Windows 2000 Server

Hey there, I'm wondering if Windows 2000 Server is a reasonable upgrade. Sometime last fall we had an NT Server machine break down that ran SQL Server. It was an older Pentium 4 and the motherboard was pretty much done. We put together an Core2 Quad setup and I'm wondering if I need to look into getting a newer server OS than Windows 2000 Server. We have a new copy of Windows 2000 Server that we never used. Basically the machine sits there an runs a small SQL Server database. Has a few clients log into it and also handles some backups. It would not run IIS or anything and would only be accessible locally. Locally I want to run DNS (for SQL Server) DHCP and probably Active Directory.

Do you think we need to look into something newer than 2000 server or would it be sufficient for a local server? I know security updates have ceased in 2010 for 2000 Server so don't know if that's a big worry or not so much. If we need to might get something else like Server 2008 or 2008 R2 but don't want to waste money if it isn't needed.
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  1. If Windows 2000 really suits your needs, then don't upgrade, but I'd recomened you do - just for future proof.
  2. Raptor_45 said:
    Hey there, I'm wondering if Windows 2000 Server is a reasonable upgrade. Sometime last fall we had an NT Server machine break down that ran SQL Server. It was an older Pentium 4 and the motherboard was pretty much done. We put together an Core2 Quad setup and I'm wondering if I need to look into getting a newer server OS than Windows 2000 Server. We have a new copy of Windows 2000 Server that we never used. Basically the machine sits there an runs a small SQL Server database. Has a few clients log into it and also handles some backups. It would not run IIS or anything and would only be accessible locally. Locally I want to run DNS (for SQL Server) DHCP and probably Active Directory.

    Do you think we need to look into something newer than 2000 server or would it be sufficient for a local server? I know security updates have ceased in 2010 for 2000 Server so don't know if that's a big worry or not so much. If we need to might get something else like Server 2008 or 2008 R2 but don't want to waste money if it isn't needed.


    You can try looking either into a 3rd party addons for Windows 7, or try Server 2008 R2, as it supports newer tech and is safer. Try the Server 2008 180 day trial from MS to test it before going full blown into it.
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