The new Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta can be downloaded from here: Windows Server 2008 R2 Beta. The downloads are .EXE files that will extract to an ISO.
The above link will be active for a limited time.
Our TechNet subscription has the downloads available to us too:
TechNet Plus Subscription Downloads for Win2K8 R2 Beta
Note that there are only x64 flavours available!
Now that we are seeing the death of the x86 OS on the server side, it is only a matter of time before the desktop OSs follow suit. Windows 7 is obviously not there:
Windows 7 Beta Downloads including x86
Some reading of interest:
- Sander has a run through on installing Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core here: How to install Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 Beta. Sander also explains how to set up a bootable Server 2008 R2 x64 Beta USB flash drive. That definitely looks to be a neat feature as data transfer rates via USB 2.0 will be a lot better than via a DVD optical drive.
- Rodney explains how to create a “bootable” Windows 7 VHD.
BTW, the feedback on Windows 7 from various sources is really quite positive so far. Microsoft may indeed have a winner here!
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*All Mac on SBS posts will not be written on a Mac until we replace our now missing iMac!