CTP of Windows Server Code Name “Centro”

A while ago I blogged about Centro (Join Centro Beta, Centro Beta), a sort of Microsoft Midsize Business Server, for organizations with less than 250 PCs in their environment.

Now, Kevin Beares from Microsoft is announcing the availability of the Community Technical Preview (CTP) of Windows Server code Name “Centro”.

?Centro? is built on Windows Server 2008 and provides an integrated server and management system for midsize businesses.  The CTP includes many new Windows Server 2008 Beta 3 based components, as well as updates to the server applications that shipped in ?Centro? Beta 1 (updated versions of System Center Essentials 2007, Exchange Server 2007 and ISA, as well as new updates to setup, Active Directory domain join functionality and a host of other improvements). 

To install Windows Server ?Centro?, you need three physical servers and the associated network hardware. Ideally, the servers should be configured identically, although this is not a requirement. The minimum hardware requirements are as follows:

  • 64-bit (x64) processor
  • 60 GB hard-disk drive
  • 2 GB RAM Management Server (4 GB recommended)
  • 2 GB RAM Messaging Server (4 GB recommended)
  • 2 GB RAM Edge Server
  • DVD-ROM drive
  • 1 network adapter (2 in the Edge Server)

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