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We are moving to virtual servers with Hyper-v and have MS W2K8R2 Data Center on the hosting servers. My question is there any reason to use Standard vs Data Center for a virtual machine that shouldn't need Data Center functionality like a print server? If I use Data Center for all my virtual machines and not enable any unneeded roles or features is there any difference in processing, memory, etc. overhead that Standard wouldn't require?

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There is no difference in (CPU/memory/...) footprint between Standard and Data Center if the same roles and features are installed.

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That is what I hoped would be the case. –  PBK Aug 1 '12 at 16:43

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