What is our primary use case?
I've used it with government applications to integrate and install with Shine server and Fire servers, enabling remote access. For some clients, we have developed and installed an integrated solution for about 500 users and are usually 'anywhere applications.' One client is a government permit office, and they use it for GIS applications and keep track of services.
What is most valuable?
I'm quite satisfied with Windows Server. I find mutual authentication and the environment useful. Over the years, I've seen some very good improvements in the Windows Server's quality and functionality.
What needs improvement?
I find ethernet configuration and implementation difficult. I would also like to see more reliable updates.
For how long have I used the solution?
I have been using Windows Server for more than 15 years.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
When compared to the legacy Windows Server, stability has improved.
How are customer service and technical support?
Windows Server technical support is good. Over the last 15 years, I've used Microsoft technical support maybe 300 times or less, and those experiences were good.
How was the initial setup?
For the most part, the initial setup is straightforward. In my experience, about 80% of the implementations were straightforward, and about 20% were a little more difficult.
It took us about six to eight months to deploy the Windows Server for my client at the government permit office.
What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?
In our case, we primarily use Microsoft, so the cost is a lot less. But some of our customers have spent approximately $12,000 a year on the operating system license.
What other advice do I have?
Windows Server is a nice product, but it does have some small problems. I would recommend potential customers to do some research first.
It's a little more difficult to implement this operating system with functionality in the cloud. Everything, including the files and interface, keeps us in a Microsoft environment, and when moving applications to the cloud, some people might find it challenging.
They have training for all the features that Microsoft offers. Technology is evolving quickly. Although I've been in this market for 25 years, I can see that I'm getting a little bit left behind because of a lack of formal training in the new functions that Microsoft and many other companies are implementing.
On a scale from one to ten, I would give Windows Server an eight.