Beta test Centro / Cougar , SBS server based on Longhorn ( windows 2008 ) and SCE   39 comments

The Centro / cougar Beta is a new SBS server with system Center Essentials and based on windows 2008 ( langhorn )
 
I think this could be a nice beta all the new stuff in one server, real SBS fun like the old times.
no I think there are a lot of SBS clients that wil use SBS/ SCE and they will have more once they have seen SCE.
and what about a top tear SCOM 2007 that is monitoring 100 SCE servers with 1 to 30 servers that is a 3000 server enviroment. ( not on SBS self but if you use a SCE server 30 member servers and one SBS not best practice )
how is that for a SBS site. I think there is a real money maker here. and don’t say this will not work 😉 24×7 sbs monitoring
 
I’m a huge fan of SCE but I can’t wait till the next release of SCE all the things it is on the edge. if the SCCP express version is in SCE R2 and the max server is on 50 then there is a huge market for this. IMHO
 
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/sbs/evaluation/faq/roadmap.mspx
 
 
 
how about the beta ? yes there is a beta but the first thing is :
Will you be able to make three x64 systems and at least 2 client machines available to install and test Centro ?
 

Windows Server "Centro" Technical Beta and Technology Adopter Programme

Microsoft are shipping a private beta of its upcoming 64-bit server product for midsize businesses, codenamed "Centro. The server, which is an x64-only version of Longhorn targeted at smaller enterprises will integrate together Exchange 2007, System Centre Essentials, SQL Server 2005 and ISA Server.

We are urgently looking for Partners to give us feedback on Windows Server “Centro”. If you have a partner who is willing to test some next generation technology then please ask them to sign up to the Beta.

Centro will provide IT professionals in midsize businesses with simplified, guided installation across multiple servers, using a single administration console that will provide a unified view of the network. That will include providing consolidated alerts and automated wizards. Centro, which is due out in 2008, will also provide integrated license reporting aimed at making it easier for IT professionals to track the licenses used in their company.

How Partners sign up to the Beta:

Go to http://connect.microsoft.com, click on Invitations sign in with their Windows Live ID (Passport ID) and enter the following invite ID; Extr-GHBC-JCJM. They will be asked to take a short Survey. Once they complete the survey they should look for an email from MsftConn@microsoft.com. If you don’t already trust this address, please add it to your trusted email addresses.

Centro will provide IT professionals in midsize businesses with simplified, guided installation across multiple servers, using a single administration console that will provide a unified view of the network. That will include providing consolidated alerts and automated wizards. Centro, which is due out in 2008, will also provide integrated license reporting aimed at making it easier for IT professionals to track the licenses used in their organization.

Meanwhile, the company also released a limited community technology preview (CTP) of Windows Server "Cougar," which is planned to be the next major release of Small Business Server. Like Centro, Cougar is slated for release in 2008.

It will also be available in x64-only form, and will integrate Longhorn, Exchange Server 2007, Windows SharePoint Services, System Center Essentials, SQL Server and ISA Server

 
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Posted May 24, 2007 by Robert Smit [MVP] in OpsMgr 2007

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