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Windows Server 2008 R2 Thread, Windows 2008 R2 out via volume licensing in Technical; Hopefully Windows 2008 R2 will be posted on Technet tommorrow -although I have downloaded the 64bit version from the Volume ...
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    Hopefully Windows 2008 R2 will be posted on Technet tommorrow -although I have downloaded the 64bit version from the Volume License Site - As there doesn't seem to be a 32bit availible yet...

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    Quote Originally Posted by towen View Post
    Hopefully Windows 2008 R2 will be posted on Technet tommorrow -although I have downloaded the 64bit version from the Volume License Site - As there doesn't seem to be a 32bit availible yet...
    There is no 32bit version. 64 or nothing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMcCoy View Post
    I've been playing with it. I hate it even more than 2008!

    BIG Start menu icons for the hard of thinking.
    BIG icons for control panel, no classic control panel.
    STUPID unrecognised network even though I can tell it exactly what it is.
    Spacing too wide for pinned task bar icons

    It even more of a "My first server" OS than 2008 original was.

    I'm rather disappointed
    Hey if it is too easy for you install it in server core mode, that'll sort the men from the boys. It's amazing how many people break out in a cold sweat when confronted with this


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    Quote Originally Posted by DMcCoy View Post
    There is no 32bit version. 64 or nothing.
    Oh - So what will happen to those who have Servers that are only 32bit... I assume they will have to stay with Windows 2008... No Win2k8 R2 for them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by somabc View Post
    Hey if it is too easy for you install it in server core mode, that'll sort the men from the boys. It's amazing how many people break out in a cold sweat when confronted with this

    The problem is it's not even all that much lighter than the gui version for considerably more pain when you do need to install something with no slient install option. The core version isn't anywhere near as modular/cut down as was first suggested.

    I've no problems running gui-less, I only ever run my unix/linux boxes without. Netsh/powershell are probably useable but a bit verbose for day to day work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMcCoy View Post
    The problem is it's not even all that much lighter than the gui version for considerably more pain when you do need to install something with no slient install option. The core version isn't anywhere near as modular/cut down as was first suggested.

    I've no problems running gui-less, I only ever run my unix/linux boxes without. Netsh/powershell are probably useable but a bit verbose for day to day work.
    Yes MS should actually have Core boot to a straight CLI system ala Linux or the old style of DOS, there is no need to constantly have most of windows running if you only want say IIS or a File Server.

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    Quote Originally Posted by towen View Post
    Oh - So what will happen to those who have Servers that are only 32bit... I assume they will have to stay with Windows 2008... No Win2k8 R2 for them...
    Correct, and I'm glad they have finally made the move to stop the 32bit stuff as its about time we move on

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMcCoy View Post
    I've been playing with it. I hate it even more than 2008!

    BIG Start menu icons for the hard of thinking.
    BIG icons for control panel, no classic control panel.
    STUPID unrecognised network even though I can tell it exactly what it is.
    Spacing too wide for pinned task bar icons

    It even more of a "My first server" OS than 2008 original was.

    I'm rather disappointed
    That is because its based on Windows 7 which has all those but I do believe they are turn-offable / adjustable, it doesn't bother me though and I've been using 2008 R2 all evening to write brand new GPOs for work for all people as I've decided to re-write all my GPOs on 2008 R2 and then move users etc into new containers etc for now and then plan to ditch the lot and start a fresh perhaps at Easter (crimby is out of the question due to BETT in January)

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    A very easy upgrade on the new domain we've been building, took about 45mins each DC. Takes about 6 reboots.

    Looks like its taking up a bit more ram than 2008, bumped the VMs DCs up a GB (1->2).

    It also needs 15GB of free space in a server 2008 upgrade to install.
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    There is a crashing issue with ESX/ESXi 3.5/4.0.

    At least on Dell servers, mine are certainly crashing

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    is it possible to update/upgrade 2008 to 2008 R2?

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    Nick: Yes.... i've got 4 2008R2's, but you'll need 15GB free on the drive.

    DMcCoy: Seems dell related. Lots of Dell mentions on the vmware forums too. HP BL480C here, both ESX4.0 and ESX3.5 (all up to date as of last week) no 2008R2 software crashes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theblacksheep View Post
    Nick: Yes.... i've got 4 2008R2's, but you'll need 15GB free on the drive.

    DMcCoy: Seems dell related. Lots of Dell mentions on the vmware forums too. HP BL480C here, both ESX4.0 and ESX3.5 (all up to date as of last week) no 2008R2 software crashes.
    Got an HP server on the thread now. It's not instant and must be something to do with the graphics drivers. I managed to install and configure fine, it just happens when browsing folders in explorer when connected with the vmware console.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMcCoy View Post
    Got an HP server on the thread now. It's not instant and must be something to do with the graphics drivers. I managed to install and configure fine, it just happens when browsing folders in explorer when connected with the vmware console.
    Cheers, i'll give it a good go tomorrow.

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