Windows Server 2008 Domain Re-Directs To Apple

A solution provider in Florida that owns the domain name has re-directed the URL to Apple's online store, where visitors are greeted by a giant image of the recently unveiled MacBook Air.

On Wednesday, the enthusiast blog Inside Microsoft reported the odd development and suggested that the domain had been bought by a Mac fan and re-directed to in order to embarrass Microsoft.

However, on its webpage, domain owner Symmetry Technical Consultants of Coral Gables, Fla., actually lists itself as a Microsoft Certified partner, which is the second highest designation within the vendor's channel program. ChannelWeb couldn't find any mention of Apple products on the Symmetry's Website.

Symmetry, which offers a variety of desktop support, networking, managed services, connectivity, and software support services, registered in October 2006 and owns the rights to the domain until October.

The prank has reportedly been causing quite a stir within Microsoft, although ChannelWeb was unable to reach company officials for comment.

Earlier this month, sources told CRN that Windows Server 2008 had reached the final stages of testing, and Microsoft is expected to release it to manufacturing prior to next month's Feb. 27 launch event in Los Angeles.

Early reports from channel partners that have been testing release candidates of Windows Server 2008 have been glowing, as a result of features like virtualization, Network Access Protection, Internet Information Services 7.0, Server Core, Bitlocker, Terminal Services, and improvements to Active Directory.


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