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Given a Windows 2008 R2 Standard VM with:

  • 4x vCPU Intel Xeon E5620
  • 1GB RAM
  • 15GB HDD

What can I do to reduce the amount of CPU/RAM/HDD utilised by the OS?

  • The VM will be used exclusively as a web server, so all other functions can be considered non-essential
  • Server Core is not an option as I need to be able to use certain tools that do not have good command-line equivalent
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Don't install any unneccessary software and disable all unneccessary services, based on the roles and/or features installed on the server.

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