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Five quick links: Tips on Windows Server hardware comparison, selection

In the market for new server hardware? Get tips on Windows Server 2008 R2 hardware selection and considerations in this fast guide.

Looking to shove older server hardware out the door to make room for new machines? The hardware market is shifting and, if you're interested in running Windows Server 2008 R2, it's best to go in with the right mindset and essential knowledge.

Avoid hunting the web for conflicting information; we've compiled the top tips regarding hardware selection (including if blade servers are right for you), and pricing and pairing the right edition of Windows Server 2008 R2 with the hardware.

Plus, find out the best tips for sizing hardware that is best for virtualization.

Find additional tips, guides and more on our server hardware topic page. Plus, follow on Twitter @WindowsTT for Windows Server the latest news and information.

  1. Playing Windows Server 2008 R2 and hardware matchmaker
    Devising a good Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 hardware plan can actually help save you money in the long run. Get the lowdown on every edition Windows Server and see which one is right for you.
  2. Windows Server 2008 R2 hardware selection tips
    Ensuring that Windows Server 2008 R2 runs efficiently on new hardware takes a lot of hardware knowledge. Get started here with these hardware selection tips.  
  3. Determining what hardware you need to support virtualization
    When it comes to choosing hardware for Windows Server 2008 R2, short- and long-term virtualization strategies are important to consider. Learn why in this tip.
  4. Blade server considerations for Windows Server 2008 R2
    Should admins implement blade or rack-mount hardware for Windows Server 2008 R2? It's a tough question, with space-saving and energy requirements being major implications. We try to distill it.
  5. How do blade servers and virtualization affect your bottom line?
    Admins are wondering if blade servers used for virtualization are cost effective and fit into their budget. Read why licensing costs might shave away reasons to implement them.


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What server hardware are you running/plan to run?
Cost, flexibility.