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Advantages of Windows server over Desktop Operating System?

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What kind of features does a Server Operating System like windows server 2008 R2 have over a desktop Operating system like Windows 7? I have a home server, but If i get windows server 2008 for it, what extras would i get? I would be getting it for free through dreamspark, do its not like it would be costing me. However, Is it worth the hassle?

Thanks.
post #2 of 12
Less bloatware to start with.

easier on the system to run.

Loads quicker if you disable all the server scripts.

Its free if your a student.
post #3 of 12
Broad question gets a broad answer:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/cc298429

Loosely put, these are all things that a server OS can do, assuming you have the licensing (like for RDS/TS) that a desktop OS can't. Whether you can actually use any of these features is up to you. The most cited reason for using Windows Server (be it 03, 08, 08 R2, or SBS) is for Active Directory, which is used for permissions management (among other things) on a network.
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Windows Server has server tools.
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More secure. By default Windows Desktop has a lot of services running that shouldn't be running on a server.
    
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If you are a student you can get it from Microsoft for free, legit. Click here to get it.
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Good information in this thread, I'm a student so I'll grab a copy if I can (UK) smile.gif
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You gotta make sure that your school or university is signed up so you can get verified. I had so much grief with M$ as my school hadn't actually signed up.
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More secure. By default Windows Desktop has a lot of services running that shouldn't be running on a server.

I'd go as far to say that they shouldn't be running on a desktop, either smile.gif
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post #10 of 12
Basically Windows Server is a locked down version of Windows, with all the added server tools. It also uses resources more efficiently.
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