Web Server Os Choice

If you had a choice of operating system for a new web server, is Server 2008 R2 still a good viable option or would you choose server 2012 R2?
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Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Why would you choose an older operating system if you had access to a newer operating system and the newer operating system supported your site?

For security, longevity, and support, it doesn't make sense to go with something old if you don't have to.
hobbit82Author Commented:
Thanks for the reply. Those were my thoughts.

We are replacing a 2003 web server and noticed a few hosts offering either 2008 or 2012, obviously 2012 was at a premium (around $40 per month more).
Michael FowlerSolutions ConsultantCommented:
If you are looking at cloud servers then the question is far less important as the maintenance and future upgrades are not your problem. I personally would be looking more at

1/ Security
2/ Contracted Reliability/Uptime
3/ Host's reliability and likelihood of going bust
4/ Control Interface options
Dan McFaddenSystems EngineerCommented:
I agree with Lee W.  If I had the task of deploying new Windows servers, when & where possible, I would go with 2012 R2.  The only reason I would go with an older version of the OS is for required application compatibility.  And then only after verifying with the software manufacturer/Developer, that 2012 or 2012 R2 are not usable.

Microsoft built upon IIS 7 and (in my opinion) has made the IIS platform much more manageable and reliable.


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hobbit82Author Commented:
Thanks for everyone's help. You confirmed my initial thoughts.

We have now implemented a new 2012 R2 server and it seems to be running well.
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