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    Windows OS choice for VPS


    I am currently playing with VPS's and deciding which OS to use.

    My main concern is the memory usage.
    I am keen to user Server 2008R2 (64bit only), but does it use a fair bit more Ram than Server 2008 32bit?

    Many thanks,

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    I would recommend going 2008R2 as it is the latest and greatest. I haven't compared memory usage specifically side by side on both the mentioned OS's but you shouldn't see a difference.

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    How much RAM does your VPS come with?
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    +1 for Windows server 2008 R2. It does consume bit more RAM but RAM is cheaper these days and it wouldn't be make much difference in costs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DanGB View Post
    My main concern is the memory usage.
    I am keen to user Server 2008R2 (64bit only), but does it use a fair bit more Ram than Server 2008 32bit?
    Windows 2008 R2 uses about 500MB memory with IIS & DNS installed.
    I would not choose Windows 2008 even if it uses less memory. Hyper-V SSD VPS USA London Singapore
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    Thannks guys. My current home server runs 512mb no problem running server2008 32bit with some applications. My vps will either be 512 or 1GB and I may run a mail server and more sites on it.
    My concern is server2008 R2 being newer will naturally consume more ram plus extra overhead being 64bit?

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    I would never suggest Windows with less than 1GB, and you'd be safer with 2GB. It costs more, yes, but it's the difference between sluggish/down sites, and sites that are online and peppy.
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