Windows Server 2008 Thread, W2k3 or w2k8 in Technical; As a lot of you know, I just use servers as file/print/dhcp/dns servers with XP home/Win7 Starter clients. I don't ...
4th March 2012, 10:29 PM #1
W2k3 or w2k8
As a lot of you know, I just use servers as file/print/dhcp/dns servers with XP home/Win7 Starter clients. I don't use AD.
I'm setting up a new school (new to me that is) 40 new Win7 clients with about 20 old XP Machines with a new physical server machine.
Should I go with w2k8 instead of my tried and tested w2k3. Will it give me any advantages for my non-AD setup.? All will it give me headaches?
4th March 2012, 10:31 PM #2
Why dont you use AD? would make management soooo much easier! But 2k8 R2
4th March 2012, 11:07 PM #3
New build, newest OS - just makes sense from a maintenace perspective. Not sure if the services you use have many changes over 2k3, but some newer features are pretty cool.
4th March 2012, 11:42 PM #4
Originally Posted by jamesreedersmith
Could be this? ^
Originally Posted by SimpleSi
5th March 2012, 12:20 AM #5
As mentioned above, go with 2008 R2. In terms of printing, there have been numerous improvements since Windows Server 2003 was released eight years ago.
5th March 2012, 07:45 AM #6
Also take into account security updates finish for 2003 in 2 years. So when that time comes you will have to update anyway. You might as well do it now.
5th March 2012, 10:24 AM #7
id go with a current os so 08r2
not to mention you might find it hard to get drivers for 2003 on current hardware
now granted if its just being used as a nas box with dhcp/printers most of the 08r2 extras are probably of 0 use
though depending on your printers you may have driver issues with them on 08r2 older hps are particularly prone to being poor imo
Thanks to sted from:
SimpleSi (5th March 2012)
5th March 2012, 10:39 AM #8
I'm thinking now I should install w2k8 on the new physical server and vm convert the old w2k3 server onto it and keep that as the printer server for the old printers (until I can persaude the head of having 2 networked photocopiers for printing (I love my schools that have this )
5th March 2012, 10:51 AM #9
- Rep Power
How do you manage your users using home version clients and without AD?
Use Server 2008 R2
11th March 2012, 12:04 PM #10
If you're going to continue to use a server just for File, Print, DHCP and DNS there are zero benefits between 2003 and 2008/2008 R2. Basic file services are the same, Print Management is great, although you couldn't use it, DHCP allows you to use IPv6 out the box and DNS is the same too.
If you were going to use Active Directory and Windows 7 Professional, then there are a lot of advantages to using 2008 R2. It allows you to control 7 to the max.
Extended support for 2003 Server is July 2015.
11th March 2012, 12:26 PM #11
11th March 2012, 12:52 PM #12
Don't forget that sims will not work on 2003 next year.
11th March 2012, 01:20 PM #13
2003 > 2008 print server caused us a mass of headaches with drivers for XP/win7 64.
Originally Posted by SimpleSi
I avoided linux print servers because I thought the transition would be more simple with windows. I was wrong.
Once it was setup it ran fine, but with 50+ printers and papercut it was much more of a headache than I expected.
11th March 2012, 05:07 PM #14
Depends on the printers and drivers, we had no issues with our HP gear, I know many like to hate on their drivers but they worked fine for us. Besides if you have any 64bit clients you need to get it sorted anyway.
Originally Posted by CyberNerd
If you are putting it in new go 2008 R2 simply because it is the current one and you are not installing something that is going to fall out of support so quickly in comparison. There is no point in investing an and installing old tech as you are just causing problems for the future by constraining yourself now. How well do you think 2003 will cope with Windows 8 PCs etc as your server will probably still be around at that time.
11th March 2012, 06:33 PM #15
absolutely; it was entirely driver problems which we would have needed to sort anyway for 64bit. They were all HP laserjets, loads of different models.
Originally Posted by SYNACK
Its all working now, just took about a week ironing out glitches.
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