Windows Foundation Server 2008 has the same functionality as the full Windows Server 2008 product range except for the following limitations
- A single physical CPU – it will ignore any additional CPUs.
- 8GB RAM – it will ignore any additional RAM.
- 15 User CALs (inbuilt) – you will get a warning message on the console above this number of users.
- 50 RRAS connections.
- 10 IAS connections.
- 50 Remote Desktop or Terminal Services connections
- Cannot be virtualised.
- Cannot be used as a Hyper-V Host.
- Cannot be used as a Domain Controller where there are more than 15 accounts in the domain.
- Cannot be used as a Domain Controller where there are trust relationships in place.
Failure to comply with the above limitations may result in the server shutting down of its’ own.
Is mentioned “A single physical CPU”.
Well, what about the cores?
I’m running a test installation of Windows Foundation Server 2008 on a Citrix XenServer, but either setting two cores, the Windows Foundation Server 2008’s task manager shows only one CPU.
At the moment I have not the possibility to install it on a physical server, but any answer is welcome:
Does Windows Foundation Server 2008 use more than one core? (let’s think about a single but dual core or quad core cpu)
If yes, are the two or four cores shown in the task manager Performances tab?
Wayne Small says
Firstly Windows Foundation Server 2008 does not come with any right to be virtualised – it MUST be installed on physical hardware according to the EULA. Having said that however there is AFAIK no code that would make it NOT work. I’d check device manager and verify what APIC processor you have.
Scott Moreland says
The Foundation platform is good for small businesses but if a website or architecture component is installed that requires AppFabric it will fail outright or install with errors. There currently isn’t a version of AppFabric that can be installed on the Foundation OS.
Ivan Moore says
I have a client with a single 2008 r2 foundation server. They want to add a second server as a file server and to share some of the AD roles. Can I add a second Foundation Server to the current AD Domain, or do I need to upgrade the Servers to 2008 R2 Standard?
Wayne Small says
I’m not aware of any reason you can’t add a second foundation server to the existing network.
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