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Windows HPC 2008 Minus Cluster Pack Same as Win2008?

Last Modified: 2012-05-09
Hi All,

Windows HPC is MUCH cheaper than either Windows 2008 Standard or Enterprise, yet it has higher memory limits than Standard. I tested installing an MSDN version of Windows HPC 2008, and then did not proceed on to install the HPC Cluster Pack. It appears that Windows HPC 2008, minus the cluster pack, is the same exact OS as Windows 2008 - at least as far as processes and services running. We don't want the clustering - we just want the cheapest licensed version of 2008 we can get to handle more than 64 Gigs of RAM per server (HPC tops out at 128Gigs) so is there any reason why we shouldn't install the version and simply omit the HPC pack?


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