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    Windwos server web edition?

    I'm buying a new web server for the company. Right now, it has the compay web site, and an active ftp site. I am considering buying the "Web Edition" of server 2003. http://www.cdw.com/shop/products/def...spx?EDC=584812

    It sure would be nice to saye the money, but I'm a little worried about hidden gotchas that always seem to pop up in the "limited" versions of MS products. I've read the documentation and I didn't come across any deal-breakers, but I thought I would ask here if anyone has any direct experience.

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    Re: Windwos server web edition?

    The biggest "gotchas" that I've heard of are that you can not run SQL Server on a Win 2003 Web Edition box and you can not use it as a Domain Controller. Assuming that you have another SQL Server box and Domain Controller and that you're going to use the Web Edition mainly as a web server, you should be OK.

    Update: Straight from the horse's mouth - http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003...w/web.mspx#EDAA

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    Re: Windwos server web edition?

    Yeah, you really can't run _any_ server applications on it. That could be a problem if you have an unexpected need to move an application. For my purposes though, The server will be in a DMZ network and wouldn't be usefull for anything but internet services.

    One worry is that a more robust ftp setup may not be included on the "allowed" list. On the other hand, Sharepoint can run on it.

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    Re: Windwos server web edition?

    If you are going to be ordering soon, you ought to make sure that you will be able to get a free update to Win 2003 R2. It just RTM'd last week. I don't think it is being shipped on new servers yet and is not a free update to existing servers.

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    Re: Windwos server web edition?

    I checked with my reseller. Aparently no free updates for R2. Just Software Assurance updates.

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    Re: Windwos server web edition?

    Then, unless you are in a big hurry I'd wait 30 - 60 days so you get R2. I am a little surprised as often MS (or an OEM) will give upgrades for free when you order software after a new version is RTM'd but not yet 'in the wild'.

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    Re: Windwos server web edition?

    My reseller said that NO R2 was being planned for the "Web Server" edition. I haven't confirmed this, however. Unfortinately, I have a purchasing deadline so I can't wait it out past the end of the year.

    And, there's at least an even chance that the web server will end up running Suse Linux or something before too long, so it may be irrelevant if the server isn't running the latest version.

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    Re: Windwos server web edition?

    <hr>there's at least an even chance that the web server will end up running Suse Linux or something before too long<hr>
    I have a hard time understanding why the company would want to pay for the Windows license if they don't intend to use it, or if that's a possibility. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20> Seems more cost effective to get a box and install Suse on it if that's the likely end result.
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    Re: Windwos server web edition?

    Because I'm the guy that makes that decision, and I haven't made it yet.

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    Re: Windwos server web edition?

    I think the main purpose of the Web edition is to proivde a cost-effective OS license for web-server boxes in a distributed server environment. For boxes that will ONLY serve as the front-end web server and nothing else. This assumes that the database, domain controller, and even application functionality will live on other boxes.

    Just my 2 cents <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Windwos server web edition?

    I'll grant you this: Windows would be easier to set up and maintain. If you or someone on your staff is comfortable with linux, then consider saving the pennies and going without Windows. Server 2003 is very robust and secure, so it may be worth spending the money for the peace of mind - if it does what you need it to.
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