Below are the follow-up questions & answers from the Thursday, November 8, 2007, webcast “Windows Server 2008 Technical Overview, Part 2 of 2” (http://www.msreadiness.com/CourseDetail.aspx?id=6737). To download the PowerPoint presentation, please visit BOB Wired at: http://oem.microsoft.com/bobwired. Look for BOB Decks: US System Builder Webcast Slide Decks to find a link to a number of BOB Team documents.
Q: Will Windows Server Virtualization cost extra?
A: Windows Server Virtualization will be included with Windows Server 2008 as a role that you can choose to install—it will not cost extra.
Q: For the new version of Terminal Services Gateway using RDP over secure HTTP, does this require an SSL certificate?
A: Yes, either a self-signed or 3rd party certificate can be used.
Q: When will the RDP 6.1 client be available?
A: The client is included with the Windows Server 2008 RC0 release, which is available now.
Q: What is the difference between SoftGrid & Terminal Services RemoteApp?
A: The primary difference is where the actual application code runs. With SoftGird, the application binaries are streamed to the client and run locally in a “sandbox” environment. With RemoteApp, the application runs remotely on the centralize Terminal Server machine.
Q: Will SoftGrid support 32-bit applications running on a 64-bit Windows Vista machine?
Q: Is an application running using SoftGrid recognizable to an end user as being “different”?
A: No, the experience is seamless for the user.
Q: Is Network Access Protection available without ISA Server?
Q: How is the “IT-defined health policy” defined/updated?
A: Once the Network Policy and Access Services role has been installed on a Windows Server 2008 machine, NAP can be managed using Server Manager. For more detailed webcasts on NAP, please see http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/windowsserver2008.aspx?tab=webcasts&id=42529.
Q: How does Network Access Protection interact with anti-virus products?
A: Anti-virus products will need to include a Security Health Agent that can report its status when the client computer is determining its Statement of Health. For a current list of partners and descriptions of how their products integrate with NAP, see http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/partners/nappartners.mspx.
Q: In your Network Access Protection example, you used at least 4 different servers. In smaller businesses, can the NPS, Policy Server, Remediation Server and Corporate network all exist on fewer boxes?
A: In order to segregate network access into a “restricted” segment and a “full access” segment, at least two physical servers will be required for your NAP deployment.
Q: How will Windows Essential Business Server differ from the upcoming Windows Small Business Server code named “Cougar”?
A: Windows SBS is specifically targeted at small businesses having up to 75 users. Windows Essential Business Server is a more comprehensive solution targeted at mid-market businesses having between 50 and 250 users.
Q: Will there be a significant difference in the licensing of the Windows Server 2008 family?
A: Pricing and licensing information is not available at this time and will be announced in the future.
Q: Where can I find more information about Terminal Services Easy Print?
A: Please see http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/terminal-services/default.mspx and register for the upcoming webcast at http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/WebCastEventDetails.aspx?EventID=1032355422&EventCategory=4&culture=en-US&CountryCode=US.