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Windows Thread, Moving to Server 2008? in Technical; We'll probably be waiting for a while as 2003 R2 has most of the features we need for now and ...
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    We'll probably be waiting for a while as 2003 R2 has most of the features we need for now and we don't have any Vista clients yet. Some of the features look excellent though and i think it will go on to be a v good server OS.

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    A couple of points:

    "From what I have seen of it, its more like Server 2003 V2 rather than Vista Server, it certainly doesn't have the speed issues of Vista"

    2008 server is Vista, this is the first time that the client and server code base has been the same since 2000. It's not as sluggish as the Vista GUI is ditched in 2008 server.
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    "When SP1 comes out, or later"

    2008 will be released after Vista SP1 and will be based on the SP1 code.

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    Last edited by cookie_monster; 21st January 2008 at 11:05 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
    You probably could turn Aero on using some reg edits and service adjustments like you can make Server 2003 look like XP by turning on services that are disabled.
    Its not never redegit you can just choose it from the Windows Components, can't remember the options off the top of my head though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by john View Post
    You probably could turn Aero on using some reg edits and service adjustments like you can make Server 2003 look like XP by turning on services that are disabled.
    Some of the Aero style effects can be installed on Server 2008 by installing one of the 'Features' (Beware of that on Server 2008 you have Roles, Features for Roles and plain Features). They've made the option available for those who will be using TS.

    I'm currently planning to move several of our servers over to Server 2008 but thats mainly because we've shifting a lot of servers to VMWare. However the Domain Controller will be staying as is for the moment and won't think of migrating those until we start to consider Vista.
    Last edited by dan400007; 21st January 2008 at 03:56 PM.

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    Why on earth would you want Aero/effects on a server? Or even a GUI to start with?

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    Well i can see why a GUI is sometimes necessary, though it would be better to just install management tools on an admin station but the jazz is OTT.

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    Anyone know how much server 2008 will cost?

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    I want 2008 to get rid of the GUI!

    20 VMs, all very specific roles, only a handful need a gui and related bloat.

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    Really on a dual quad core machine with 4Gb RAM, is the plain GUI really gonna be any issue at all?
    Last edited by mrforgetful; 22nd January 2008 at 08:34 AM. Reason: spelling lol

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    @mrforgetful: Depends what else the server's doing I would imagine. But the point is it is still a waste of resources and an inconvenience that a GUI is required to manage most of a Windows server.

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    Y'know I'd love to agree, but without it I'd probably still be working in a shop so....hail to the GUI.

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    The core mode does seem to be a bit of a half arsed attempt of removing the GUI.

    In fact some of the GUI remains, for example setting the timezone and clock can still be done via the GUI even in core setup.

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    Core mode is more about reducing the attack surface than removing the GUI, the Windows server GUI really isn't heavy at all the only time it's even worth thinking about is when as DMcCoy says you might be running a bunch of VM's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cookie_monster View Post
    The Windows server GUI really isn't heavy at all
    You realise the W2k8 server GUI includes Aero, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    You realise the W2k8 server GUI includes Aero, right?
    As an option, thats not installed by default.

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