Microsoft Releases Windows Server 2008 Resources for Free Download

Windows Server 2008 may be new, but Microsoft has already released many free resources! 
DEMOS: Windows Server 2008 Release Candidates
NOTE 1: These time-limited Release Candidates will expire on June 30, 2008. Afterwards, you’ll need to uninstall the software or upgrade to a later released or a fully-licensed version.
NOTE 2: KB948472 – How to extend the Windows Server 2008 evaluation period for 240 days.
Administrative Templates (ADMX) for Windows Server 2008 provides the complete set of Administrative templates (ADMX) for Windows Server 2008. Additionally, there is a separate download that includes the ADMX and ADML files for Group Policy preferences.
Group Policy Settings Reference for Windows Server 2008 This spreadsheet lists the policy settings for computer and user configurations included in the Administrative template files (.admx/.adml) delivered with Windows Server 2008. The policy settings included in this spreadsheet cover Windows Server 2008, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Professional, and Windows 2000. You can configure these policy settings when you edit Group Policy objects (GPOs). In addition, this spreadsheet includes the following categories of security policy settings:
    • Account Policies (Password Policy, Account Lockout Policy, and Kerberos Policy)
    • Local Policies (Audit Policy, User Rights Assignment, and Security Options)
    • Event Log
    • Restricted Groups
    • System Services
    • Registry
    • File System policy settings
NOTE: This does not include security settings that exist outside of the Security Settings extension (scecli.dll), such as Wireless Network extension, Public Key Policies, or Software Restriction Policies.  
Multiple Group Policy Preference Side Extensions have been added to the Windows Server 2008 Group Policy Management Console. Group Policy Preferences enable information technology professionals to configure, deploy, and manage operating system and application settings they previously were not able to manage using Group Policy. After you install these updates, your computer will be able to process the new Group Policy Preference extensions.
Starter Group Policy objects (GPOs) are collections of configured Administrative template (.admx) policy settings that you can use to create a live GPO for clients running Windows Vista & Windowws XP SP2 and later.
Windows Server 2008 Security Guide – This Solution Accelerator for the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide includes the following components:
    • Executive Overview. A summary for business and technical managers that briefly explains how you can use the guidance and the tool for this Solution Accelerator.
    • Security Guide. Recommended guidelines and best practices in a series of chapters that offer detailed guidance on how to harden servers running Windows Server 2008 that handle different workloads, including those for Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), DHCP, DNS, Web, File, Print, Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS), Network Policy and Access Services, and Terminal Services.
    • Security Settings Recommendation Appendix. A comprehensive technical reference that explains every prescribed security setting in the security guide.
    • Security Settings Workbook. A resource that lists all prescribed settings for each of the preconfigured security baselines provided by the guide.
    • Attack Surface Reference Workbook. A resource that lists the changes that installed server roles introduce in Windows Server 2008.
    • GPOAccelerator automatically deploys and enforces the security recommendations in the Windows Server 2008 Security Guide via Active Directory.
Command Reference for automating command-line tasks by using batch files or scripting tools.
Core Configurator is a basic GUI configuration utility for Windows Server Core 2008 (Recommended: TechNet)
File Server Migration Toolkit 1.1 offers a step-by-step process, simplifying the task of migrating file services. The FSMT wizards use the Distributed File System (DFS) to maintain Universal Naming Convention (UNC) paths and to simplify the consolidation and migration process to help minimize the impact to users, resulting in a more manageable environment.
FTP 7 service incorporates many new features that enable web authors to publish content better than before, and offers web administrators more security and deployment options. (Support: MSDN)
NOTE: This new FTP service is only for Windows Server 2008 and Internet Information Services 7.0; it will not work on Windows Server 2003 and Internet Information Services 6.0.
Hosts File Manager Tool makes configuration changes to the HOSTS file (add, delete, & edit).
Hyper-V Server 2008 is a stand-alone product virtualization solution allowing organizations to consolidate workloads onto a single physical server. Designed for low utilization infrastructure workloads, departmental applications and simple branch office workloads.
IPsec Diagnostic Tool assists Network administrators with troubleshooting network related IPsec failures.
