Looking (Way) Ahead to Longhorn ServerBy Channel Insider Staff | Print
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There won't be just one Longhorn Server. Instead, partners say Microsoft will offer nearly a dozen customizable variants.While 2007 is still a long way off, Microsoft is making headway (at least on slide decks) with Longhorn Server, according to the Redmond software maker's partners.
Before the Windows Server team can dedicate itself exclusively to Longhorn Server, it needs to roll out several other new releases, including Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1; the 64-bit and Compute Cluster versions of Windows Server 2003; and Windows Server 2003 "R2."
That explains why Microsoft isn't talking publicly about Longhorn Server, beyond the broad-brush overview provided by senior vice president Bob Muglia back in May.
Microsoft also has said next to nothing about how it plans to license Longhorn Server. What is known is that Microsoft is working to make Longhorn Server a low-footprint product. Microsoft is planning to do this by allowing users to install only those services necessary for a particular "role."
Microsoft publicly discussed this concept of roles for the first time at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference in May.
Roles are good for more than just reduced footprints. Roles also will reduce the potential Windows Server attack surface, thus shoring up system security. And they are, by nature, easier to patch, as not all patches will be needed by every kind of server, Microsoft officials are telling partners.
According to partners, Longhorn Server users will be able to order, deploy and manage each of their Longhorn Servers as any one of the following:
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