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blog: WS2008 R2 Active Directory Webcast – Tomorrow, Friday 4/24

Tomorrow Laura Hunter and Brian Desmond will be doing a webcast discussing and premoting the new Active Directory features in Windows Server 2008 R2 as well as answering AD questions. They have a 90 minute slot and they expect to spend ~45-60 minutes on R2 and the remainder taking questions on the presentation and AD in general.

The webcast is hosted by O’Reilly and is free to attend. If you can’t make it, a recording will be available.

Here are the details:

Registration Link - HERE

Date: Friday, April 24, 2009

Time: 10am PT, San Francisco 6pm - London | 1pm - New York | Sat, Apr 25th at 3am - Sydney | Sat, Apr 25th at 2am - Tokyo | Sat, Apr 25th at 1am - Beijing | 10:30pm - Mumbai

Presented by: Brian Desmond, Laura E. Hunter

Duration: Approximately 90 minutes.

Cost: Free

My R2/Win7 Experience

I have now been using Windows 2008 R2 for 2 months and Windows 7 client for about a month (two weeks on my production laptop) and I have to say I am thoroughly impressed. I have beta tested every MS OS since 2000 and this is the first time I can honestly say I am excited.

Lets start with Window 2008 R2.
This OS is rock solid. They could release it now and I think it would fair very well. It has enough of a feature increase it is worth the upgrade. I was impressed with 2008 but R2 simply blows it away. It is quicker and I love the taskbar. I am a bit OCD when it comes to my computer and R2 caters to this quite nicely. I wouldn’t be fooling anyone if I didn’t say I was excited about the native Powershell support, but I think that goes without mention. All and all… it is has exceeded any expectations I had. I haven’t had a chance to play with the advance functionality that was introduced, but I plan to get to that this week.

The client…
All I can say is WOW! I think this is first time MS changed the interface in a way that was simply just better. We all know MS has a way of changing the interface that drives people crazy, but this time the changes are relatively noninvasive and worth the aggravation of learning. They truly help efficiency and finally allow keyboard jockeys to put down the mouse and move seamlessly around the screen and apps with keyboard strokes. Some of the new changes seem trivial and just eye candy, but once you get a hold of the usefulness of the new GUI it will change the way you use your computer. GUI changes aren’t the only thing that is noticeable in Win7, the performance is awesome and everything seems snappier. I haven’t got to use the enterprise usability yet, but I hope to get a beta going at work.

The last thing and this goes for both R2/Win7 is User Account Control (UAC.) This was introduced in Vista and while the idea was good, the execution was… ummmm, less than grand. The new OS’s continue down the UAC path (as they should) but have made the process more intelligent and it doesn’t annoy you as much.

The Future
These products are both Beta1 and I would guess a year or so off, but if the final product is even as good as the beta… it will be awesome. Shortly, I hope to start reviewing all the new Powershell cmdlets (+100) soon.

Perhaps Brain should use Powershell (It is taking over the world)

Just listen to a presentation on what the Cluster team is doing with R2… it is amazing.

Here is a little preview
PowerShell for Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows 2008 R2 Beta Released to Technet and MSDN

Login… download… enjoy!

This is includes Powershell v2 (later build than CTP3) installed by default!

Blog post by Mark Wilson on Win 2008 R2

Mark Wilson has a great blog post on some of the features expected in Win2k8 R2. You can find it HERE.

The bestpart is (of course 😉 )

On the management front: there is a greater emphasis on the command line with improved scripting capabilities with PowerShell 2 and over 200 new cmdlets for server roles as well as power, blade and chassis management – working with vendors to deliver hardware which is compatible with WS-Management – and new command line tools for migration of Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, file and print servers; Server Manager will support remote connections, with a performance counter view and best practices analyzer (similar to the ones which we have seen shipped for server products such as Exchange Server for a few years now); and a new migration portal will expose step-by-step documentation for migration of roles and operating system settings from Windows Server 2003 and 2008 servers to Windows Server 2008 R2.

The depressing part

So, when do we get to use all this Windows Server 2008 R2 goodness? Well, Microsoft is not yet ready to release a beta and, based on previous versions of Windows Server, I would expect to see at least two betas and a couple of CTPs before the release candidates – but the product team is currently not committing to a date – other than to say “early 2010″ (which, incidentally, will be 2 years after Windows Server 2008 shipped).

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