Microsoft’s Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit is an agentless program that will find computers on a network and perform a detailed inventory of the computers using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), the Remote Registry Service, or the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). (More Info: TechNet, MAP Team Blog)
    • 32-bit (x86) Language Packs: English, German, Japanese, French, Spanish, Chinese Simplified & Traditional, Korean, and Portuguese)
    • amd64 (x64) Language Packs: English, German, Japanese, French, Spanish, Chinese Simplified & Traditional, Korean, and Portuguese)
    • Itanium (ia64) Language Packs: English, German, Japanese, French, Chinese Simplified, Korean (Sorry is you speak: Spanish, Chinese Traditional, or Portuguese)
Remote Server Administration Tools enables remote management of computers running Windows Server 2008 from a computer running Windows Vista or Windows Vista 64-bit Edition.
Search Server 2008 Express: Search doesn’t have to be complicated. You can deliver search solutions to your organization quickly and easily. (Support: MSDN)
    • Search Server 2008 Language Pack (x86 & x64) enables the use of multiple languages without requiring separate installations of Search Server 2008, allowing multiple language pack installations on the same server.
Windows Automated Installation Kit (Windows AIK) is designed to help corporate IT professionals customize and deploy the Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 family of operation systems. By using Windows AIK, you can perform unattended Windows installations, capture Windows images with ImageX, and create Windows PE images.
Windows Help (WinHlp32.exe) is required to display 32-bit Help files that have the ".hlp" file name extension.
Windows NT Backup – Restore Utility restores backups made on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.
Windows Software Developer Kit (SDK) for Windows Server 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 provides documentation, samples, header files, libraries, and tools designed to help you develop Windows applications using both native (Win32) and managed (.NET Framework) technologies. (Support: Windows SDK Team Blog)  
Windows Search 4.0 for Windows Server 2008 & Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition updated search component. (Support: KB940157)
    • 2007 Office System Converter: IFilter Pack will install and register the following formats: .docx, .docm, .pptx, .pptm, .xlsx, .xlsm, .xlsb, .zip, .one, .vdx, .vsd, .vss, .vst, .vdx, .vsx, &  .vtx 
    • Internet Explorer History Add-in indexes the history of the web pages browsed using Internet Explorer. (Support KB918998)
    • Lotus Notes Add-in indexes the content of Lotus Notes e-mail, contacts, calendar items, and journal items
    • Microsoft Network (UNC/FAT) Protocol Handler Add-in indexes shared network directories and FAT drive(s) to easily find specific content. (Support KB918996)
    • Outlook Saved Mail Add-in indexes Outlook’s (.msg file) indexing (.MSG) files including Message Body; Subject; From; From Name; From Address; To Name; To Address; CC Name; CC Address; Doc Title Prefix; Sent Date; Received Date; Primary Date; Conversation ID; Attachment Names and will indicate if an attachment is present within the .MSG. Additionally, content within attachments are indexed and searched.  
Windows Small Business Server 2008 Administrator’s Companion (PDF, 25.4 MB) delivers the details you need to successfully deploy, manage, and support Windows Small Business Server 2008.
Windows Server 2008 Foundation Network Guide provides instructions on how to plan and deploy the core components required for a fully functioning network and a new Active Directory domain in a new forest.
    • DNS Server Global Query Block List
    • Installing Configuring and Troubleshooting the Online Responder
    • What’s New in Failover Clusters
    • What’s New in Terminal Services for Windows Server 2008
Network Shell (Netsh) Technical Reference provides a comprehensive command reference for networking technologies such as Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Network Policy Server (NPS), Network Access Protection (NAP), and Routing and Remote Access Services (RRAS), among many other technologies for which there are netsh commands.
Windows Server 2008 Step-by-Step Guides – These step-by-step guides help IT Professionals learn about and evaluate Windows Server 2008.  
Read Me Files:
Release Notes and Installation Information – important information you should know before deploying and using Windows Server 2008
WALLPAPERS: Windows Server 2008 Unleashed’s IT 24-7 Robot in 4 Action Poses
    • 1920 x 1200 = IT 24-7 Robot Pose A, B, C, D
    • 1600 x 1200 = IT 24-7 Robot Pose A, B, C, D
    • 1600 x 1050 = IT 24-7 Robot Pose A, B, C, D
    • 1440 x 900 = IT 24-7 Robot Pose A, B, C, D
    • 1280 x 1024 = IT 24-7 Robot Pose A, B, C, D
    • 1280 x 960 = IT 24-7 Robot Pose A, B, C, D
    • 1280 x 800 = IT 24-7 Robot Pose A, B, C, D
    • 1024 x 768 = IT 24-7 Robot Pose A, B, C, D
System Center Desktop Wallpaper – a simple clean desktop wallpapers with the familiar System Center logo and "swirl" artwork.

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