This email links to some of the information available to help you understand, prepare for and leverage Windows Server 2008 and associated technologies in educational environments.
Windows Server 2008 - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/default.mspx
The starting point to obtain information on Windows Server 2008 and related technologies.
Windows Server 2008 Product Overview - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/evaluation/overview.mspx
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is the next generation of the Windows Server operating system that helps information technology (IT) professionals maximize control over their infrastructure while providing unprecedented availability and management capabilities, leading to a significantly more secure, reliable, and robust server environment than ever before. Windows Server 2008 delivers new value to organizations by ensuring all users regardless of location are able to get the full complement of services from the network. Windows Server 2008 also provides deep insight into the operating system and diagnostic capabilities to allow administrators to spend more time adding business value.
Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 Evaluation - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/audsel.mspx
Microsoft® Windows® Software Development Kit (SDK) for Windows Server code name “Longhorn” and .NET Framework 3.5 - http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=58726ACA-8D84-4683-8959-BE0038DA7084&displaylang=en
Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 provides developers with the most secure, flexible and connected web and applications platform, reducing the time to craft high-performing, standards-compliant applications and make network services available remotely.
The .NET Show: Windows Server "Longhorn" - http://msdn.microsoft.com/theshow/episode.aspx?xml=theshow/en/Episode058/manifest.xml
Julius Sinkevicius and Volker Will explain some of the new features of Windows Server "Longhorn".
Visual Studio Code Name "Orcas" Downloads - http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/aa700831.aspx
Get an early look at Visual Studio code name "Orcas"
The next version of Visual Studio, Microsoft® Visual Studio® code name “Orcas”, will provide an industry-leading developer experience for Windows Vista, the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and the Web. In addition, it will continue in the Microsoft tradition of development language innovation.
For IT Pros:
What's New in Active Directory Domain Services in Windows Server "Longhorn" - http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/library/eccfec5b-86c6-4b19-8b70-1aad0403d1df1033.mspx
In Windows Server® Code Name "Longhorn", organizations can use Active Directory® Domain Services (AD DS) to manage users and resources, such as computers, printers, or applications, on a network. AD DS includes many new features that are not available in previous versions of Windows Server Active Directory. These new features make it possible for organizations to deploy AD DS more simply and securely and to administer it more efficiently.
Windows PowerShell: Now Part of Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/powershell.mspx
Microsoft Windows PowerShell is a new command-line shell and scripting language that helps IT professionals achieve greater productivity and control system administration more easily. Windows PowerShell does not require you to migrate your existing scripts, and it is ideally suited for automation of new Windows Server 2008 features.
Server Core Installation of Windows Server 2008 - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/servercore.mspx
The Server Core installation option of the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 operating system is a new option for installing Windows Server 2008. A Server Core installation provides a minimal environment for running specific server roles that reduces the maintenance and management requirements and the attack surface for those server roles.
Step into a New Windows Server 2008 Virtual Lab for Free - http://www.microsoft.com/technet/traincert/virtuallab/longhorn.mspx
Come experience the next major release of Windows Server! In these Virtual Labs, you'll have the opportunity to test-drive new and improved features and functionality in the upcoming Windows Server 2008 release, including management, network protection and improvements to Terminal Services.
Webcasts and more:
Windows Server 2008 Webcasts - http://www.microsoft.com/events/series/windowsserver2008.aspx?tab=webcasts
Prepare yourself for the next release of Microsoft’s server operating system—Windows Server 2008. Tune in and learn how you can leverage the new features to improve your organization's networking infrastructure and security, server performance and reliability, remote resource access, and client deployment. Subject matter experts break down what these upgrades mean for your environment and how to take advantage of them.
Introducing Windows Server 2008 by Mitch Tulloch with the Microsoft Windows Server Team (ISBN: 9780735624214) - http://www.microsoft.com/MSPress/books/11163.aspx
Preview and evaluate the latest features, capabilities, and improvements to Windows Server 2008. The e-book includes coverage of usage scenarios, Windows Server virtualization, configuration and management, server roles, and the core installation, plus pointers to additional resources.
Microsoft Windows PowerShell Step by Step by Ed Wilson (ISBN: 9780735623958) - http://www.microsoft.com/MSPress/books/10329.aspx
Learn Microsoft Windows PowerShell with hands-on instruction from a leading Microsoft scripting trainer. This guide features self-paced labs, timesaving tips, and sample scripts. The e-book includes an overview of PowerShell, how to use cmdlets, and how to leverage PowerShell providers.