Microsoft announces Windows Server 2008 R2. Again.

Today is the big day — Windows Server 2008 R2 is generally available at last.

Please, take a moment to acknowledge this release.  No, really.  I mean, if Microsoft thinks there is a single person left in the free world that hasn’t heard about R2 and free Live Migration, they might be forced to produce another wave of announcements.

They may even resort to Tupperware-style home launch parties for the server next time.  Have the neighbors bring blade servers over for that one — you know, power and cooling issues in the living room.

If you count beta and RC releases, this thing seems like it has been announced a dozen times already this year.  And considering that they’ve been doing battle against VMware with those unreleased products all along, counting them would not be unfair — especially considering the fanfare that accompanied each pre-release.

We’ve got it.  It’s here, it has free Live Migration, and it’s super fun.  According to some reports, R2 has even been known to whiten teeth and freshen breath.

So, please, acknowledge the release of R2 today.  Do it for the children.

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10 comments

  1. roflmao’s avatar

    What are you talking about? Stop kidding please 😉
    HV Server R2 was released before, go get it w’ free LM

  2. Steven Ruby’s avatar

    ok i laughed (for the record i didnt laugh out loud though, i hate that little acronym)

  3. Stu Fox’s avatar

    Is this like when VMware announced VSphere several times before shipping it?

    You should follow Stephen Herrods example: “Congrats to MS on shipping Hyper-V R2. Competition aside, system sw of this scope is hard work and something to be proud of.”

    1. Eric Gray’s avatar

      Looks like Doug Barney has a similar point of view on the announcements (BTW, he loves Windows 7):

      http://redmondmag.com/Blogs/Doug-Barney/2009/10/My-Take-on-Windows-7.aspx

    2. NiTRo’s avatar

      In france, we got the worst : http://hypervisor.free.fr/W7.jpg
      Translation : I’m a PC and Windows 7 was my idea
      😀

    3. Alberto’s avatar

      @ Stu – sure, but what about you guys? Are you planning to follow Steve’s example?

    4. Stu Fox’s avatar

      @Alberto – the only person I have any influence over is me. And I like to think that I have a positive approach. I can’t speak for anyone else.

    5. NiTRo’s avatar

      “this time it’s gonna be different, trust me” : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AtvloPFYocw

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