I need RECOMMENDATIONS of a 64 bit Operating System to run a motherboard with 4 Xeon /4 core processors with 48 GB Ram
Having bought the hardware first , the looming question now is what OS do I run it with. I need a 64 bit Operating System to run a motherboard with 4 Xeon /4 core processors with 48 GB Ram, which I purchased second hand. This is to be a stand alone workstation and not a network server. Windows Server 2008 R2 , HPC , Enterprise or Datacenter editions are among the few Operating Systems that handle multiple processors. In any case those are what the chassis maker Supermicro recommends. I understand it looks and acts much as Windows 7, and is amenable to common desktop PC software. Solaris is perhaps another option , but the file system a particular operating system uses will commit the data and applications to that platform and will not be accessible to another OS that uses a different file system.
Installation of Microsoft products can be managed with a trial edition download subject to eventual validation. Once activated I am to be the sole user. According my investigation of product activation and licensing , I need only obtain a product key enabling - 2 - licenses ( 1 per 2 processors ). So how much is this going to cost me ? I'm a Kmart sort of customer , Microsoft's Neiman Marcus pricing , costing many times what I paid for the hardware , applies to business and institutional organizations with multitudes of simultaneous users. Shopping around I'm exceedingly wary of the authenticity of what is being sold or by who or what I get for anywhere from around a hundred dollars to many thousands.