Migration path from Windows Server 2003 to 2008? Which edition should we get?

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Spin, Jul 21, 2009.

  1. Spin

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    I have started working for a small web-hosting company. We run 130 web
    sites on Windows Server 2003 (Standard Edition). We want to migrate to
    Windows Server 2008. What version of Windows Server 2008 should we buy?
    Spin, Jul 21, 2009
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  2. Hello Spin,

    If they work fine with standard edition and you don't need more RAM then
    4GB(32bit) or 32GB(64bit), you can use the 2008 Standard edition also. Difference
    to Enterprise edition is the RAM support.

    Best regards

    Meinolf Weber
    Meinolf Weber [MVP-DS], Jul 21, 2009
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  3. When you migrate and preferably buy a new hardware, I'd recommend you go for
    64-bit version regardless of the edition you choose. All modern hardware
    supports 64-bit mode of operation.

    Windows Web Server 2008 - for running web sites. It cannot be a domain
    controller, DNS server or Hyper-V host. It is the cheapest server.
    Windows Server 2008 Standard - if you will not use advanced hardware and
    clustering feature. It supports up to 4 CPU sockets, 32GB (x64), licence for
    1 VM.
    Windows Server 2008 Enterprise - if you will use advanced hardware and
    clustering feature. It is also worth considering because it offers licenses
    for 4 VM's.
    Windows Server 2008 Datacenter - most advanced hardware (64 CPU sockets, 2
    TB), license for unlimited number of VM's (as many as you can fit on a
    single system).

    If you plan to go virtual (Hyper-V), you may choose a free Hyper-V Server
    2008. It is similar to core, but with stripped off functionality. It is used
    as a host for guest VM's.

    Whatever you choose, you can download evaluation software from Microsoft web
    site and see if it fits your needs.
    Dusko Savatovic, Jul 21, 2009
  4. See below...
    Just to add here that Microsoft is giving System Center Virtual Machine
    Manager for free. This is a very good offer.
    If you can wait until October, Windows Server 2008 R2 will be released with
    even better features. But I think that if you buy now, you can qualify for a
    free upgrade to R2. Be sure to check it with your reseller.
    Dusko Savatovic, Jul 21, 2009
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