Windows Server 2008 Desktop Experience

Windows Server 2008 is the latest offering from Microsoft for Enterprise Business. It is placed as one of the most stable and secure versions of Windows so far. It is also one of the biggest enterprise release from Microsoft in the history of the company. We evaluated Windows Server 2008 and tried to use it as a desktop operating system. we present our evaluation here.

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The Operating System is one of the most stable ones around. The installation of the Standard Server completes in a breeze. The Evaluation did not allow for a custom install and the only option was to upgrade. However, the data from the previous installation of Operating System was stored as a ‘Previous Windows’ and was safe. 

A chart of the System Requirements is as follows:

Component Requirement
Processor

Minimum: 1 GHz (x86 processor) or 1.4 GHz (x64 processor)
Recommended: 2 GHz or faster
Note: An Intel Itanium 2 processor is required for Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems

Memory

Minimum: 512 MB RAM
Recommended: 2 GB RAM or greater
Optimal: 2 GB RAM (Full installation) or 1 GB RAM (Server Core installation) or more
Maximum (32-bit systems): 4 GB (Standard) or 64 GB (Enterprise and Datacenter)
Maximum (64-bit systems): 32 GB (Standard) or 2 TB (Enterprise, Datacenter, and Itanium-Based Systems)

Available Disk Space Minimum: 10 GB
Recommended: 40 GB or Greater
Note: Computers with more than 16 GB of RAM will require more disk space for paging, hibernation, and dump files
Drive DVD-ROM Drive
Display Super VGA (800 × 600) or higher resolution monitor
Other Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device

We met the minimum specification (well almost) and the Windows Server 2008 worked perfectly on the machine. The Machine is a HP Pavillion DV 1000 series laptop, with 1 GB RAM and 100 GB Disk. It has a T2400, Intel Dual Core processor @ 1.83 GHz each.  The Drivers for hardware were picked automatically and most hardware was installed comfortably. There was a problem installing the BlueTooth device, for which a WIDCOMM tweak was available online.

We will continue the experience in the next post.

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