Best version of Windows Server 2008 R2

We  have 4 servers that I must  upgrade from Windows 2000 to a new version of Windows probably  Windows Server 2008 r2.  My question is; what is the most cost effective version of windows 2008 R2 that I can we can purchase?
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Ian MeredithCommented:
Hi jvanderwyden,

You pose an interesting question.  

You would need to purchase individual licenses for each of the servers you wish to upgrade.

The most cost effective version is generally the one that closely matches your needs.

2008 R2 Standard is the cheapest.  You may be able to get OEM licensing depending on your supplier.

hope this helps
Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
just checked with dell and looking at an R620, 2008 R2 is still available so that is an option for OEM purchase

however, keep in mind that the standard edition has limitations as far as roles and hardware.  for example, standard only supports up to 32gb ram.  also need to evaluate what services those 2000 servers are providing and determine what you need for 2008 if you can do it with standard edition or if you need enterprise.  for just a domain controller, standard is sufficient but if you have much larger needs, be sure to review before you purchase your standard license and discover you need enterprise features.  you also can't migrate certain services (such as AD) and applications (like Exchange) directly to 2012 so 2008 R2 is your best starting point

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Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
The best version of a server is the one that works for you... :)

You might be hard-pressed to find licenses for Windows Server 2008 R2. Many vendors are pushing Windows Server 2012. 2012 R2 is right around the corner in October.
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Nick RhodeIT DirectorCommented:
In an honest opinion I am excited for 2012 R2 but I am still going to give it a few months before I migrate to it (in case there are bugs). Server 2012 in my opinion is stable. I would purchase the volume licenses. You would instead be purchasing Server 2012 volume and be downgrading to 2008 R2 (since with volume you are allowed to install 1 version back), so this way you have the option to upgrade later (win win).

I guess I am not understanding the version you are talking about unless you just mean 2008 in general.  Server 2008 R2 in my opinion is the best option over standard
Jason WatkinsIT Project LeaderCommented:
Much of the software out there is also meant for 2008 R2. A couple of our apps are not ready for 2012 yet, which is why we haven't gone to it
Ratnesh MishraCommented:
Deciding about hardware , licences and that too cost effectively... If I have to update I would certainly go with company's expansion plan  and other management features. And would go with Virtualization and data centre edition so that I can create as many virtual machine as I wish .
It may seems to you funny but yes , it totally depends on your basic requirement ,Expansion and future prospects , What kind of application you are using . Basic need of your company. Investment plan .
Duration of project if its project based.
Your Disaster recovery plans.
High availability . How much downtime can be bourne.
Quickest and fasted method of recovery.
Lots and lots of factor........

I would suggest you to hire a consultant who will analyse it all and give you the best available and cheapest solution possible . They earn by saving your money .
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