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Quick question! I am given a list of options to install:

Standard
Enterprise
Datacenter

with a Standard installation and server core installation option for each. Which one should I pick?

I will be using this for data backup and media streaming for now, but I would like to have as many options as possible. I will be doing hardware RAID as well. Thanks!
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Went with Enterprise, because it looks like under "media server" it says full instead of basic.
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Yeah thats the best choice,you can get all the roles even if you don't install them.Plus you get to run a Hyper-V OS if you choose.
 
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All would probably be fine with the exception of the "Core Server" which is much more stripped down edition, and has no GUI for most tasks.
    
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Perfect! Thanks guys! I just wanted to make sure I wasn't choosing the wrong option.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by trueg50 View Post
All would probably be fine with the exception of the "Core Server" which is much more stripped down edition, and has no GUI for most tasks.
Don't choose "Standard" if you (may) have clustering requirements.

Don't choose "Datacenter" if you are installing Microsoft Exchange.

Those are two rules-of-thumb that I follow.

Oh, and don't install Server Core unless if you're a PowerShell guru, lol.
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Don't choose "Standard" if you (may) have clustering requirements.

Don't choose "Datacenter" if you are installing Microsoft Exchange.

Those are two rules-of-thumb that I follow.

Oh, and don't install Server Core unless if you're a PowerShell guru, lol.
Yup, you most definitely have to tailor your install and licensing to the task your server is being assigned.

Server Core is not for the newbie admin, heck I'd say most windows admins would avoid it; given how tied to the GUI windows is.
    
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Originally Posted by reezin14 View Post
Yeah thats the best choice,you can get all the roles even if you don't install them.Plus you get to run a Hyper-V OS if you choose.
you can run Hyper-V on Standard.
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