Developers interested in preparing for IIS7 and Orcas will be interested to know that the Release Candidate (RC) build of Windows Server 2008 is now available.
Of course, this release includes an updated version of the .NET Framework 3.5. The core 2.0 runtime bits get updated to version 2.0.50727.1416 so anyone that ran into the problems I blogged about previously may now get some relief if you didn't manage to get hold of the June CTP. I'm running Orcas Beta 2 on this build and I've only encountered one minor problem so far.
When I built an existing project I got these errors:
Error 2 The type or namespace name 'Linq' does not exist in the namespace 'System.Xml' (are you missing an assembly reference?) C:dataprivatecode- My Projectseurodseurods_solutionEuroDSDefault2.aspx.cs 12 18 http://localhost/
Error 3 c:dataprivatecode- My Projectseurodseurods_solutionEuroDSajaxtest.aspx.cs(12): error CS0234: The type or namespace name 'Linq' does not exist in the namespace 'System.Xml' (are you missing an assembly reference?)
Turned out all I needed to do was add a reference to System.Xml.Linq. Maybe that Linq namespace has been refactored into its own assembly in this release.
Very interestingly, with the x64 RC build, you now have the option of taking the Community Technical Preview Release of Microsoft's forthcoming virtualization technology (codename 'Hypervisor') for a test drive. I'm not sure whether my machine supports it or not as apparently it requires something called "hardware-assisted virtualization".