"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."
Longhorn migration will be more than a technology upgrade — it will affect IT staff skills and knowledge, as well as the way employees work. President Roosevelt’s words are sound advice for organizations adopting any new platform — it’s never too soon to plan to reduce the cost of continual change.
What We Have
The beta release date for Longhorn Server has been extended, and the definition of the contents has changed. That gives IT pros an opportunity to focus on near-term changes and plan a more successful (or maybe less painful) infrastructure upgrade path. Consider Microsoft Corp.’s product cycle and what smaller bites the IT team can chew, such as Longhorn Client beta and Release 2.
Where We Are
In the Microsoft product cycle, Windows Server 2003 is no longer new technology. Companies intending to install Windows XP Service Pack 2 likely have done so and determined how to get the most from its functionality (see "What You Need to Know about Windows XP SP2"). The Longhorn client is due this year, and a Longhorn Server beta release is possible in the second half of the year.
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It looks like the beta is coming soon, this article is kinda exciting.