Windows HPC 2008 Minus Cluster Pack Same as Win2008?

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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As far as I know, there is no reason why you can't use HPC version in this way...

You will lose some Windows 2008 ROLEs... here is a comparison to other OS versions:

Some Features are not available in HPC:

Other Technical specificaitons that are not available in HPC:

Nice overview of HPC:
mikeycisme123Author Commented:

I spoke with Microsoft. Windows 2008 HPC, without the cluster pack installed, is the same as Windows Server 2008 Standard but with higher memory limits - 128GB. So, you can use this just like a Windows 2008 server.

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