Server OS Recommendation

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by rustydusty1717, Apr 1, 2011.

  1. rustydusty1717

    rustydusty1717 MDL Novice

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    Currently running Ubuntu 10.10 server with Virtualbox headless. Works alright, but the overhead of virtulization isn't working for me. ESXi will not work with my box and VMware Server doesn't seem appealing. I'm now looking into just running a Windows server OS on the machine. Not sure what to choose though. Use the box for media sharing, file sharing, game server, WAMP stack, etc. Would 2008 Server R2 be sufficient? If so, where do I snag a copy. Obviously I am not paying for a copy as this is just for a home server. Any help is greatly appreciated.
     
  2. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    Strange question!

    Does the M$ top end server product be sufficient for mere home use?

    Most likely, in fact probably even XP Pro would do what you want

    Read the stickies, learn something in the process

    sebus
     
  3. zahnoo

    zahnoo MDL Senior Member

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  4. jlgager

    jlgager MDL Developer

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    Also you could just use windows 7 and use a apache server mysql and php package and share the folders you need over the network with the sharing tab under properties and then on all the other computers just map a network drive to those folders
     
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  5. zephxiii

    zephxiii MDL Novice

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    As for using XP or 7 as a server, 7 would be better by the higher "session" (logged on users) limit (20 vs. 10 in XP). It also has newer better SMB (me thinks).

    IMO Going with 2008 R2 server (standard) is really only going to be worth it if you make use of what roles 2008 can serve etc. Like DHCP, DNS, Domain Controller, WSUS, exchange (though separate excluding SBS), Hyper-V, Remote desktop gateway etc.
     
  6. rustydusty1717

    rustydusty1717 MDL Novice

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    Well I got 2008 Server R2 installed and all that, and I do plan on using it for a lot more than just a few of my own servers. I manage a domain at work so I am planning on setting up a domain at home for testing purpose basically. Now I'm on the Windows "evalution". My question is, which key would I use in the Server 2008 keys thread? This computer is a custom computer, not a generic store bought.

    Specs:

    M3N78-VM Asus MB
    AMD Athlon 64 X2, 3115 MHz (15.5 x 201) 6000+
    nVIDIA GeForce 8200, AMD Hammer
    System Memory 7936 MB (DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM)
    DIMM1: SuperTalent SUPERTALENT02 2 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-15 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-10 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz)
    DIMM2: SuperTalent SUPERTALENT02 2 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-15 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-10 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz)
    DIMM3: SuperTalent SUPERTALENT02 2 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-15 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-10 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz)
    DIMM4: SuperTalent SUPERTALENT02 2 GB DDR2-800 DDR2 SDRAM (5-5-5-15 @ 400 MHz) (4-4-4-10 @ 266 MHz) (3-3-3-8 @ 200 MHz)
    NVIDIA nForce RAID Controller - 676GB in Mirror
     
  7. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    Same principle as Win 7 activation.

    Slic 2.1 in BIOS (or loader) + matching certificate + SLP OEM key for the installed version = offline activated system

    If you manage domain at work, then you should have no problem reading a bit here & learn something new

    sebus
     
  8. rustydusty1717

    rustydusty1717 MDL Novice

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    Thanks for the fantastic help.