windows-server-2008-r2-logo With all this excitement on the Windows 7 RTM release date, I almost forgot that Microsoft released a second OS to manufacturing, Windows Server 2008 R2. I somehow assumed that the release date would be the same because Windows Server 2008 R2 basically is Windows 7 Server even though Microsoft's management decided against this name. I suppose they deeply regret this decision by now considering the enormous buzz around Windows 7.

Of course, a desktop OS always gets more attention than a server OS, simply because more people are using it. However, there is no doubt about it that Windows Server 2008 R2 is in the shade of Windows 7. This is certainly not justified because it comes with quite a few interesting new features. In my view, Windows Server 2008 R2 could be even more important for businesses than Windows 7. Windows Server 2008 R2 has at least one absolute killer feature. It is Hyper-V 2.0 with its new Live Migration feature. By the way, Hyper-V Server 2.0, Microsoft's bare-metal virtualization solution, also RTMed.

Okay, enough babbling. You wanted to know about the Windows Server 2008 R2 RTM release date. At least when it comes to the number of release dates Windows Server 2008 R2 is a worthy comrade-in-arms with Windows 7:

TechNet subscribers: : August 14 in English, French, German, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish; remaining languages August 21

MSDN subscribers: August 14 in English, French, German, Japanese, Italian, and Spanish; remaining languages August 21

Volume Licensing Customers with Software Assurance: August 19

Volume Licensing Customers without Software Assurance: September 1

Evaluation version: August 20, 180 day evaluation

OEMs: in English and all Language Packs on July 29, remaining languages on August 11

Microsoft Partner Program (MPP) Portal: August 19

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