My first thoughts of Server 2008 - Techist - Tech Forum

Go Back   Techist - Tech Forum > Computer Software > Microsoft Windows and Software
Click Here to Login
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 02-09-2008, 11:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
Call me Mak or K
Mod Emeritus
 
KSoD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: C:\
Posts: 35,647
Default My first thoughts of Server 2008

Well after waiting to download Server 2008 x86 i figured it was time to install it while i wait for a ISO of Vista with SP1 slipstreamed into it. *So i went ahead and installed Server 2008. *At first it went great. *Install took less than a half an hour. *Which i was not expecting at all. *Even Vista does not install that fast for me.

So after i got Vista installed i get the Server Management screen up. *Not expecting it when i first logon to Server 08 as i havent used a Server OS as a main OS before. *But i get around that and start looking at the OS itself. *No bells no whistles no surprise. *So i go thru the Extra features on the Server Management screen and see Desktop Experience and Audio/Video Experience. *So i install them.

REboot and get back into Server 08. *Okay. *So i see that Aero can be used. *But it says that the Themes Service is not running. *Wha? *So i go into Services and start it up and get it running full time. *Then apply the Aero theme. *Oh yeah. *It runs Aero. Like a champ. *Does not have all teh fancy stuff when dragging a window from what i can find. *No big deal.

So i go about trying to get on the Web. *Need Video Drivers and Audio Drivers. *Open IE7 and it runs at a extremely high security level. *No site that is not in your trusted list can be seen. *So i open my Computer files up and install not only Opera but Firefox so i dont have to add every Windows site to get stuff.

So get my drivers and restart again. *Nice so far. *Boots up fast and runs real smooth. *Aero is working and sound is now operational. *Got my Video drivers so i can use my Dual Screens. *Setup just about every app i can think of that i have saved on my Computer already. *Get Zune running to listen to music and so on.

Decide it is time to check WU for anything. *Of course nothing. *Big shock. *But i see i have 3 days to activate. *Big whoop. *Click to activate it says the serial is invalid. *Wha? *then i remember that the install did not ask me for a serial. *Which i found odd. *So i click to change the serial and install my own. *It takes it and activates.

Now it jsut comes down to fine tuning of Server 08. *But so far i am thinking this is what Vista should have been. *It is great. *Fast stable and reliable. *So i just took a quick shot of the System Properties screen. *Kinda weird to see it labeled with SP1....

__________________

__________________
I do not accept support questions via EMail, PM, IM or my G+ page!

Phone: LG Optimus G Pro
Running: Stock JB from LG with Nova Launcher

KSoD is offline  
Old 02-09-2008, 11:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
Techie Beyond Description
 
veg1992's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Posts: 19,993
Default Re: My first thoughts of Server 2008

so you like it more than Vista?

also send me that Halo 3 Wallpaper
__________________

__________________
I do not accept help requests and/or deleted threads/complaints by PM, Profile or IM/Email. Just ask on the forums! Also, I do have Lockerz invites if you want them, feel free to PM me your email if you want one :0

If I help you, or you just like what I said, rep me by clicking the
or under my avatar; it helps me know that my advice actually helped you.


.. But things don't go according to plan! My Actual Rig, 2009:
veg1992 is offline  
Old 02-09-2008, 11:31 PM   #3 (permalink)
Call me Mak or K
Mod Emeritus
 
KSoD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: C:\
Posts: 35,647
Default Re: My first thoughts of Server 2008

In all honest yeah i like it more than Vista. Does that mean i will use this and not Vista. No. This is only a install to check it out and run it for a few days. I will be installing Vista again within a week.

Can not find where i had found it on the web. Ohh well. Here it is...



Dual Screen Halo 3 Wallpaper...even funnier. I dont own a 360 or Halo 3.
__________________
I do not accept support questions via EMail, PM, IM or my G+ page!

Phone: LG Optimus G Pro
Running: Stock JB from LG with Nova Launcher

KSoD is offline  
Old 03-25-2008, 11:51 PM   #4 (permalink)
Mod Emeritus
 
b1gapl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 13,044
Default Re: My first thoughts of Server 2008

Sorry for reviving a month old thread, but would you recommend Server 08, for general desktop use over XP?
__________________


3770K | ASUS STRIX GTX 1080 | DDR3-1600 16GB | CORSAIR 650D | CORSAIR HX 850W | CORSAIR H100 | SOUND BLASTER Z | ASROCK EXTREME4 GEN3

b1gapl is offline  
Old 03-26-2008, 12:51 AM   #5 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 1,585
Default Re: My first thoughts of Server 2008

it's good only for people who know what they are doing...what we think is good (guessing) is a long ways off from the consumer stuff....reason why the linux stuff is lacking, because they assume way off base

it's how I was using nt and 2k when people were on the more palatable 98 and xp...they look better off the bat, but man that 2k was fast, lol

I hope MS does the dual option thing, vanilla for some and fancied up option install for others...then they'd win it all. Not have to worry about "how come you guys didn't do....." ad infinitum

suggestion on the 08 vs xp...total toss up...very personal and subjective call. i'd say go for it if you want to be a mechanic for your machine...know that most things are turned off...but there or accessible
atomic tofu is offline  
Old 03-26-2008, 10:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
Call me Mak or K
Mod Emeritus
 
KSoD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: C:\
Posts: 35,647
Default Re: My first thoughts of Server 2008

Actually Atomic ther isnt much that you have to know to use Server 2008 as a desktop over XP. Those misconceptions of using a Server OS as a desktop OS were erased with Server 2003 which i have personally used as a desktop OS as well. Windows 2000 was the first venture of Microsoft's when trying to use NT as a desktop OS with 2000 Pro which is far from anythign great. but in the same aspect look at Windows 3.1 and 95. Both of them were x86 and that but it wasnt until Windows 98 that the OS took shape and worked well. So the first venture of Microsoft doesnt always work out.

