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    Server 2003 or 2008?

    Ignoring the specification of a server, what OS would be best for running a SIMS server? 2003 or 2008? Wand what are the benefits for/against?

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    We're planning to move ours from 2003 to 2008r2. 2003 is now very old.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rawns View Post
    Ignoring the specification of a server, what OS would be best for running a SIMS server? 2003 or 2008? Wand what are the benefits for/against?
    2008, as Capita's support for 2003 ends next year.

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    2008R2, just because it won't need moving again for a good while longer. Might as well - SIMS will need a 64 bit server anyway in most schools (assuming no SQL Express).

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    2008 is more secure by default plus you have virtualization options built in. Go for it as its newer and stable. Just remember to open up the SQL ports on the firewall.

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    You may as well go to 2008R2, since that will last longer. Not sure how much longer SIMS will allow W2003.
    As you could go 64 bit in 2008R"

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    Quote Originally Posted by bcruise View Post
    You may as well go to 2008R2, since that will last longer. Not sure how much longer SIMS will allow W2003.
    As you could go 64 bit in 2008R"
    you cant not go 64 bit in 08r2

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    you cant not go 64 bit in 08r2
    Sims supported this ages ago

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    Quote Originally Posted by sted View Post
    you cant not go 64 bit in 08r2
    Quote Originally Posted by irsprint84 View Post
    Sims supported this ages ago
    deliberate - double negative

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    I think he was refering to 2008 R2 only being 64bit, and not like Windows 7 which is 32bit or 64bit.

    SQL doesn't virtualize well, so I wouldn't take that as a pro for 2k8 R2. Security yes, futureproof yes.

    Reason virtualization does work well for SQL is it needs a lot of disc IO which normally is lacking and in fact it's true of CPU\RAM, so normally you can only put low end stuff on the same box, the fact you have to license physical CPU in the server regardless of it it'll use it and if you've got failover - technically, you need to license any CPU it could failover too! I'm sure however Microsoft will be turning a blind eye to it however for schools.

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    Where are people getting the info about dropping support for 2003 has this been confirmed ???

    After looking at the SIMS technical road map Server 2003 looks to be supported until at least Autumn 2012 and there is no info beyond that so it might be unsupported beyond that, but its speculation.
    I am currently looking at my SIMS setup and support life cycles and as far as I can see support for my setup is ok until at least Autumn 2012

    Server 2003 R2 32Bit
    Office 2003 Professional
    Windows XP Pro 32Bit clients
    SQL Server 2008 Standard

    In order to be sure of being supported after Autumn 2012 I would like to upgrade over the 2012 Summer break to avoid server interruptions
    Microsoft look to have extended support available for the software above until 2014 / 2015 ( still looking for the support dates for the SQL 2008 Package)

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    The above post mentioned support continuing until next year, so that loosely agrees with your roadmap.

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    I got told Capita will be supporting 2003 until Summer 2013. Has this changed now?

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    I do not know, I just know that the SIMS technical Road map says its supported until at least Autumn 2012, it does not say that it will be supported or unsupported after that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dezt View Post
    I got told Capita will be supporting 2003 until Summer 2013. Has this changed now?
    i vaguely recall something about the deadline being extended but i can't find the source. Either way, i'd really not want to be running 2003 in 2013. 2008 is much better.

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