I was at the Toronto launch event. The keynote was done by Microsoft COO Kevin Turner. No hopping up and down, no chairs being thrown, no sweaty pits
Server 2008 has some cool new features. One of which is called Server Core. If you install this, you get the same as logging into a system with just X and TWM installed, you get a basic screen and a command prompt. They were running this in a 512MB virtual machine for the demos. It ran quite well, they set it up as a read only domain controller. Running dcpromo did not take that long and the system seemed pretty speedy (the VM was running on a Server 2008 hyper V system that was a quad core system with 32 GB RAM). The read only DC is a great new thing too. Configure and send one of these out to a branch office and no one can dick around with it.
They gave us lunch (turkey wrap, banana, cookie and drink) and a copy of server 2008, visual studio 2008 and a beta of SQL 2008.
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