Together with the very public release of Windows 8, Microsoft released Windows Server 8.
Earlier this year I attended TechEd North America, and asked the Microsoft people about a "Windows Server Next", but nobody could say anything. Actually most of the answers were like "I don't know anything about a new Windows Server version.". On the other hand there were a lot about SQL Server "Denali" and Visual Studio Next. The three products usually are released in a new major version rather close together.
But now the preview for Windows Server 8 is here. I got mine from my MSDN subscription. It is not general available like the Windows 8 desktop edition.
Installing Windows Server 8 on vmware was quite simple and without challenges. The installation was done on vmware workstation 8 as Windows 8 the other day.
I installed the full version. Windows Core I will take a look at another time. Especially when I have figured out how to install SQL Server "Denali" on Windows Server 8.
After the initial installation when the system started for the first time, I took a quick look at the used storage.
Installing SQL Server 2008 R2 (Enterprise Edition x64) requires some .NET and Windows Installer.
After the installation, a little more store is used.
The new Start design I am working on getting used to.
BTW - When I activated Windows Update, there were 13 critical updates for Windows Server Preview.