Simply put, which version of Windows Server 2008 R2 do you guys recommend for use as a workstation? Is Standard good enough or is "Failover Clustering" and other features in Enterprise/Datacenter help performance? If you vote, please explain why you prefer that version over the others.
I'm more after what is most "optimized" or "workstation-fit" version, not the one with the most un-needed features.
Example of good reasons:
- Standard: You can get a key from DreamSpark if you are a student, once R2 is available there.
- Enterprise: Has failover clustering.
Example of bad reasons:
- Standard: It is missing features.
- Datacenter: It has everything.
Here are the little "blurps" Microsoft gives for each of the editions:Windows Web Server 2008 R2:
Windows Web Server 2008 R2 is a powerful Web application and services platform. Featuring Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.5 and designed exclusively as an Internet-facing server, it offers improved administration and diagnostic tools to help reduce infrastructure costs when used with a variety of popular development platforms. With included Web Server and DNS Server roles, as well as improved reliability and scalability, this platform allows you to manage the most demanding environments — from a dedicated Web server to an entire Web server farm. Windows Server 2008 R2 - Standard:
Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard is the most robust Windows Server operating system to date. With built-in, enhanced Web and virtualization capabilities, it is designed to increase the reliability and flexibility of your server infrastructure while helping save time and reduce costs. Powerful tools give you greater control over your servers, and streamline configuration and management tasks. Plus, enhanced security features work to harden the operating system to help protect your data and network and provide a solid, highly dependable foundation for your business.Windows Server 2008 R2 - Enterprise:
Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise is an advanced server platform that provides more cost-effective and reliable support for mission-critical workloads. It offers innovative features for virtualization, power savings, and manageability and helps make it easier for mobile workers to access company resources.Windows Server 2008 R2 - Datacenter:
Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter delivers an enterprise-class platform for deploying business-critical applications and large-scale virtualization on small and large servers. Improve availability, enhance power management, and integrate solutions for mobile and branch workers. Reduce infrastructure costs by consolidating applications with unlimited virtualization licensing rights. Scale from two to 64 processors. Windows Server R2 2008 Datacenter provides a foundation on which to build enterprise-class virtualization and scale-up solutions.