Category Archives: Windows Server 2008

A SQL Server Hardware Nugget A Day – Day 20

For Day 20 of this series, we are going to talk about some factors to consider if you are thinking about building a desktop SQL Server system for development, or testing use. I have had several questions about this subject … Continue reading

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A SQL Server Hardware Nugget A Day – Day 15

For Day 15 of this series, I am going to talk about Power Management and its effect on processor performance. I have written about this subject a couple of times before, here and here. Other people, such as Paul Randal … Continue reading

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Microsoft Support Policies for Windows Server and SQL Server

Microsoft provides ten years of support (five years Mainstream Support and five years Extended Support) at the supported service pack level for Business and Developer products, which include Windows Server and SQL Server. The term “supported service pack level” means … Continue reading

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Another Example of CPU Throttling Due to Balanced Power Plan in Windows Server 2008 R2

Here is another example CPU throttling from someone who had a server running with the default “Balanced” Power Plan in Windows Server 2008 R2 (which works the same way in Windows Server 2008).  As you can see in Figure 1 … Continue reading

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Ten Tips For Using Windows Server 2008 As Workstation OS

Microsoft’s Vijayshinva Karnure has good post up listing steps you can take to make Windows Server 2008 a little friendlier if you want to use it as a workstation OS. I have done a little testing with Windows Server 2008, … Continue reading

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Windows Server 2008 to RTM on February 6

According to this article, all SKUs of Windows Server 2008 except the ones with the Hyper-V hypervisor will RTM on February 6, which is in plenty of time for the big Microsoft launch event on February 28.  I have been … Continue reading

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Details About Microsoft.com Running on Windows Server 2008 and IIS 7.0

Microsoft’s Jeff Toews (from the Microsoft.com Operations Engineering Team) talks about how Microsoft.com has been running on Windows Server 2008 since May of 2007. They are running about 100 quad-processor, 32GB Web servers, that are geographically distributed in multiple data … Continue reading

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