Windows Server Review

A server operating system with a valuable user interface

What is our primary use case?

We use Windows Server to host applications, host files, emails, Windows server emails, and data exchange. But for the most part, we use it to host applications, directory services, and DNS services. 

What is most valuable?

I like the views in the user interface. 

What needs improvement?

It would help if Microsoft made it lighter to run on the servers and made troubleshooting much easier. I have to deal with unexpected errors and faults that happen in Windows. It also crashes. 

When it's a big environment, especially in an industrialized environment, we see unexpected errors. They create instability, or unexpected errors happen in the infrastructure. You need to restart the server or restart the services. You don't know the root cause of these errors.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been working with Windows Server for about 20 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Sometimes we have to deal with unexpected errors that create instability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Windows Server is mostly scalable. However, you run into problems if it's going to be very big. If something happens, troubleshooting it will be very difficult.

How are customer service and technical support?

Microsoft technical support is good.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is mostly straightforward. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The Windows Server standard edition is affordable. But the cost of the data center edition is high, especially compared to some competitors. Some competitors are offering their operating systems for free.

What other advice do I have?

I would tell potential customers of Windows Server that they need to study it. They need to understand their business case very well. If features are available in Windows Server, they can safely go for it, but they need to study the design very well.

On a scale from one to ten, I would give Windows Server an eight.

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**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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