Windows Terminal Server 2008 Remote Desktop

We currently have a Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition R2 (Version 5.2.3790) running on a PowerEdge 2500 X86 1263MHz, 3.50GB of RAM. I mainly use this machine as a Terminal server to allow serveral of our employees to connect via RDP. However, we've been having speed issues with one of our applications and wanted to know if installing Windows Server 2008 to on this machine improve the speed when connecting to this remotely via Windows RDP? First of all can I even install Windows Server 2008 on this machine?

Thank you for your time.
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B HCommented:
2008 isnt supported -by dell- on that hardware, and you might have trouble finding the raid drivers for 2008...

assuming you can find them, it will physically install... but you'll be a lot slower than you are now

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B HCommented:
if you only have one processor, you might be able to get one for like $30 out there somewhere
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downtown2010Commented:
Yes, that machine meets minimum requirements for Server 2008. I have found that RDP works much better with newer server and client OSes.
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vrosas_03Author Commented:
So, you dont' recommend that I install 2008 on that machine given its current specifications?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Why is it slow?

Have you done any real analysis to see why?  Like checking the load on the CPU when it seems slow and what, exactly, is putting a load on the CPU?  The amount of free RAM?  

You can spend money if you like... anyone can spend money... but if you want to resolve your issue, you can't just assume the cause is something and not verify what the actual cause is.

Also, how many users are connecting to it at peak?
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vrosas_03Author Commented:
Well,  the issue is with one of our Database driven Point of Sale systems. We have several of our users connect remotely via RDP.  The POS application runs slow anyways even locally and running it on Remote Desktop is even slower. We heard that Windows 2008 improved refresh rates and keyboard and mouse inputs, so we thought that would be a good option to provide a bit of speed for the remote users. The problem is most definitely our Point of Sale system, because RDP works fine, however, I'm just interested in finding out there would be significant improment on RDP going with 2008  over staying on RDP?
Thank you for your time.
 
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vrosas_03Author Commented:
Revision to previous post:
The problem is most definitely our Point of Sale system, because RDP works fine, however, I'm just interested in finding out if there would be significant improment on RDP going with 2008  over staying 2003 ?
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B HCommented:
in my experience, going for 2003 to 2008 just for the hope of improved rdp experience isn't worth it.

however, there are very significant improvements in 2008R2, but only if the client machines are vista sp1 or later.  these include better processing of audio, ability to record sound into the server from local, and most importantly, local video card processing (no more choppy youtube's on rdp)
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
RDP improvements in 2008 R2 are significant - but you won't be able to use them with this server.  2008 R2 is a 64 bit only product and will not run on an x86 only server.
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vrosas_03Author Commented:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/cc304052.aspx
Says it will run on a 1 GHz (x86 processor)
 
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
I'm not talking about 2008.  I'm talking about 2008 R2.  They are completely different products - the reason it wasn't renamed Server 2010 is to provide a suggestion that the CALs would work with either.  (STUPID MICROSOFT for their naming conventions).
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vrosas_03Author Commented:
Well I guess the question is whether I would see significant improvement in speed upgrading from 2003 to 2008 for my RDC clients?
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B HCommented:
well, in my experience, it'll be almost the same, if not a little worse... for the rdp sessions...
but remember newer is not always better, especially on older hardware.  there's more going on in 2008 than there is in 2003, meaning more resource requirements

have a 2008 server somewhere you can test with?  like log into a friends?
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vrosas_03Author Commented:
Well, thank you all for your input, I guess I'll check how much it's going to cost me next  and then see if it's even worth a try.
Thanks again.
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