Well, the short answer is no.
A colleague of mine recently ran some tests to see whether one could successfully host SharePoint 2007 on Windows Server 2008 Core Edition. Here’s what he said:
“I have done some research lately on the different configurations for MOSS on Windows 2008 and was very interested to see if MOSS can be run on Windows 2008 Core edition.
Now for those who don’t know what Windows 2008 Core edition is, it is an installation that contains the core components of Windows 2008 with no GUI. So, it is command line driven. The reasoning for wanting to use this is that, without all the extra fluffiness of Windows 2008 GUI, the operating system delivers its platform applications at a much higher speed.
But ALAS after some research it’s shown that MOSS 2007 is not supported on Windows 2008 Server Core Edition.“
SharePoint 2007 is supported on the following Windows 2008 Servers:
- Windows Server 2003/2008, Standard Edition
- Windows Server 2003/2008, Enterprise Edition
- Windows Server 2003/2008, Datacenter Edition
- Windows Server 2003/2008, Web Edition