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We're upgrading the RAM on our developer workstations and looking to move to a 64-bit OS. We've been using Windows 7 x86, but I'm wondering about using Server 2008 R2 x64 so that developers can use Hyper-V to virtualise different setups.

Is anybody using Server 2008 R2 x64 as their workstation OS? If so, are there any issues running Visual Studio 2010, Expression Blend 4 and so on?

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I'm using Windows Server 2008 x64 R2 as a workstation OS on my laptop (8GB RAM). No issues. Bluetooth is not supported on that paltform but I don't really need it.

P.S. There is sort of an old movement on the web to turn Windows Server 2008 into a workstation OS. There are instructions on how to set it up for that scenario:

Convert your Windows Server 2008 to a Workstation!

Convert your Windows Server 2008 R2 to a Workstation!

P.S.#2. I have quite a long history of using server OSes on my personal machine:

  • First it was when Windows 95/98 was around. It had a nasty habit of freezing and crashing. One day it got on my nerves so I wiped it out and installed NT 4.0. First with 16MB RAM it was slow but then I upgraded to 32MB and it worked smoothly ever since.

  • Then it was XP which was good but still unstable. So I lived with 2003 Server on my machine for the time being.

  • Then came Vista. I installed it on my laptop and it just freaked me out. A colorful screen with many windows, all in bright colors, performance indexes, tools, toys, ads to upgrade to Ultimate. When I attempted to silence it all I quickly understood it would be a titan's work. It would have been too much for my nerves. So I wiped it out and installed Server 2008.

  • Then came Windows 7 but I didn't care to try any more...

In fact I've always lived with server OSes at home. Who's to blame if only server OSes from Microsoft qualify for a home workstation?

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+1: For developing for SharePoint 2007, Windows Server is the ONLY supported environment (because you have to develop on a machine with SharePoint 2007 installed, and it can only be installed on Windows Server). –  Ryan Hayes Feb 1 '11 at 16:03
@Ryan Hayes: I feel like you put your comment to the wrong answer. I didn't mention SharePoint. –  user8685 Feb 1 '11 at 16:25
I actually meant it for this one and was adding a comment to say yes, I've used it before for developing on SharePoint on a laptop with similar specs. I also +1'd zero95teen's answer after the comment. (I don't read all the answers before I start upvoting/commenting...maybe I should, haha). –  Ryan Hayes Feb 1 '11 at 16:31
@Developer Art, OP asks about Hyper-V and I'm unclear is this answer addresses that question. –  user179700 Aug 23 '11 at 21:12

Our dev box main OS is Windows Server 2008 x64 for the purpose of SharePoint Development. The rest of my OS box are running on VM.

Yes, we are using VS2010 and other SharePoint related tools.

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Do you run VS2010 in the VM or main OS? –  user179700 Aug 23 '11 at 21:13

I use Windows Server 2008 x64 R2 as a development workstation OS and it works great. Depending on the nature of development you are doing, you may want to enable some desktop features that are disabled by default.

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We use it on our blades, that each dev has for development. Remote in, and go. Super quick on dual cpu with 8g ram.

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