To answer your question b1g...Yes. I would highly recommend using Server 2008 over XP as a desktop. But granted Atomic did have some good points. Using a Server OS is different. As you see from my trials up above there are thngs you have to do to get certain aspects of the OS to work. Like Aero.

While many of these features can be turhned on finding them is much more difficult. If you do take on the task and get the OS setup the way you want and working. Then by far Server 2008 is a much better OS than XP.

Just remember that it is a Server OS and not all common apps work with it. Take for instance your Anti-Virus. No common run of the mill AV will work. You will need a Server AV. But from my tests with Server 08 that was the only applicaiton that gave me any issues. The rest of the apps i run i could install just as if they were running on Vista.
__________________
I do not accept support questions via EMail, PM, IM or my G+ page!

Phone: LG Optimus G Pro
Running: Stock JB from LG with Nova Launcher

KSoD is offline  
Old 03-26-2008, 12:02 PM   #7 (permalink)
Lord Techie
 
gurusan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Portland, OR
Posts: 6,562
Send a message via MSN to gurusan
Default Re: My first thoughts of Server 2008

I've been using Server 08 for a few weeks now and love it. It's quite a bit more responsive compared to Vista...and much more memory efficient.

Also the CPU hogginess of Vista is gone, my CPU score in 3dmark06 in server 08 is the same as XP....definitely not the case with vista.

Personally, I can see myself using this as my primary OS for awhile.
__________________
|| 2500K @ 5GHz 1 thread, 4.8 2 threads, 4.6 3, 4.5 4 1.284V ||
|| P8P67-M Pro || 8GB @ 2133MHz ||
|| 5850 @ 1000/1225 || XFX 650W || Silverstone FT03B ||
|| 37" LCD TV || CM Hyper 212+ || Samsung 2.1 Soundbar ||
gurusan is offline  
Old 03-26-2008, 12:40 PM   #8 (permalink)
Call me Mak or K
Mod Emeritus
 
KSoD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: C:\
Posts: 35,647
Default Re: My first thoughts of Server 2008

That is how i feel as well. I have to do another major overhaul of my sytem this week. Both XP and Vista are not responding the way they should so that tells me time for a format and reinstall.

So i will be putting Vista SP1 and server 2008 along with my Ubuntu. This way i can compare them side by side. But i might just forget Vista and go with XP/Server 08.
__________________
I do not accept support questions via EMail, PM, IM or my G+ page!

Phone: LG Optimus G Pro
Running: Stock JB from LG with Nova Launcher

KSoD is offline  
Old 03-26-2008, 12:53 PM   #9 (permalink)
Monster Techie
 
TheOtis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Planet Earth.
Posts: 1,274
Send a message via AIM to TheOtis
Default Re: My first thoughts of Server 2008

Uhhh.... I was under the impression SP1 brought Vista a new kernel that's nearly identical to Server 2008? So if you're going to use it as a desktop/workstation OS, and turn on all the Vista features, why not just tweak Vista and turn off the services you don't want, and call it good?
__________________
Back on being mobile - ASUS G551- 15.3" 1080p - Core i7 4710HQ - GTX 860M - 16GB DDR3 1600 - 512GB Samsung 850 Pro - Steam ID: TheOtis
TheOtis is offline  
Old 03-26-2008, 01:07 PM   #10 (permalink)
Call me Mak or K
Mod Emeritus
 
KSoD's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: C:\
Posts: 35,647
Default Re: My first thoughts of Server 2008

Because even if you turn off some of the Vista features you still do not get the speed and response that you do out of Server 2008. I have done just that and still Server 08 is much faster and more responsive. To me server 08 is what Vista should have been.
__________________

__________________
I do not accept support questions via EMail, PM, IM or my G+ page!

Phone: LG Optimus G Pro
Running: Stock JB from LG with Nova Launcher

KSoD is offline  
Closed Thread

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Vista SP1, Windows Server 2008 Finalized Osiris Microsoft Windows and Software 15 02-05-2008 10:14 PM
Free Copies of Windows Server, SQL Server and Visual Studio 2008 Osiris Microsoft Windows and Software 0 01-22-2008 10:31 AM
Download Windows Server 2008 Release Candidate Osiris Microsoft Windows and Software 0 12-06-2007 09:36 AM
Try Microsoft Windows Home Server for 120 Days Osiris Microsoft Windows and Software 0 11-04-2007 07:13 PM
Windows Server 2008 beta 3 Released. Kharn ISP and Web Hosting 0 06-01-2007 11:49 AM



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:26 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.