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What's special about Windows Server Standard 2008? What do they do differently that would affect a desktop user? The reason I ask is that they have a demo that lasts 240 days.

Edit: Oh yah and what about Enterprise? Is it any better as a desktop?
Edited by Gauvenator - 6/13/08 at 8:54am
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Well, Server is configured to be a server. It is locked down more, and I believe has IIS and other servers installed by default. As far as differences to a desktop user, it would just be more annoying to configure things as a desktop/workstation. Why would you want to use Server as a desktop OS?
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@Battista: agreed, but IIS is disabled last time I checked.


@Gauvenator: with that kinda rig I would def. upgrade to Vista x64
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Well, Server is configured to be a server. It is locked down more, and I believe has IIS and other servers installed by default. As far as differences to a desktop user, it would just be more annoying to configure things as a desktop/workstation. Why would you want to use Server as a desktop OS?
Since it's designed for servers it could be more stable and less of a resource hog, which is nice. Plus, 240 day demo (plenty of time to save up for vista)
Edited by Gauvenator - 6/13/08 at 10:00am
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@Battista: agreed, but IIS is disabled last time I checked.


@Gauvenator: with that kinda rig I would def. upgrade to Vista x64
Would the server version be suitable? I've been wanting Vista x64, as I've heard they've improved it a bunch over XP x64.
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Would the server version be suitable? I've been wanting Vista x64, as I've heard they've improved it a bunch over XP x64.
I think Vista drivers will work on Server 2008 OS, but regardless, Server 2k8 cost hell a lot more than Vista oem + I don't want you to face any software incompatibility.

I believe Server 2k8 will be a waste of your time, unless your a die hard developer.

edit: Windows Server 2008 Standard costs ~$999, so figure

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...s/pricing.aspx
Edited by SZayat - 6/13/08 at 10:11am
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Doesn't Vista have a 30/60 day trial version for free before you have to activate it?
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Doesn't Vista have a 30/60 day trial version for free before you have to activate it?
Windows Vista Enterprise only I think.
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What's special about Windows Server Standard 2008? What do they do differently that would affect a desktop user? The reason I ask is that they have a demo that lasts 240 days.

Edit: Oh yah and what about Enterprise? Is it any better as a desktop?
IE is more locked down, and everythings is disabled like dx and sound.
Enterprise can be used in a cluster, Other then that, some games don't like to be installed because server isn't listed as a option, DOOM 3.

Other then at Server has tons of options for services that no typical user will use or shouldn't.

Along time ago i had server 2000 as my O/S "at that time same as 2000 pro with more options"

Why do you ask?
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Sooo...I'm trying to install the trial, but I'm having issues with partitioning. Does Vista have to be on a specific partition on a disk? Iirc, Xp needed to be on the first partition of the first harddrive. Does the same go for Vista?
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