Server Core Reality Check
Has anyone compared normal vs. core 2K8 properly? If you have then how come you're not running around saying: "It's too much faffing around for not enough benefit"? Or did you see a significant benefit?
I haven't done this seriously but right now I'm looking at normal 2K8 + DC + TS (doing nothing much) using 295MB RAM and a core member server (doing nothing much) using ~215MB RAM. Take away the TS and add the AD role to the core and the memory gap will obviously narrow.
OK that's just one measurement and not necessarily the most relevant for performance, but it doesn't quite fit my expectations for "stripped down". That core has fewer files sitting around doing nothing isn't something I really care about.
I like core because it raises the barrier for nitwits who treat Server like their home PC (install lots of tat that breaks things etc.), but if you're in a position where you know that won't/can't happen then what is the compelling motive for core?