Should I upgrade our company servers to Windows Server 2003 R2

Hi to all

We have 6 to 7 servers are currently running on Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP1 and I understand that Windows Server 2003 R2  just came out a few weeks ago.

My quick question is should I go ahead to install Windows Server 2003 R2 on the top of the current Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition SP1 and perform the upgrade ?

What kinds of benefits I will gain if I use the R2 version ?

Please kindly advise.
leungvpocoAsked:
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TheCleanerCommented:
See here:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/evaluation/whyupgrade/top10best.mspx

http://www.windowsnetworking.com/articles_tutorials/Windows-Server-2003-R2.html


Really the benefits are noticed if you have branch locations connecting, or if you have a file/print server that you want to upgrade.

There are some things I like such as the disk quota additions, and the new print manager.

I see no reason to update for the sake of updating on this occasion.

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NJComputerNetworksCommented:
Good points, TheCleaner...I would agree with you on this.
Bradley FoxLAN/WAN Systems AdministratorCommented:
The main reason I am upgrading to R2 (on my File Servers Only) is for the new FRS.

With W2k3 when a file was replicated due to a change the whole file was synced.  (For me that meant 200MB CAD Files over a VPN...OUCH!)  I had to turn off FRS on any CAD or otherwise large files.

With R2 it will only replicate the actual changed bits in the file.  So now my user will open his CAD file, change the drawing, and only a few KB are synced.
TheCleanerCommented:
Thank you for the points.

mcsween makes an excellent point as well...
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