber download page.
|Version number||2008 R2 Release Candidate|
|Operating systems||Windows Server 2008|
|License type||Conditions (GNU/BSD/etc.)|