Solved

Windows File Server OS

Posted on 2014-03-24
12
217 Views
Last Modified: 2014-03-30
Hi All,

I was wondering for OS selection what OS is preferred.

My application is simple, Windows DFS (only 2 nodes so basically mirror) on a closed network serving files to up to 8 clients at a time (these clients need a high file transfer rate at 128k at a times) through 10 gig.

What OS should I choose?  I like Enterprise because I can use more than 32 GB of RAM, but do I really need more than 32 GB?  When I have been running my tests I never see a high usage of RAM, maybe there is a way to turn this on on Enterprise (large file cache)?  My clients are only doing reads so no data is changing...

Right now I need to stay in 2008 and can't move to 2012 for customer requirement reasons.

Thanks!
0
Comment
Question by:adamc817
  • 5
  • 3
  • 2
  • +1
12 Comments
 
LVL 13

Accepted Solution

by:
Norm Dickinson earned 500 total points
ID: 39950816
In your situation it seems to me that the disk array hardware will be more important in terms of speed and availability than the OS version. 32 GB of RAM should be sufficient to handle anything that 8 clients can require for read-only access.
0
 

Author Comment

by:adamc817
ID: 39950834
Hi Norm,

Thanks, is there any documentation I can point to that I can show management that corresponds to this? (Maybe it would save a lot of testing on my side to prove it).

Thanks!
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:Norm Dickinson
ID: 39950866
This comparison shows that the only thing lacking from Standard edition is clustering, so if that is a consideration, you would want to go to DataCenter or Enterprise.
http://www.techotopia.com/index.php/Windows_Server_2008_Editions_and_System_Requirements

Standard also limits you to one DFS root. See the attached PDF.
WS-Brand-Pages---Editions-Compar.pdf
0
 
LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:Lee W, MVP
ID: 39951056
It doesn't matter.  Buy TWO 2012 standard Licenses, install 2008 Enterprise.  The 2012 licenses give downgrade rights to Enterprise since the feature sets are now identical other then additional VM licenses included.  There's really no point in NOT installing enterprise if anyone is going to give you the slightest argument for it.
0
 
LVL 25

Expert Comment

by:Tony Giangreco
ID: 39952991
I agree with Lee. Stay with 2008 Enterprise and you are probably the most compatible with most hardware and software technologies because it's been out for a while and it's very dependable.
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:Norm Dickinson
ID: 39953099
Agreed that it probably makes a lot more sense to go with the Enterprise edition in the long run. There is really no downside to it.
0
Do email signature updates give you a headache?

Do you feel like you are constantly making changes to email signatures? Are the images not formatting how you want them to? Want high-quality HTML signatures on all devices, including on mobiles and Macs? Then, let Exclaimer solve all your email signature problems today.

 

Author Comment

by:adamc817
ID: 39953262
>>Right now I need to stay in 2008 and can't move to 2012 for customer requirement reasons.


So 2012 is not an option, also in 2008 Enterprise is a bit more expensive than standard and there is no need for 128 GB of RAM when standard can only use 32, so there is some $$ difference.  I am just not sure Enterprise is worth the upgrade.
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:Norm Dickinson
ID: 39953282
If it were the same price it would be an easy decision but it is likely not going to be worth a lot of effort or a lot of money to have Enterprise vs. Standard in your case. I believe what Lee W was saying is that if you buy 2012 Standard, it gives you the license for 2008 Enterprise if you prefer to install that instead. If you are buying the server OS now, that may be the way to go.
0
 

Author Comment

by:adamc817
ID: 39953375
oh snap, awesome! nice
0
 
LVL 95

Expert Comment

by:Lee W, MVP
ID: 39954539
You buy 2012 Standard via Volume license and you get downgrade rights to 2008 Standard OR Enterprise AND the media and keys.
0
 
LVL 13

Expert Comment

by:Norm Dickinson
ID: 39954549
Hopefully we have answered your question at this stage, best of luck to you and let us know if you have anything else we can help with!
0
 
LVL 25

Expert Comment

by:Tony Giangreco
ID: 39955921
Any other questions regarding this posting?
0

Featured Post

Complete VMware vSphere® ESX(i) & Hyper-V Backup

Capture your entire system, including the host, with patented disk imaging integrated with VMware VADP / Microsoft VSS and RCT. RTOs is as low as 15 seconds with Acronis Active Restore™. You can enjoy unlimited P2V/V2V migrations from any source (even from a different hypervisor)

Join & Write a Comment

Suggested Solutions

Restoring deleted objects in Active Directory has been a standard feature in Active Directory for many years, yet some admins may not know what is available.
A procedure for exporting installed hotfix details of remote computers using powershell
This tutorial will show how to push an installation of Backup Exec to an additional server in both 2012 and 2014 versions of the software. Click on the Backup Exec button in the upper left corner. From here, select Installation and Licensing, then I…
This tutorial will walk an individual through configuring a drive on a Windows Server 2008 to perform shadow copies in order to quickly recover deleted files and folders. Click on Start and then select Computer to view the available drives on the se…

758 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

21 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now