As of today Microsoft has released the consumer preview of Windows 8.
There are several downloads for Windows 8 available at this time. Here’s an overview of the different kinds.
Windows 8 “Workstation” (All kinds of languages available)
Windows 8 “Server”
Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Guide for Business
Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Consumer Preview
Windows 8 Server Virtual Hard Disk (pre-installed)
Windows 8 Server Install, Deploy and Migrate documentation
Have fun downloading and remember if you have the Developer preview installed you cannot upgrade. You have to do a clean install.
Also this version doesn’t require a license key but will expire as of March 2013.
I’ve downloaded and installed Windows 8 Server (Windows preview developer) from the MSDN site and it installed quite quickly (about 25 min). The look and feel is very different with the tiles als start menu. But “behind the scenes” is the well known explorer. The server manager has a new interface and lay-out and looks very nice. It’s a improvement on the server manager we know from Windows 2008R2 but it is intuitive. Here’s a screenshot of the new lay-out. Continue reading “Windows 8 server (Windows preview developer)”