differences between windows server 2003 sp1 and windows server 200

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Greg, Mar 1, 2006.

  1. Greg

    Greg Guest

    Hello all,

    We are just starting the process to upgrade from 2000 to 2003. The question
    that I had is, "Would it make more sense to use Windows server 2003 R2 at
    this point?". What are the key differences with Windows server 2003 R2 as
    opposed to Windows server 2003 SP1? Is it just features? Why use R2? Is R2
    basically "Windows server 2003 SP2"?

    Any documentation that explains the differences between the two would be of
    great help.

    Thanks for your help.


    Greg, Mar 1, 2006
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  2. Jabez Gan [MVP], Mar 2, 2006
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  3. Greg

    Greg Guest

    Thanks Jabez,

    I actually saw this article online and I was looking at. However, I was
    wondering "What exactly is Windows server 2003 R2"? Is is much different from
    Windows Server 2003 SP1? Is it similar in style and function to Windows XP
    SP1 to SP2?

    Basically, is this an upgrade to Windows server 2003 SP1 or is it the new
    recommended platform when installing Windows server 2003?

    Thanks for your help.

    Take care,

    Greg, Mar 2, 2006
  4. Hi Greg,

    Well, R2 introduces new features to Windows Server 2003 SP1. It's not
    something like SP1 to SP2 (SP stands for Service Pack). R2 unofficially
    stands for "Release 2".

    We compare R2 with WinServer 2003 SP1 like Win98 and Win98SE <g> Or maybe we

    R2 adds new features, no bug fixes to 2003 SP1. Every other things are the

    If you think you need to use the additional features of R2, then go get it.
    Otherwise you will be good if you just get WinServer 2003 SP1.

    Jabez Gan [MVP]
    Microsoft MVP: Windows Server
    MSBLOG: http://msblog.resdev.net
    Jabez Gan [MVP], Mar 2, 2006
  5. Greg

    Greg Guest

    Hello Jabez,

    Thanks for your help in clarifying this.

    Take care.

    Greg, Mar 3, 2006
  6. Jabez Gan [MVP], Mar 4, 2006
  7. I'm afraid not, at the moment (and in the near future). You will need a new
    Jabez Gan [MVP], Mar 16, 2006
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