As a Microsoft partner www.thefullcircle.com specialising in Audit, Collaboration, and Cloud solutions using the Microsoft stack we keep up to date with the latest developments in this space. One development that could be very significant for Microsoft virtualisation is Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1, and we’ve been using this since early beta’s over 6 months ago. We started testing this back in June 2010 (see http://blog.thefullcircle.com/2010/07/22/hyper-v-r2-sp1-beta-testing-dynamic-memory/) and now it’s ready for general release.
This fortnight saw the Release to Manufacturing of Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and Windows 7 SP1. SP1 will be made generally available for download on 22 February
Update 23rd Feb – Windows Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1 is ready with new virtualization tools, web resources, management enhancements, and Windows 7 integration. You can also evaluate the SP1 edition with the Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 trial. Also, see the Service Pack 1 evaluation resources
So a quick check of the ‘New Downloads’ section of the MSDN download site, and sure enough it was published for MSDN subscribers and partners a couple of days ago on the 16th.
First issue you may face is which file to download, as when I counted there were 13 different files with Service Pack 1 in their name inc. some slipstreamed media for various Windows Server 2008 builds.
But for most that will be the top of the list at time of writing:
1.90GB!!??!! that’s almost the size of the original product!, however the download contains 3 versions for x86 (Win7), x64 (Win7 & WS2008), plus Itanium
Its as easy a 1-2-3… or is it!?
Screen clipping taken: 18/02/2011 22:22
on Windows 7 a little different splash screen