Windows server 2008 R2 Foundation or 2012 Foundation

Gurus,

I have a client with a Windows Server 2000 server they wish to replace.

I am not familiar with the foundation version of server, nor with Server 2012 so my question is three part.

1) I am familiar with server 2008 and 2008 R2, is it much of a learning leap to 2012?

2)  Are there limitations on 2012 Foundation vs. 2008 R2 Foundation?

3) Would 2008 R2 Foundation / 2012 Foundation be adequate or will there be a gotcha down the road. I am aware of the 15 user, no virtualization, single CPU, 32G RAM limits.


Client needs are:
1) Single server domain with all the related services (DNS, DHCP, AD)
2) File/print services
3) SQL Express
4) Typically no internet access (client is very nervous of internet and only hooks up the cable when absolutely needed).
5) LogMeIn or similar

Any advice on which to choose?
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SeanSystem EngineerCommented:
Both servers will work just fine. The biggest jump for 2012 is the way you navigate the server. I would say if you are more comfortable with 2008 i would stick with 2008 for now. 2012 is very new for an OS and there can be compatibility issues if you have special software, however i don't see anything you listed that would limit you to 2008. Basically both would work just fine so do what you feel is best. :)
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rindiCommented:
As far as I know, you can't buy 2012 foundation (nor 2008 r2 foundation) as a standalone OS. It is rather an OEM only product that you buy installed together with the hardware. So unless you are the OEM, that would be one "gotcha".
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SeanSystem EngineerCommented:
rindi, you are correct...you would need to go with server 2012 essentials or or server 2008 standard. Sorry i missed that part.
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Michaelj42Author Commented:
Yes, I implied that I was buying a new piece of hardware but I guess it wasn't clearly stated.
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
you mention single server but not if the existing 2000 server is the only one in the environment.  if so, you can't go to windows 2012 from windows 2000 because windows 2012 requires the domain functionality to be 2003 native or higher

moving to 2008 R2 will allow you to replace the 2000 server if the domain/functioning level is at that version

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/understanding-active-directory-functional-levels(v=ws.10).aspx
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Michaelj42Author Commented:
Thank you for pointing that out. I was debating whether to join the new server to the existing domain or stand up a a new domain beside it. Both scenarios have their benefits and pain, but the fact that 2012 cannot live along side 2000 would certainly factor in.
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Michaelj42Author Commented:
Seth, in answer to your first paragraph, the existing 2000 server is the only server currently in the domain.
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
then you can't move directly to 2012; 2008 R2 is the latest you can move to directly from 2000
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Michaelj42Author Commented:
Can 2008 R2 Foundation be installed as a 2nd server in a domain and then DC Promo run?
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
there is no 2008 R2 foundation; only standard, enterprise, datacenter and small business server

any of standard, enterprise or datacenter can be used as a domain controller and migrated over from the 2000 server
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Michaelj42Author Commented:
I have Dell offering to sell me a server with the OS set to "Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Foundation Edition, x64"

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_Server_2008_R2#Editions
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
interesting...never heard of a 2008 R2 foundation edition.  probably because we did volume licensing and the hardware we purchased didn't qualify for that edition (dual socket, high memory)

at any rate, even though the memory limit in 2012 is 32gb; 2008 R2 foundation the limit is 8gb so you'll have to consider that.  might be tight with all those services on there (especially with sql) so that will have to be considered also.
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