Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard x64 - Server & 5 CALS (OEM)
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"Best Windows Server yet"
Strengths: Great Server OS. They finally updated much of the interface and features instead of just releasing the same OS over and over with a different name and theme.
Weaknesses: Its still Windows.
Comments: IF you insist on running a Windows OS on your server, this is THE one to have.
Strengths: Easy to deploy and configure. A nice improvement over Server 2003.
Weaknesses: It's still Windows-based, and the IE security measures are ridiculously annoying for the administrator.
Comments: Good price, fast shipping and a free gift. Happy!
"Attractive and Easy to work with"
Strengths: Windows Server 2008 R2 builds upon the strengths of the previous versions of Windows Server. The new Server Manager console introduced in Server 2008 is a one-stop location for most common server management functions.
Weaknesses: Initial setup of the server can be a little trying, depending on the number of UAC prompts. But there are definitely few weaknesses in this newest version.
Strengths: Best of Windows so far! Reasonably easy install. Way easy interface. Go MS!
Weaknesses: Security setup needs more explanation.
"Excellent for hosting applications"
Strengths: Strong and sturdy operating system for hosting files, SQL databases, and active directory.
Weaknesses: None yet encountered.
Comments: Windows 2008 is a worthy successor to Windows 2003. It installs faster than any previous version of Win Server and is not as complicated to configure and set up. Installation took less than an hour. On a new server, Windows Server runs rings around our old sever.
"Great Price and Fast Shipping"
Strengths: If you are looking for a Microsoft Platform, Windows 2008 R2 is an improved version of 2003 Server. Also, this was the best price I found with high recommendations and I can see why. As a consultant, we are always on the lookout for good pricing combined with great service and I plan on purchasing all of my future software needs here.
Weaknesses: Nothing yet.
"Best released Server OS to date"
Strengths: This version of Server OS is VERY rich in features that will ease admin duties in any enviroment
Weaknesses: none to date
"Significantly faster than 2003"
Strengths: Several improvements over the 2003 edition, starting with the server management console. The system installation has been improved significantly, scrapping certain previously installed services that can still be installed later. It also works in full 32-bit as opposed to 16/32 for 2003, making the whole process a lot faster on modern CPUs. The boot sequence is also different than the one found in the 2003 edition, but the change is certainly for the better as well. There are also several special power-saving features that increase the server CPU efficiency included in this edition of the MS Server.
Weaknesses: New configuration and services may cause some initial problems for those used to the previous version of Windows Server. Hyper-V is only available in the 64-bit version.
Comments: Definitely a major improvement over 2003, and even the R1 version of Windows Server 2008. It may take a while getting used to, but every server administrator should think about switching to this edition, especially if they are using the older 2003 version.