Windows Server Longhorn Standard Beta 3 Escrow Now Available

After reading at that the Longhorn April CTP was available, I logged in to my sweet MSDN account and searched for it. Strangely, I could only find “Longhorn Beta 3 Escrow” which became available on April 9th. I’m guessing that this version is newer than the April CTP but I’m not sure. Anyone know what escrow means in this sense?

Finally, I’l be able to put my awesome x64 servers to use, sorta Since Longhorn won’t be final for awhile, I figure I will use these machines to beta test Longhorn and Exchange 2k7 until Longhorn is RTM’d.

Getting Ready for the Data Center

The above photo was taken late one night as I installed the February CTP onto one of the servers. I used my 32 inch flat screen LCD HDTV as the monitor.. cuz I could. It was cool but ultimately, the install was worthless. The February CTP of Longhorn isn’t compatible with Powershell and thus can’t run Exchange 2007. Ahh well, now I’ve got Beta 3 Escrow. So now to decide which I’ll do Friday night: go to NASA’s World Space Party near Mountain View or install Longhorn & Exchange and play.

Chrissy is a Cloud and Datacenter Management & Data Platform MVP who has worked in IT for over 20 years. She is the creator of the popular SQL PowerShell module dbatools, holds a master's degree in Systems Engineering and is coauthor of Learn dbatools in a Month of Lunches. Chrissy is certified in SQL Server, Linux, SharePoint and network security. You can follow her on Twitter at @cl.

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4 comments on “Windows Server Longhorn Standard Beta 3 Escrow Now Available
  1. Harold says:

    Go to the party. You will find time to play later.

  2. Chrissy says:

    I ended up doing neither.. Crazy story that night, I almost ended up in the ER. I had this light blue bruise looking thing covering my legs and thought I was suffering from some cardiovascular problem. Ultimately, I figured out it was some new dark jeans I bought that stained my legs.

    But I’m installing Longhorn & Exchange today ;)

  3. Mike says:


    I just downloaded Windows Server Longhorn Standard Beta 3 Escrow, also.

    I think Escrow means that it is still CTP but nearly Beta 3!

    I had problems installing any version of exchange in the Feb CTP so hoping now i can be more successful. Do you think i should be able to set this up with DC and even CRM?

  4. Chrissy says:

    Hey Mike,
    Thanks for the info, that makes sense!

    Yeah, I totally think it will be able to be a DC and CRM. Getting longhorn to install on the ESX Eval has been pure hell.. so I didn’t get a chance to install it yet but I finally have a plan. I’ll likely be installing it sometime next week.

    I went to the Penton Longhorn Roadshow last week and I’m really excited about a lot of the new features. You should check it out if they come to your town.

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