Using SIS with Windows Server 2003

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Microsoft Windows
Single Instance Storage
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Windows Server 2003
In our environment, we have mostly Windows 2003 R2 servers. I'm wanting to implement SIS onto our file servers to hopefully create more space. However, I know SIS is not a standalone service on Win2k3 server, but I know that if you install Windows Deployment Service(aka RIS)the SIS service comes along with this. All you'd have to do is disable the Windows Deployment Service and you could then use SIS by itself. I know this works as I've tried it myself on my own personal test servers...but never on production servers at work. Do any of you have any insights on if this should work fine in a large IT production environment? Of course, I'd test this out on test servers at work as well, but didn't know if this was common practice or not. Also, I know that SIS is a standalone service on Windows Storage Server 2003 R2, but is the SIS on storage server any different than using it how I described above (with the exception of disabling the Deployment Service)? And if SIS is somehow "better" on Storage Server 2003, am I able to upgrade Windows 2k3 server to Storage Server 2003? I'm seeing conflicting information about this in my research. Thanks in advance for your help!

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