Windows Server 2012: Workstation also? — ReFS vs NT?

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    • #44650

      I’m going to use Windows Server 2012 for a file server (on-site backup):

      Concerns:

      1) I like what I have read about ReFS and why it is replacing NTFS.

      2) My questions, however, are:

      A) Should I use Server 2012 on my other Desktops (two – one for Work, the other for Website Design)?

      For use of Server 2012 on my workstations, I have some fear: http://forums.mydigitallife.info/threads/37288-Can-I-Use-windows-server-2012-as-my-desktop-OS

      I installed server 2012 yesterday and it got it up and running. Then I installed a program designed to make changes to allow this version to run as a workstation; i.e., turning on Wi-Fi, sound, and other features not normally used by a server. Some things just don’t work; SuperFetch doesn’t work and that is needed to have a ReadyBoost USB. Homegroups is nowhere to be found but it still supports the older Workgroup system of local networking. No way to use gadgets, unlike windows 8 which can be made to use gadgets. I dual boot with Windows 8 (actually triple boot with 7, 8, and 2012). Server 2012 is slightly faster than 7 or 8 but that may be because I haven’t installed all the programs I normally install. Even with all programs installed 8 is faster than 7.

      B) OK, if I use Server 2012 on the File Server only, how the heck do my files move back and forth to the Server 2012 computer – NTFS to ReFS?

      C) If I use Server 2012 on all my computers, except the Linux box, will all my programs run, will I still have a Workgroup Network, Firefox and all the stuff I have on my Workstations?

      D) If I do install Server 2012 on my Workstations (all OS/Programs are separate from files on SSD’s), what will this new OS (Server 2012) do to all my Workstation files that are in NTFS?

      Background:

      1) Although I am new to Windows Server 2012, I have been building and using computers for 25 years; Used every iteration of Windows, with NT 4.0 being my absolute favorite. 😀

      2) Run all AMD 6-Core CPU’s on ASUS mobo’s: Crosshair IV, V, and M5A97 Evo – all have 16 GB of RAM, approximately 30 TB of HDD’s – not blowing smoke just wanted you to know that hardware should not be a problem.

    • #60750
      Anonymous

      Please accept my apologies for not responding sooner. The past few nights I have been reading all day and until 3 and 4:00 am on this and other issues. As a result, I have come a long way since this post.

      Briefly, I will be using Server 2012 on my file storage/server (ReFS) and Win 8 (combination of NTFS and ReFS depending on the drives). And, yes, Win 8 can be told to use ReFS. Source: MS Beta Testers and Technicians – and lots of r-e-a-d-i-n-g. Dead tired as a result.

      Using Server 2012 on a Workstation is an absolute Fool’s Errand – square peg in a round hole. I’m not saying it can’t be done. I’m just saying that I’m not a kid or a hobbyist with too much time on his hands or someone who wants to show off by proving it can be done.

      As for

      Ugh I hate AMD.

      I can respect that. It would, however, be more appropriate to say

      I choose not to use AMD.

      I could say

      I hate Apple.

      I don’t. Never used Apple. I just choose to avoid proprietary software in hermetically concealed boxes. Been building electronics since I was very young and l like to be hands on and customize. But “Hate Apple”. Nope. It’s just not for me.

      Thanks for lengthy and informative response. You have a good mind. 🙂

    • #60751
      Anonymous

      @incurablegeek wrote:

      Using Server 2012 on a Workstation is an absolute Fool’s Errand – square peg in a round hole. I’m not saying it can’t be done. I’m just saying that I’m not a kid or a hobbyist with too much time on his hands or someone who wants to show off by proving it can be done.

      I must reply that this statement is ridiculous, especially given the forum you’re posting it on!

      Using Windows Server as a workstation is very easy because there is an $OEM$ pack for installation and a converter tool, both available on this forum.

      There are some small number of compatibility problems people find. But they are infrequent and usually have workarounds. The biggest problem I’ve seen is bluetooth not working, and that isn’t such a big problem! You can avoid Windows Server if you need bluetooth.

      Further guides for configuration and a list of application compatibility problems and workarounds are also available on this forum.

      PS: I’m skeptical of ReFS because I don’t read about professionals using it, and I don’t read about Microsoft updating it. I think it may be just enough to help sell Windows Server, but not enough for serious business to use. I don’t know this for sure, though.

    • #60752
      Anonymous

      I must reply that this statement is ridiculous

      I sincerely thank you for pointing up the obvious.

      Given the chaos of Microsoft and its complete lack of coherent direction, I am moving everything to open source, specifically Linux. To ease the migration, though, I will stick with Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit for awhile as it has proved to be quite a nice operating system.

      But the question of

      Windows Server 2012: Workstation also? — ReFS vs NT?

      is really, really ridiculous. But then I asked that question way back when I was much younger. 🙂

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