Too busy to play new stuffs for a while. In Japan people work like crazy...

Just got the latest Windows 2008 Server RC1 installed inside VMWare Workstation. the install speed was fast and there was only a few input parameters needed in the front of installation, pretty smooth.

After installed the base components, I was wondering where the built-in PowerShell is but didn't found it at first. Later knew that it's a optional feature and had to install it via "Server Manager" -> Features ...

Also if you want to have Vita-like UI, remember also to add Desktop Experience feature (refer to this post). by doing that when you are changing windows theme, there will be Vista theme on it. but you won't see this option if you are setting it by terminal service to your windows 2008 server. can only see the theme on console.

IIS7 was also a non-default feature and needed to be installed separately (via the same "Features" place) .

Upon the Windows 2008 Server base, I installed RTM Visual Studio 2008 Team Suite. and now my new playing sandbox is done. although still got some problems on the new Windows Firewall with Advanced Security settings. Seems Firewall settings on Vista and new Windows 2008 are not very intuitive...