Microsoft's Revised Windows Server 2003 Update Timeline

Microsoft has once again updated their timeframes for Windows Server 2003 updates. It now looks like Windows Server 2003 SP1 will be 1H 2005 and R2 will be 2006.

Microsoft has once again updated their timeframes for Windows Server 2003 updates. It now looks like Windows Server 2003 SP1 will be 1H 2005 and R2 will be 2006.

Windows 2003 Service Pack 1, which will include a few small enhancements to Terminal Services as well as support for AMD's 64-bit Opteron processors has been pushed to next year.

The "R2" release of Windows Server 2003 that will include all sorts of enhancements including an HTTPS proxy for RDP has been pushed back to late 2005 or early 2006.

Microsoft didn't make any official comment on Longhorn dates, although I think it's safe to say that will be 2007 at the earliest.

So, what's all this mean for Bear Paw version of Terminal Services? My personal opinion was that it would be released as part of R2 in early 2005. Andrew Lees (Microsoft VP for Server Marketing) told Steven Bink that a ship vehicle has not yet been decided for Bear Paw, and that it all depends on milestones that are not yet set. (source)

My personal opinion is that I'm not sure I believe that Microsoft has to wait for R2 to release Bear Paw. Citrix's biggest protector with regards to Microsoft was Bob Kruger, but he's no longer with Citrix. However, I don't think this alone means that Microsoft is going to suddenly release Bear Paw. Honestly, they have a ton of work to do to get Terminal Server ready for Longhorn, so they might not spend any time on Bear Paw and only release it as part of Longhorn. The bottom line is that I have no idea when (or if) Bear Paw will be released. I would say (a) 1H 2005 as a standalone at the earliest, (b) most likely as part of R2 in 2006, or perhaps (c) waiting as long as Longhorn.

Anyway, the following chart lays out everything as I know it. This is valid as of August 2, 2004.

Feature Est. Date Previous Estimate
Windows 2003 SP1 Q1 2005 Q3 2004
Windows 2003 "R2" Q1 2006 1H 2005
Longhorn 2007 at least 2006-2007
Bear Paw ? R2 or Longhorn ? (2006-2007) R2 1H 2005

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This message was originally posted by an anonymous visitor on August 2, 2004
Most of the noise about Bear Paw is coming from Brian. Even though he says Citrix is upset with him about it, I don't think that's the case. All this ultimate Bear Paw stuff really does is scare off the smaller companies that might compete against Citrix. "Don't enter this market," says Brian, "Bear Paw will kill you!" Now coincedentally, Bear Paw just happens to be "delayed" another year or so, buying Citrix even more time in the sun. I think Citrix and Brian are good buddies after all.
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This message was originally posted by an anonymous visitor on August 2, 2004
Update: Sasquatch returned to Earth by UFO, hired by Microsoft to get Bear Paw out the door in Q4, I mean Q1, I mean....

Your BLOG is a f'n gossip column at best! I'm sure most CxO's rely on this G2 to make informed purchasing decision.

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This message was originally posted by an anonymous visitor on August 2, 2004
Brian, forgot about Citrix & MS "what-if, maybe, we think so... bla???
Spend your time on The Windows Registry in Terminal Server Environments (Part 2 of 3). This what we perfer to read. Thx.
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This message was originally posted by an anonymous visitor on August 3, 2004
I like reading about what's going on. I don't have the time to spend talking to these people (I'm in a different country anyhoo) nor do I have the time to trawl through vast tranches of data to hear interesting things.

Keep up the good work, Brian! I love all your info!
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This message was originally posted by an anonymous visitor on August 3, 2004
Spoke with the lead Terminal Services developers from Redmond recently at a large MS event, and they were convinced that the 2003 SP 1 with the updates for Terminal Services would be out this Summer (without an on-time SP1 release we dont get an on-time SP2 release, and Bear Paw, etc...). In fact, they took delight in the knowledge that they would be soon defining the direction of server based computing. Sparse, albeit interesting event sessions on TS stated this as well.
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This message was originally posted by an anonymous visitor on August 3, 2004
Gossip is great, keep it comin'.
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