Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Windows Server 2008 - the best Windows yet!

I ran Windows Server 2003 as my desktop from the time it came out until Vista shipped and now I'm on Windows Server 2008.  And boy does it rock!

I won't repeat the many blog posts that are out there that go over the steps needed to get Win2k8 running just like Vista (though I will refer you to my last blog post about getting sidebar working right).  What I will tell you is that almost everything runs under Win2k8 with less RAM than under Vista.  People will tell you all day that there is no difference between the Vista SP1 and Win2k8 binaries but there is a difference somewhere.

Actually I checked the ntoskrnl.exe binary from both Vista SP1 and Win2k8 and they are truly exactly the same.  However, that doesn't mean they run the same.  The Vista kernel could have all sorts of compatibility shims that get loaded dynamically or checked at runtime.  One piece of evidence that Win2k8 is different is the fact that a few programs don't function correctly.  The latest version of skype and microTorrent do not function (you can use an older version of Skype though).

What I know is that it *feels* tons faster.  IE just appears instantly.  Explorer windows open immediately.  And the RAM usage just speaks for itself.  The table below shows what the memory usage typically is on my system for

 

Application Vista SP1 Windows Server 2008
Desktop Window Manager 40-50 meg 756k (yes, k!).  Part of this is the fact that I have not yet been able to enalble taskbar video thumbnails.
Sidebar 25 meg 12 meg
     

40 comments:

  1. hi
    do you know how to get tv tuner support on server 2008. my tv tuner works fine on vista but not on server
    thanks

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  2. If you disable Superfetch on Vista( and a few other services that do not run by default on Server 2008), you'll get the same effect.

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  3. Reggie.

    You know I switched to latest&greatest too. Now, with taskbar video thumbnails enabled DWM still takes significantly less RAM, around 35MB on my "almost Vista look-alike" setup. Sidebar takes around 16MB.

    Just my 2c.


    Tonci

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  4. Hi, I'm Still use XP for my OS. thanks for share.

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    Yeah i agree with Vista SP1 and Win2k8 and they are truly exactly the same. i been checking all update they are same with pattern,,,

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    yupp. i agree

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  8. Must try windows 2008 soon.

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  10. Windows Server 2003 (also referred to as Win2K3) is a server operating system produced by Microsoft. Introduced on 24 April 2003 as the successor to Windows 2000 Server, it is considered by Microsoft to be the cornerstone of its Windows Server System line of business server products[citation needed]. An updated version, Windows Server 2003 R2 was released to manufacturing on 6 December 2005. Its successor, Windows Server 2008, was released on 4 February 2008.

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  11. How can I install Windows Server 2003 on my server?

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  12. I run a few 2k8 servers and must say that there are very few features that distinguish it from 2k3. For me, those are the new remote-apps terminal server feature and hyper-v. not a whole lot has changed other than rearranging a bunch of stuff.

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    Hackers often gain access to servers through unused (not configured or secured) ports and services, such as Internet Information Services (IIS). To limit entry points, server hardening includes blocking unused ports and protocols as well as disabling services that are not required. Microsoft's latest release of Windows Server 2008 may be on the streets, but the majority of organizations will still rely on Server 2003 for as long as Microsoft supports it. While Server 2003 may not be the latest and greatest, you can ensure a better security posture by taking some easy--but essential--steps to harden your system.

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  14. You said that it is the best window yet, why?

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    oft Windows and Office products.

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  16. Lose Weight HealthilyApril 2, 2009 at 1:25 AM

    Windows Server 2003 comes in a number of editions, each targeted towards a particular size and type of business. In general, all variants of Windows Server 2003 have the ability to share files and printers, act as an application server, and host message queues, provide email services, authenticate users, act as an X.509 certificate server, provide LDAP directory services, serve streaming media, and to perform other server-oriented functions.

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  17. Vista really sucks. I hardly wait Windows 7

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  18. kampanye damai pemilu indonesia 2009April 29, 2009 at 9:04 PM

    windows server 2008 is the best

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  19. do you suck cock? I don't see any minimum resource usage comparison between win2003 versus win2008.

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  20. great operating system!

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    No. No. For windows server 2008.

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  22. Hayden PanettiereMay 11, 2009 at 1:02 PM

    Thanks

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  23. Me too! :)

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  24. Great, I am really happy as I use this server a lot.

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  25. Genetic diseasesMay 17, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    this server is better than the others.

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  26. Yeast infection treatmentMay 17, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    yes indeed...i use it a lot!

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  27. I am still using xp, for the other versions so I have not familiar.
    nice post thanks for it

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  29. Interesting post, this was really useful. thanks!

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    that almost everything runs under Win2k8 with less RAM than under Vista. People will tell you all day that there is no difference between the Vista SP1 and Win2k8 binaries but there is a difference somewhere.

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  31. Los Angeles DUI AttorneyJune 17, 2009 at 9:20 PM

    This is great news! I've been meaning to update my server.

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  32. Southern Highlands real estateJune 29, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    Using Server edition as your main desktop? I used it and had found some troubles. I have not moved to vista and I've sticked to XP and moved onto Linux.

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  33. green valley nv homesJune 30, 2009 at 1:08 AM

    I agree, Windows Server 2008 is definitely fast and it's a less resource hungry than 2003. Takes the most out of my server in an efficient manner.

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  34. Good stuff.I enjoyed your comments,I believe what they are doing is great.Great job..

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    This new Windows Server boasts a set of networking enhancements that dramatically boost file serving performance, and the product can be deployed in a new, stripped-down Server Core configuration, which significantly reduces the attack surface of systems hosting certain Windows Server roles.

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  36. Definitely the best.

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  37. I don't like your template but your posts are quite good so I will check back!

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  38. How to download movies with out attacking any virus to computer?

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  39. How to control the number of users accessing a windows server system through rdesktop?

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