We have been running Windows Server 2008 since November 2007 as part of an early adopter programme with Microsoft - and I am very happy with the results.
If you visit the Launch Wave 2008 site you will find quotes from early adopters - including myself. You will also find my quote on some of the banners during the event and on a wrap around the ComputerWorld magazine. Very cool, thanks for the link love Microsoft!
Application compatibility was high, and only a very old plugin needed to be upgraded - in fact we replaced that piece of software with a new product offering better features, so it was all good.
The upgrade back then happened as planned and quickly. Mind you, before upgrading the actual Geekzone server I spent three weeks, with countless upgrade options tested on a virtual machine that was an exact replica of the Geekzone server, thanks to Acronis.
In terms of performance, IIS7 and the server overall did really well. Geekzone readers contacted me to comment how faster they felt the overall site was for them, and I even managed to unblock the Newsgator RSS feed catcher IP address - which was a load the IIS6 couldn't handle before.
The "Launch Wave 2008" goes around the country with events in Christchurch (11th March), Wellington (18th or 19th March) and Auckland (26th March).
And one more thing: if you attend any of the Launch Wave 2008 events you will at the end of the day, upon returning an evaluation form, receive a bag with the following:
. 1 x Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Edition with 1 virtualisation license RTM
. 1 x Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite 90 day trial
. 1 x SQL CTP 6 (Community Technology Preview) plus a SQL RTM (final version) voucher for SQL Standard 1 user
. A 40% discount voucher on a TechNET Plus Single User subscription
. 1 x Service Pack 1 for Windows Vista DVD
Oh, and before anyone says anything: I am paying my own participation in the Wellington event, so there's no free lunch...
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