Your name: Dave Vantine
Company name: Creative Computing - Certified Microsoft Partner. Support Small Business customers mostly in the RI area. Installing and maintaining servers and desktops.
Your geographic location (country): USA
Project Name/Description: Windows Server 2008 Deployment with SQL 2005 and Terminal Services
Objectives of the project: Deploy SQL Server 2005 on Windows Server 2008 x64 for a third party application to be installed by the software vendor
Are you piloting or deploying the products: Deploying
Products used in project: Windows Server 2008 with Terminal Services and SQL 2005
Were the objectives stated at the beginning satisfied? Yes
What were the advantages of doing this deployment? This was a project that was created due to a software requirement to implement a line of business system that was being deployed. We wanted to use the latest available technology including x64 to make sure we had plenty of room and time for expansion down the road. We also wanted to gain the advantages of administration that are inherent in Windows Server 2008 over other operating systems.
What do you think about the product? I Love it! I think it is much more stable and secure product. I love the interface. All the additional features in logging, performance, security, maintenance. It installs easily. It installs what you need and only what you need. What's not to like about it? It is great.
What do you think about the IT Pro Momentum Program? I think it is a great opportunity for people. I was well into the process when I stumbled on the opportunity but I think it is a great program. With small companies like mine, there often are not resources for labs but it is nice to have all the software and support forums available through the momentum program.
Anything else you care to share? My experience with Windows Server 2008 is that it takes much less time than other operating system to setup and deploy. The UAC stuff does not bother me. In fact, I kind of like it because I know I am being protected.