Today Microsoft announced the availability of Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 SP2 beta. The beta will be available for MSDN and TechNet subscribers on Tuesday, December 2 via the TechNet and MSDN download sites. On Thursday, December 4, Microsoft will make SP2 available to the broad public via TechNet.
Here is a list of improvements users can expect from Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista SP2.
- Inclusion of Microsoft’s Hyper-V technology for Server
- Backwards compatibility with Terminal Services licensing keys
- Better manageability features with DFS/FRS console, and Storage Resource Manager (i.e.: Quota Filter and File Screening Filter)
- Improved error reporting in DFSR to help identify incorrectly configured deployments which lead to failed replication
- Updated power policy driving significant Power Management improvements
- Inclusion of Windows Search 4.0 for improved indexing performance, broader indexing scenario inclusion, as well as new Group Policy integration for Windows Search
- Integration of the Windows Vista Feature Pack for Wireless which contains Bluetooth v2.1 support, the most recent specification for Bluetooth wireless technology
- Some graphics enhancement to reduce glitches when streaming high def content with specific hardware configurations
- Setup & Deployment improvements to detect incompatible drivers blocking service pack installations
- Provides a Service Pack Cleanup tool which helps restore the hard disk space by permanently deleting previous versions of files updated by SP2
- Performance improvements when resuming from hibernate where a wireless connection is no longer available
- Power Management improvements
- Print Server and Spooler performance improvements for printers in Windows Vista and Server 2008