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    Windows 2003 or Windows 2008 based on my server specs & needs...

    Hello,
    I have a network of 13 workstation clients (WinXP SP-2 PRO) and a server with the following specs:
    Intel Pentium 4 640 (Prescott Hyper-Threading) 3.2GHZ FSB800MHZ 2MB L2 Cache (Not multi-core CPU!!)
    DDR 2GB 400MHZ Dual Channel (PC3200 200MHZ)
    300GB HD
    ATI Radeon X330/X550/X1050

    I want to setup a Domain and so I have to choose from the following two operating systems to install in this server:
    Windows 2003 Standard R2 DSP License
    Windows 2008 Standard Sngl OLP NL GOVT (Government License)

    From my previous experiences, I know that Windows 2003 will work perfectly on the above setup:

    Windows 2003 Requirements
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/w.../bb430827.aspx

    But the Windows 2008 government license is far better than the Windows 2003 DSP which can only be used for one PC/Server. (It gets tied to the motherboard & CPU, where as government license can be carried to the next server in case I buy a new one in the future)

    I checked the Windows 2008 system requirements and it should work fine on my server:
    Windows 2008 Requirements
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/wind.../cc196364.aspx

    But I know that these requirements by Microsoft are never accurate and since I have never actually seen it in action I can’t judge how well it would work on my specific server. (My CPU is not Multi-core)
    The services I’m interested in installing are: Active Directory / Domain Controller (With 13 Domain users), DNS service, DHCP service (The Server will give Internet to the Domain PCs via the DSL/Router) & File Sharing service. (Possibly even setting up a VPN tunnel via the DSL / Router in the future to connect to another workgroup via the Internet)

    So based on my setup and needs, how well would I expect Windows 2008 Standard to work on my server? I would rather avoid upgrading the hardware at the moment, but I don’t want a slow/jerky server & Domain either!
    Should I get Windows 2003 Standard R2 instead?

    Any suggestions will be highly appreciated.
    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by retroborg; 05-08-2008 at 08:26 AM.

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    Re: Windows 2003 or Windows 2008 based on my server specs & needs...

    I checked this Windows 2008 Server Hardware Compatibility list:
    http://blogs.msdn.com/nickmac/archiv...-2008-x64.aspx
    http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/...PGS=25&ready=0

    How ever, my Server mother board: “ABIT AG8 Motherboard”
    I can't even find it in the compatibility list?!

    I checked the ABIT Driver site and there are no Windows 2008 Server drivers available by ABIT!
    http://www.abit.com.tw/page/en/downl...ET_TYPE=LGA775

    Does this mean that it will not work at all with Windows 2008 Server?
    Will the current Windows 2003 Server drivers work with Windows 2008 Server?

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    Re: Windows 2003 or Windows 2008 based on my server specs & needs...

    Is this a home server? If so how can you get a GOVT? If its not a home server then why not just get a propper server from HP or Dell?
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    Re: Windows 2003 or Windows 2008 based on my server specs & needs...

    server 2k8 uses the same code base as vista - so if it works with vista , there is a pretty good chance that it'll work with 2k8.

    you could alwasy just install the core version of 2k8 if those are the only services you want to run.
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    you can use it free for 30 days. Give it a go first.
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    Re: Windows 2003 or Windows 2008 based on my server specs & needs...

    and you where doing so well untill you mentioned getting an illegal copy of windows....
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