Microsoft Readies Betas of Vail and Aurora Servers

Microsoft Readies Betas of Vail and Aurora Servers


July 9, 2010

Microsoft's two low-end Windows Server releases — known as 'Vail' and 'Aurora' may be available in beta as early as next week. This ZDNET report claims that Microsoft is readying new beta builds for the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference.


"Vail is the next release of Windows Home Server. Aurora is a small business server based largely on the same code base as Vail. (There’s also a common framework, some kind of 'client computer connector,' that extends across the two products, that is codenamed “Colorado.”)

"A Community Technology Preview test build of Vail leaked to the Web earlier this year. At that time, the 'Aurora' codename became known, though the actual Aurora code didn’t leak (as far as I know). In April, Microsoft released a first public beta of Vail, but didn’t deliver a public test build of Aurora.

"So what’s the difference between Vail and Aurora? And how does Aurora fit in with Windows Small Business Server, the next version of which (expected to be based on the Windows Server 2008 R2 code) has gotten little to no public mention in recent months?"

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