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Server 2008 WDK Arrives

The latest version of the WDK, this one supporting operating system platforms through Windows Server 2008, has been released.  This release is concurrent with the release of Windows Server 2008 to manufacturing.

You can download the WDK free by joining Microsoft Connect.  You'll find the instructions here. It'll also show up (eventually) in your MSDN subscripion.

Remember, our prayers have been (at least partially) answered and the WDK folks have once again separated the useful, technical, content (the WDK, including the docs, build environment, headers, and libs) from the goofy, annoying, testing-oriented content (the WLK).  So, you won't have to download 2GB of SQL-related animal waste in order to be able to build drivers with the latest version of the kit.  The WDK download is a "lean" 635MB.

This new kit includes the usual updates to the build environments and documentation (but you've been updating your docs all along, haven't you??) as well as V1.7 of both KMDF and UMDF.  This new version of the Frameworks includes numerous bug fixes as well as a number of new samples.  Probably the most important thing for UMDF is that V1.7 now will install and work on Windows Server 2003 SP1.

Now that the Server 2008 WDK has been released, word has it that the WDK gnomes are already working on the next version, scheduled for release with Windows 7.  I hear rumours there's at least one feature in the Win7 WDK release that's been long requested by the community.  But, what it is I'm not saying.  At least not yet.


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"Download problem"
When I tried to download the Windows server 2008 DDK i found the following msg displayed and was unable to download the DDK "Reminder: You must accept the enclosed License Terms in order to use this software. You cannot distribute download packages. "

could anyone help me to solve this

09-Oct-08, TARA Ali

"The Connect site for WDK is no longer available"
Just to let people know, it appears that the Connect site for the WDK is no longer available.

MSDN Subscription holders are able to get the latest WDK through their subscription downloads page. Rather than being in the SDK/DDK section, it's hidden under the Windows 2008 operating system downloads.

Also note that the WDF co-installers are missing from the Windows 2008 WDK. There's a readme file that points to the Connect site for the download, but of course that's not much good at the moment.

I've made a request to Microsoft to reinstate that part of the Connect site, so (with any luck) it'll reappear at some point in the near future.

28-May-08, Jamie Anderson

"Its been pulled"
Is it just me or is this still not available ? As of 4/3 there is just a placeholder on MSDN saying "check back after 3/15")

03-Apr-08, rod widdowson

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