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Which version of Windows 2008 is best for a web hosting platform?

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I am looking to create a new server at a small web hosting business. We currently run a windows 2003 standard server for our hosting packages that are windows based. I am going to build a new machine and just wanted input on which version of 2008 would be best for hosting.
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This depends on which features you plan on using in your deployment.  Windows Server 2008 Web Edition comes without some features like Hyper-V, AD Rights Management Services, and others but it does have IIS 7 and Network Load Balancing.  The fewer features aren't a problem if you don't plan on using them, with the added bonus that not having them is a smaller attack surface.

Take a look at Microsoft's page "Windows Server 2008:  Compare Features" to see the difference between the different flavors of 2008:  http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/compare-features.aspx.
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If you want purely hosting, use Web Edition. You could potentially save yourself a lot of money on licenses, but do remember that this comes at a price - you won't have features such as Active Directory, File Services, Print Server etc. Web Edition is purely for hosting sites.

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