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.
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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).
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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
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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.

Dan
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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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