Unexpectedly, Microsoft provided a CTP of Windows Longhorn Server (due to ship in 2007) along with the December CTP of Windows Vista released today. Paul Mooney has the details including that both the Vista and Longhorn CTPs are build 5270 and information on the downloads for the MSDN subscribers and official beta testers:
– Both Vista and Longhorn Server are available in the same image you only need a separate image if you wish to test Longhorn Server Core.
- The initial release is English only, German and Japanese are planned to follow within 2 weeks
The following are available with this release:
Windows Vista (x86 and x64)
Windows Longhorn Server (x86 and x64)
Windows Longhorn Server Core (x86 and x64)
Windows Platform SDK (Available Shortly)
Windows Driver Development Kit
Recall that Longhorn has been redesigned to be modular with the barebones Server Core only having a few services and no GUI. Functionality can be added modularly to perform various specific roles like File Server, Print Server, Web Server, etc. The regular Longhorn Server is similar to today’s server packaging.