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 18 June 2005, Vol 8 No. 24

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Microsoft Shares Longhorn Server Details

by Arie Slob

Hello Windows users,

Microsoft Update Site Launched This week, Microsoft senior vice president Bob Muglia discussed details about Longhorn Server in an online chat called "Windows Server Vision."

Muglia noted that Beta 1 of Longhorn Server will ship this summer, just after the Longhorn client Beta 1. During the chat it was announced that there will be a chat about Longhorn Server Beta 1 in August, so it looks like this beta will be made available to the public.

According to Microsoft, Beta 1 of the Longhorn Client is not expected to be made widely available to the public.

Muglia also talked about the possibility that Microsoft would release a "Home" version of Longhorn Server in the future. He noted that currently many people are deploying Windows Small Business Server 2003 in their homes to distribute digital content around their home, and a stripped down version of Longhorn Server would be perfect for this job.

Microsoft officials have been releasing more details on Longhorn Server in the past weeks. They also said that Longhorn Server will be role-based, whereby administrators can choose from around 20 different "profiles" when setting up their server, which will then load only the appropriate components for that profile (profiles such as print-server, Web server, DHCP server, etc.). Officials have also noted that Microsoft has been working on a new error-reporting feature (currently known as Crimson), which reports on system health.

According to Muglia, Longhorn Server also will include Network Access Protection (NAP) security functionality; a new version of Internet Information Services (IIS 7.0); new Terminal Server functionality and cached-storage technology.

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Microsoft Windows Security Bulletin Summary for June, 2005

The security update for June 2005 includes several updates for Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Outlook Express.

Severity Rating: Critical

Severity Rating: Important

Severity Rating: Moderate

Microsoft also published an Exchange update, a Windows and Services for Unix update, and an ISA Server update.


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