Indeed why not.
After asking around and receiving some good feedback I decided to apply for the Go Live licence and install Windows Server 2008 in our servers.
On this virtual machine I tried the migration to SQL 2005 and the upgrade to Windows Server 2008.
I tested it during three weeks, finding some problems during the experiment - breaking things, restoring the virtual HD file and trying again.
After all those tests I finally had the confidence to go for it on the real box. The total upgrade took about two hours on the actual machine (a dual proc Xeon 3 GHz box).
My first impression is how responsive the UI is. Also it looks like Windows Vista in many aspects and it's easy to use. There are some new features that I will be trying soon. The next thing I notice is that pages are actually faster now - to create and load.
For Microsoft this is another showcase: Geekzone is now one of the top 15 New Zealand websites in number of unique browsers, which is a good traffic to try the new OS.
The plan now I to leave the server alone for a couple of weeks, to allow it to "settle down" and make sure we don't run into anything strange on the standard install.
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