Saturday, 28 July 2012

So I'm Thinking...

So, Microsoft have confirmed the SKUs for Windows Server 2012 and the entry level version, Essentials, is intended to replace Small Business Server and Home Server.

I've been looking at the feature lists and I think I've got a problem. Essentials does not include Hyper-V. Without that, I cannot run my nzbapp appliance or any other VMs. And that kind of removes one of the key advantages of using Server OS at all.

Also, the price of €425 for the essentials OS has been announced. That's a little steep, methinks.

So now I'm thinking, maybe the Windows 8 Client OS will work ok after all. It does come with Hyper-V, has storage spaces included, will likely have much better driver support out of the box and will run Windows Media Center which might work well for my TV viewing needs and would allow for a setup similar to that described at mediacenterhd.blogspot.ie.

2 comments:

deankayton said...

What's your opinion now? Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012? Just interested to hear what your thoughts are 2 weeks after writing this?

  said...

Hi therer. It's been a few weeks since I've had time to post back here. Windows8 has been fulfilling server duties more than adequately in that time so I don't think I'll be going back to Server, mostly on cost basis but also on ease of use and general software/driver compatibility. More blog updates in coming days!