Rebuilding home server - Windows 2008 R2 or 2012 R2?

Discussion in 'Operating Systems' started by rpeters83, Nov 21, 2013.

  1. rpeters83

    rpeters83 Limp Gawd

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    I have a home server that I use for the following:

    1) ASP.NET web development on IIS
    2) Hyper-V guest instances (linux and win)
    3) TFS 2010 instance

    It also supports a couple other small things, like email server, FTP, file share, etc.

    I have a MSDN license, so I have access to either OS, so cost is not an issue.

    I'm curious manly about performance vs features. I understand some improvements to Hyper-V in 2012+. Frameworks I use, such as .NET 4.5.1 are still supported on 2008 R2, but no idea if newer versions will be supported (forcing me to move to 2012).

    I'm also running this on an older (former workstation) PC, a C2D 2.4ghz with 8GB RAM.

    Does anyone have insight? Thanks.
     
  2. Demon10000

    Demon10000 [H]ardness Supreme

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    If you have no reason (cost, compatibility, etc) to stick with 2008 R2, I would go with 2012 R2. The only downside is the UI, which is much better than vanilla 2012. If you don't like it, then you can make things better with any of the start menu replacements.

    I've got a 20 Node 2012 R2 Hyper-v Cluster hosting 250ish VMs, and it's rock solid.
     
  3. rpeters83

    rpeters83 Limp Gawd

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    Thanks. Any thoughts about performance? Again, this is an older machine that this would be running on.