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Server 2008 R2 vs Server 2012


We have our Orion products running on Server 2003 R2 currently on an old machine (6 years old or so).  We are looking by July to go to the latest versions of things, such as SAM 6.2, NPM 11.5, etc…. My question is, if we put it on a 2008 or 2012 server, does it matter?  Do you get more functionality from things like power shell, or ease of use by going Server 2012 over 2008?  (we are currently running SAM 6.0, NPM 10.6, IVIM 1.8.1).


                I’ve searched through thwack and I haven’t noticed anything that addresses this.  I have to try to complete our plan so we can set this up by the time we get the hardware for this (around July 15th).  Is it worth convincing management of 2012?


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There is no additional functionality derived from installing SAM or NPM on Windows 2012 vs 2008. If I was in your position however I would consider all the additional fixes, improvements, and extended longevity of supportability that Windows 2012 R2 provides. Mainstream support for Windows 2008 R2 ended in January of this year, while Windows 2012 R2 still has three more years of mainstream support left. If you assume that any server you build today will likely be around for 3-5 years, I don't know why you would not want to put yourself in the best possible position of supportability that you can for the later years of the servers existence.

aLTeReGo for president!  I appreciate the information.  I certainly support 2012 either way, I don't really know why management would make this kind of thing a discussion to be honest.

In case anyone is curious, here is exactly what the types of support are.  "main stream support", "extended support", etc..  Microsoft Support Lifecycle Policy FAQ