So this morning at 5:50AM PST Vista SP1 and Windows Server 2008 were released to manufacturing. Over the next few weeks and months you will see them become available through OEM and Volume license channels, retail channels and Windows Update (SP1 only). Our team will be out on the road soon with the Heroes Happen Here launch event where we will discuss and demo how to start using some of the new technologies today, in your current environment.
Now with the RTM, the big question you might have is where can I get it NOW! It is exciting anytime a new OS is released and I have some good news! If you are a TechNet or MSDN you can download it right now. Just login to the subscriber downloads section and start downloading. In an effort to keep the servers online and responsive they are staging the publishing. If you recall the RTM of Vista going up on those sites the servers had difficulty keeping up with demand so this time it is being staged.
As of right now you can download the Windows Server 2008 Standard/Enterprise/Datacenter (including Core Server) x64 from the TechNet and MSDN subscriber portal. There is also a document outlining the publishing timetable for the x86 and Itanium builds.
Don't have TechNet? Well you can still get it and you can even still take advantage of the 20% offer we posted a while ago. Head on over to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/subscriptions/default.aspx and use the following promo code TNPROMO5 to get your subscription!
Get downloading and share your experiences! We would love to hear from you, how your testing is going and what you are using it for!