Windows Server 2008 RC1

The ship is nearing the dock!!! Today we shipped RC1 out to the community which is is a major milestone. We might need another RC before we get to RTM but the quality bar for this release has been pretty high.

Another nice aspect is that you will be able to upgrade from Windows Server 2008 Beta 3, RC0 and RC1 to RTM.

The main download point is at 

however if you want to quick links you can go to

Windows Server 2008 Standard RC1 (x86 and x64)

Windows Server 2008 Enterprise RC1 (x86 and x64)

Windows Server 2008 Datacenter RC1 (x86 and x64)

Windows Web Server 2008 RC1 (x86 and x64)

Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems RC1

I guess the most disappointing thing for me is that we missed getting the .NET Framework 3.5 ( only .NET Framework 2.0 and 3.0SP1 ) onto the DVD, which means that applications which are developed to take advantage of the new features in 3.5 such as LINQ will have to install the .NET Framework 3.5 on the server after install.

One thing that the press release did not state was the amazing effort that ISV partners have been putting into building applications which support Windows Server 2008 over the past year+ through early adopter programs. This is the piece that I am most proud of. Everyone of the ISV partner and developers that I have met love this new platform.

Comments (8)

  1. neilhut says:

    I have had comments from some people in the community that they are having problems downloading the Datacenter and Itanium releases of the software. I am working with the teams now to resolve this issue. Stay tunned.

  2. neilhut says:

    Just spoken to the dev team and they are working on the code propigation as we speak. As soon as I know more, I will update the post.

  3. neilhut says:

    The updates are all available now.

  4. vasr says:

    Visual Studio 2008 will not install on Server 2008 Hyper-V Vista 64bit gust OS.  VS2008 installed without issues on a Vista 64 guest OS for RC0 – Hyper-V CTP.  Any ideas on how to get it to install?  The omstaller says install failed and Windows Update comes up and says an imortant update is needed.  Install fails.  I tried it twice to no avail.  

    Previously I heard issues where VS2008 wouldn’t install on a Vista 64 with SP1 beta on it due to conflicting versions of the .Net 3.5 framework, but I am not using Vista SP1.  Only change is Server 2008 RC1 and the new Hyper-V release.

    Any ideas?


  5. vasr says:

    Sorry for the typos in the previous post.  It appears that the VS2008 installation issue centers on the MS Visual Studio Web Authoring components (first component that is installed in the VS2008 install).  The installer prompts for a restart and if not aknowledged it causes the setup to fail.  If one restarts, you will then once again be prompted for restart again when the installation of the Web Authoring component continues.  If one cancels the restart the component completes install and then setup will install the rest of the components.

  6. Tom says:

    I had a similar problem with VS2008 and the Web Authoring components. In the end I had to reintall vista 🙁

  7. We are getting pretty close to shipping Windows Server 2008. If you have not done already, please download