I am somewhat surprised that Windows Server 2008 RTM came out before Vista SP1. You might have read my rant against "Windows Vista SP1 RTM", yesterday. In my view, Vista SP1 wasn't "released" yet. I read on several sites that Server 2008 is avaiable for MSDN and Technet subscribers. I just logged on with our account, but I only found the release candidate on MSDN and on Microsoft's sites for Volume Licensing customers it didn't show up at all.
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As expected, only the more privileged can download Windows Server 2008 RTM at the moment. I guess, their subscriptions have to be justified, next might be Volume Licensing customers, and only then comes the evaluation version.
Well, I can certainly wait a few more days. I have been testing the beta of Windows Server 2008 in detail before and I am quite pleased to see how stable it is. We only need the final to start with compatibility testing. I am also curious to see if there is a new beta version of Hyper-V. You probably have heard that Microsoft's new virtualization solution will only come out in 180 days.
I think that Windows Server 2008 adoption will be much faster than with Vista. The reason why Server 2008 came out before Vista SP1 is that drivers are not such an issue for servers. There are simply not as many devices as for desktops and laptops. Hardware compatibility problems were probably the number one reason why many downgraded to XP.
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Software compatibility is also not that problematic for Server 2008. Vista and Server 2008 share the same architecture. Thus, most software vendors should already be prepared. In particular, many of the bigger software companies operating in the server field are supposed to be ready for Server 2008 by now.