Server Manager is a new feature in Windows Server 2008 that guides administrators through the process of installing, configuring, and managing Windows Server 2008 roles and features. In addition to roles and features that are included with Windows Server 2008 by default, Server Manager enables integration of additional roles and features that are available on the Microsoft Download Center and Windows Update Web sites as optional updates to Windows Server 2008. One role that will be available as an update is Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 1 (WSUS 3.0 SP1). An update will also be released that enables full integration of WSUS 3.0 SP1 into Server Manager. This update allows installation, configuration, and management of WSUS 3.0 SP1 by using the Server Manager console and wizards.
To test the Server Manager update and obtain customer feedback, Microsoft offers a four-week Beta program for this update, starting November 2, 2007 on the Microsoft Connect site. By participating in the Beta program, you have the opportunity to try the new WSUS 3.0 SP1 role with full Server Manager integration, and provide feedback directly to the Server Manager teams. If you are interested in participating, the download is available at http://connect.microsoft.com/windows/Downloads/DownloadDetails.aspx?DownloadID=9315. For more information or questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.