Windows 7 vs. Windows Server 2008 R2

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Windows 7 vs. Windows Server 2008 R2

Post by ashleysmithd » Sun Jan 15, 2012 12:55 pm


I am building an encoder running Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder encoding an SD-SDI live stream from a Black Magic I/O card. At present it is running Windows Server 2000, but I am looking to format it next week and re-install everything from scratch, and upgrade the operating system to either Windows 7 or Windows Server 2008 R2.

Cost is not an issue, as this is part of a college project I have access to free licensed editions of most Windows operating systems.

That said, can anyone advise me as to what advantages either operating system will have over each other?

From the searching I've done so far, it looks as though Windows 7 is more geared towards desktop applications. Processing priority is higher towards the front end software. Whereas Windows Server 2008 R2 is geared more towards background services.

I'm not sure what to class encoding software as. It's a process running constantly, using a large percentage of the CPU. It's far from a Windows "Service" like IIS, however it's not like Microsoft Word or gaming software where higher priority is given to front end user instructions.

If anyone could shed some light on the matter that wold be great.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Windows 7 vs. Windows Server 2008 R2

Post by ChuckG » Sun Jan 15, 2012 7:22 pm

Here is the list of supported OS's for Adobe Flash Media Live 4.5:

Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 64 bit
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® Server 5.5 64 bit
Linux CentOS 5.5 64 bit
Windows 7 32/64 bit (for Flash Media Development Server only)

It appears the use of windows 7 is somewhat restricted to development only?
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