Service Pack 1 RC Now Available for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2

The release candidate (RC) version of Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 can now be downloaded.

Microsoft issued the RC today (downloadable here), which represents the final test version before product release. Much of the details about SP1 were earlier described when Microsoft announced the beta version at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference event in July.

SP1 contains an update rollup, but no new features for Windows 7 users. Instead, there are two new virtualization features for Windows Server 2008 R2. The "dynamic memory" and "RemoteFX" features are something that IT pros and larger organizations might consider using, but might be overkill for smaller shops.

The dynamic memory function allows users to pool the memory available on hardware and allocate it dynamically to virtual machines as needed. It helps extract more efficiency from server farms when using server virtualization. This feature is supported on the Standard and Web editions of Windows Server 2008 R2.

The RemoteFX capability will enable a better graphics experience on thin-client devices when users connect remotely with servers to enable desktop virtualization. It works with Microsoft's Remote Desktop Services core virtualization technology in Windows Server 2008 R2. With RemoteFX in place, Microsoft promises the ability to tap into three-dimensional graphics (such as AutoCAD) and streaming video via thin-client devices.

For those awaiting the final SP1 product, it's expected to arrive sometime "during first quarter 2011," according to a Microsoft blog.

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Kurt Mackie is online news editor for the 1105 Enterprise Computing Group.

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Tue, Nov 2, 2010 chris Canberra Australia

As a large (10,000 seat) Govt enterprise we are half way through migrating to Win7 with some Vista rollouts last year. The big issues for us are application upgrades for XP clients - as always for migrations - and printers. We have thousands of print queues and hundreds of printer models and had to re-engineer the printing solution based on Server 2008 R2 after printing was dying early this year. No new features in SP1 - please please fix the explorer file search!!!

Fri, Oct 29, 2010 Ken Sacramento, CA

Many companies wait till SP1 for any OS to arrive before implementing. We are on the other hand early adopters. Anyone who is using XP still needs to move forward before its end of life date, those who are using Vista need to run, run like the wind to Win7 64bit. If you were dragging your feet because of compatibility with some BS legacy app, your still out of luck and need to find a new one of recode you homegrown apps.

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