Reviews and Problems with Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard
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Value for money 2
14 December 2013
Summary: Inferior in just about every way to Linux. Free yourself. Save yourself $699. If you are in a situation where you are forced to use windows, get 2012. Even though the interface is even lamer, it will remain supported longer.
Excerpt: Definitely a major improvement over 2003, and even the R1 version of Windows Server 2008. It may take a while getting used to, but every server administrator should think about switching to this edition, especially if they are using the older 2003 version.
Pros: Several improvements over the 2003 edition, starting with the server management console. The system installation has been improved significantly, scrapping certain previously installed services that can still be installed later. It also works in full 32-bit as opposed to 16/32 for 2003, making the whole process a lot faster on modern CPUs. The boot sequence is also different than the one found in the 2003 edition, but the change is certainly for the better as well. Th...
Cons: New configuration and services may cause some initial problems for those used to the previous version of Windows Server. Hyper-V is only available in the 64-bit version.
Pros: If you are looking for a Microsoft Platform, Windows 2008 R2 is an improved version of 2003 Server. Also, this was the best price I found with high recommendations and I can see why. As a consultant, we are always on the lookout for good pricing combined with great service and I plan on purchasing all of my future software needs here.
Excerpt: Windows 2008 is a worthy successor to Windows 2003. It installs faster than any previous version of Win Server and is not as complicated to configure and set up. Installation took less than an hour. On a new server, Windows Server runs rings around our old sever.
Pros: Strong and sturdy operating system for hosting files, SQL databases, and active directory.