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February 1, 2006

Windows Server 2003 R2 hits General Availability

Posted by David Hunter at 8:18 PM ET.

Released to manufacturing on Dec. 6, 2005, Windows Server 2003 R2 is now generally available. Peter Galli at eWeek:

Microsoft’s long-awaited Windows Server 2003 R2, the update to Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1, is finally generally available, the company said on Feb. 1.

Microsoft customers will now be able to buy Windows Server 2003 R2 pre-installed on hardware through companies such as Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM, and Microsoft’s enterprise Software Assurance customers will get their Windows Server 2003 R2 updates in the near future.

Julius Sinkevicius at the Windows Server Division Weblog has more:

Today we reached the General Availability milestone and you should now be able to get R2 (in English) from wherever you get your software. I just checked a few online software vendors and have already seen the R2 listings, so you can order it today. If you are a Software Assurance or Enterprise Agreement customer, you can expect to see R2 on this month’s CD shipment. Availability for languages other than English should be coming in the next few weeks, depending on the language, as we do not release all the different localized versions at the same time.

Also available today is some new *free* R2 e-learning. We now have virtual hands-on labs covering the three new major areas of R2: branch office, identity management, and storage management. In total, there are 3 labs covering 19 different lessons. The labs are available here and complement the R2 Clinic that was released to the web last week.

Hit the links for more details.

Filed under OS - Server, Windows Server 2003 R2

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