Windows 2003 vs Windows 2008? (Which is recommended and will I encounter any issues?)
Posted on 2008-06-23
I am in the process of having a new web server set up and I have the option of using Windows 2003 or Windows 2008 (platform).
I am not sure as to which would be recommended at this point in time? Being that I will be placing files, etc. on this server that I won't want to have to move in the future .. (for quite a while) I was leaning towards 2008 (only because it is newer). But .. I am curious as to ...
1. What are the primary differences (pro and cons) between using Windows 2003 server as opposed to Windows 2008 server (for website hosting, etc.)?
2. What are the benefits (if any) of Windows 2008 over Windows 2003 .. and visa versa?
3. Is it likely or possible that applications written in ASP, ASP.NET or PHP as well as other Windows components like ASPEmail, ASPUload, PHP 5, MySQL, etc., etc. will give me any problems when installed and running on Windows 2008? Or is any version of Windows 2000 or higher going to be okay? Let me know if I might experience issues (from what you know) and maybe what it is about Windows 2008 that might cause problems (if it will)???
4. Looking ahead, if you had to select a web server to begin setting up and using at this time, would you recommend the older Windows 2003 server, or would you recommend (and why) to move ahead and begin now with Windows 2008?
Let me know what you think and know about the comparison between these two.