Just a heads up to what you can expect when you upgrade to Windows Server 2008 R2 (aside from all the technical things like virtualization improvements):
Win2008R2 is also known as “Windows 7 Server”, since the UI is windows 7 (unlike windows 2008 which was vista).
This means we can create “libraries” – which are virtual folders which replace the vista “search folder” with much more options.
An example is shown below – I created a virtual folder called “sharepoint files” and added the 12 hive and the office servers folders as well as the “logs” folder – and now I have an easy way to get to all three of them in windows explorer:
Bliss. Oh - can you see how I named my 2008 R2 machine?