So far I'm pretty impressed I must say. No UAC by default and there's a ton of stuff one can enable or disable and that is not just on by default. I got IE7 sorted out so that IE ESC (Enhanced Security Configuration) is turned off...quite interesting to see just how much we normally let onto our systems when it's enabled but a bit of a pain adding everything to trusted sites, especially if one is not fully aware of what they all are.
Enabling aero was a cinch once I got decent drivers for my VGA installed. I see it's possible to enable the sidebar but apart from the clock and the CPU and RAM sidebar items I don't really have a use for it.
Still need to figure how to get rid of that annoying shutdown control screen. I tried gpedit.msc but can't find anything there. Guess I'll just have to dig a bit deeper to remember where I disabled that in Server 2003.
I think I won't have a problem getting ZoneAlarm and NOD32 installed but probably won't get around to doing that until the weekend.
Quite interesting that this includes SP1 and I wonder just how much of Vista SP1? Weird that MS is so tight lipped about Vista SP1 and we are all under NDA and cannot discuss it, but we are free to discuss SP1 in Server 2008.
It's great that the desktop wallpaper still shows Windows Code Name Longhorn