Windows "Longhorn" Server Beta 3 Ships!!!

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Windows "Longhorn" Server Beta 3 shipped a little while ago (a couple hours or so ago) and we got the special opportunity to capture the last three sign-offs on the ship process (lots of people have to sign off on a release this big before it ships). Not many outsiders get to bring a video camera into Windows Ship Room, but we're not outsiders! Plus, Iain is a friend of ours.

Here, we chat with Iain McDonald, Director, Windows Server Team and Alex Hinrichs, the guy who rules the LHS Ship Room. We chat about the key new ingredients in our next server OS and take a small tour of the campus en route to Building 26 (Windows Planet) from building 43 (Windows Moon). 

It's always fun to talk to Iain. He's one of those personalities at Microsoft that make it fun to work here. He's also a long time veteran of shipping Windows.

This is a big day for Windows Server. Congratulations to all involved with making and testing it out in the real world.

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    BluePhaze
    Congrats guys! Awesome job on hitting this HUGE milestone!
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    raymond
    Congratulations.

    Real Cool Video!

    Cool
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    Munkie
    I liked the walk through the campus, that was really nice to see.  I think it gave a nice glimps of what it would be like to work at Microsoft; although it seemed most of the time you were filming the ceiling/sky and I couldn't see anything!

    Was cool to see the sign off process/party.
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    Charles
    Munkie wrote:
    I liked the walk through the campus, that was really nice to see.  I think it gave a nice glimps of what it would be like to work at Microsoft; although it seemed most of the time you were filming the ceiling/sky and I couldn't see anything!

    Was cool to see the sign off process/party.


    It's not easy to walk and talk and carry a video camera Smiley

    Glad you liked it! Was fun to shoot!
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    j0217995
    How do you get into the beta program for this?
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    Secret​Software
    This is exciting news. VS Orcas beta 1, and now Longhorn server beta 3.

    MS just rocks!.

    Very good and realistic video. The walk through the campus was really good! transparency cannot get any better than this!


    Very good work Longhorn Server Team!

    Congratulations!

    Live Long, and Prosper \\//_.[A]


    Can we get some screen shots of Beta 3?Cool

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    Charles
    We'll be walking around campus (and places around the world) this Summer. With the Earth moving closer to the Sun, Transparency increases Smiley

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    Cyonix
    Congratulations!

    Great video
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    cain
    Great video.  Any chance that we might get to see the final signoffs of the RTM version? Smiley
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    Massif
    Love the huge diagram in the background when you start talking to Alex.

    My ears perked up when you mentioned NAP as it consistently gets killed by Data Execution Prevention every time my Vista laptop starts.

    Geekiest ceremony ever, kinda needs some sort of huge altar and a mystical product key. You would never sign off on a software product like that in a film.

    Good video, you may need a bigger launch room.
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    Bas
    "I was over there a lot recently, for Windows Vista interviews."

    Does this, pray, have anything to do with that thread that has been a sticky in the coffeehouse for a while now? If so, sounds good...



    Am I going crazy, or did somebody at the end of the video really mention something about a guy who has a golden toilet in his office?
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    mig
    WOW congrats!

    And thanks once again for bringing us an inside look at something so important as release shipping!
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    RamblingGeek​UK
    Great News. I'm acutally looking more forward to SBS 2007/8 so the quicker Longer Horn Ships the sooner SBS 2007/8 will ship. Smiley

    I've downloaded this morning and tried to installed (all previous betas have installed OK) on VPC2007 and I get the following error.

    Windows cannot open the required file D:\Sources\Install.wim. The file may be corrupt or missing. Make sure all files required for installation are avaiable, and restart the installation. Error code: 0x80070570. Sad
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    swiatecki
    Weee Big Smile

    Congrats guys Tongue Out
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    iain
    Thanks for the nice comments folks - as you can imagine many people are pretty pumped about this.

    I love the comment about a larger room - thats the room we used for war room (oops we had to change the name to ship room...) forever going back at least to nt4. So there is a little history in there & it is one of the biggest rooms on campus. 

    as for the setup error - it sounds like your copy was not correct - some of the files are missing.

    as for getting the beta - go to http://www.microsoft.com/getbeta3

    /i
    p.s. yes a bloke named scott graf has a bunch of golden things in his office because he was obsessed with gold member form the austin powers films. That & he used to roller skate around in gold shorts.
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    Bas
    iain wrote:
    p.s. yes a bloke named scott graf has a bunch of golden things in his office because he was obsessed with gold member form the austin powers films. That & he used to roller skate around in gold shorts.


    Microsoft must be a magical place to work at. Tongue Out
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    littleguru
    Great video guys! The walk around the campus was great Smiley
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    corydeppen
    Very interesting video, especially the Bud Light in the middle of the table. That's the last thing I expected to see in a conference room on the MS campus, but I'm sure it was well deserved after the long hours leading up to the sign-off.
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    earnshaw
    Making Windows Codename "Longhorn" Server must have been a management nightmare.  And a whole lot of work.  So, congratulations on finally coming to the end of a long journey. 

    I'm a little puzzled to know how this Server operating system differs materially from and is better than its predecesor, Windows 2003 Server.   Can someone point me to the relevant PowerPoint presentation?  Thanks.

    Well, we do know that there is a non-GUI option that cuts out redundant software to permit deployment of key technologies without inadvertently turning on infection vectors.

    What else?

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