Windows Server Primary Use Case

HB
Software Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We have the product that my team works on and we need to, for example, deploy the solution on running servers. That way, the client can access it and the QAs in our team could test it.

Also, we have some database servers other than the Windows Server. We use it for servers - indicators for better pages for better performance. We create the databases actually. 

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Systems Engineer at a educational organization with 11-50 employees

The solution is mainly used if you have a lot of solutions that integrate with Microsoft products. The usage varies. It depends on what you want to do with it. If you want to use it for integrating for web services or integrating for OS with some of your net applications, or your C-Sharp type of environments, then Windows is your go-to.

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KH
Data Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use Windows Server to host all of our Windows-specific applications, such as Active Directory. We also use it for our systems that are running Microsoft SQL Server, since it used to be dependent on Windows. That is no longer necessary because we have an option to run it on Linux, as well.

Our infrastructure includes systems from Microsoft, Linux, and IBM.

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IT at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees

A couple of years ago we migrated from the 2008 to the 2012 version and we are currently in the process of trying to migrate our applications to that of 2019. We use Windows 10 for OS. We're researching z/OS, which is actually Linux based, to see how well it works with Windows applications. 

When it comes to the SQL server, we have separate application and database servers, the latter which is also on Windows Server 2012. This means that we have a couple of applications in which we hosted in IIS and Windows Server 2012. Consequently, we have quite a collection of Windows 2012 that are currently running in our data center. 

For the moment, we are not making use of the solution in our environment but looking into how we can have a license free OS that can both work with lower machines and function very well.

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SK
Founder at a non-profit with 1-10 employees

We are using this solution as a server operating system.

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LG
System Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

Most of the time we use it for user account access. We also deploy Microsoft on machines that must run on Windows. Beyond that, we use it for the remote desktop, and obviously for its mobile Microsoft features.

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Computer engineering student at a educational organization with 501-1,000 employees

I primarily use the solution for college assignments.

We are using it just to learn how to configure all the options that Windows Server provides for the active directory and basically all the necessary configurations. It's for enterprise infrastructure, so to speak. We are mainly focusing on group policy and remote authentication, the main controller, and all the functionalities that a Windows server provides through the access directory.

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PR
Platform Manager at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

We primarily use the solution for a variety of tasks including active directory servers, exchange servers, hosting applications, running insurance apps, and SQL databases. A whole gamut of things. 

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IT Manager at Rashideen Egypt For Trade

It's a platform, so it brings on a system for the servers themselves. I have multiple services running over Microsoft Servers, for example.SAP, Exchange . All of my services already running are running over this platform.

I also using it occasionally for application access.

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SCADA/EMS System Programmer at GCCIA

Our primary use case is for the SCADA system, for the ITS system, and for the station system. I'm a system programmer and we are customers of Microsoft.

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MS
Head of Technical Support at a real estate/law firm with 51-200 employees

Mostly we use the product for file sharing, and then for database applications. That's about it. We're not running cloud services and other things. 

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Sr. System and Storage Administrator at a government with 51-200 employees

We primarily use the solution for our different applications.

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KM
SAP Architecture Manager at a consultancy with 11-50 employees

The solution is used both as a security measure and basically for all operating systems which are mostly for the ERP systems. They need to be installed in a Windows Server so that it has a link to the domain. It makes it a secure network.

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DM
ICT Manager at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We primarily use the solution on our DNS network. It's the de facto operating system in our organization.

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Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We are primarily using the solution as a domain controller for user authentication and a DNS server.

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NL
Executive Personal Assistant at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We are using Windows Server 2016 for our organization's backend applications which reside in a data center. HP provides us with our Windows platforms, and we also have Unix platforms from them as well.

We have been using Windows environments since I joined my organization, which is close to 20 years now. Currently, we're doing what you can call a hosted private cloud with colocation and we are running some huge workloads using Windows Server in this cloud.

From our side, the organization's 2800 end users are mostly running Windows 10 in a highly virtualized environment. So whenever we need more resources, it takes just a couple of minutes to get it up and running.

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PM
Senior IT Specialist at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We're primarily using the solution mostly for the file server and communication and so on.

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NK
Senior IT Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees

We typically use the solution for hosting applications, which is more related to Visual Studio and other similar items.

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MH
Responsable TUIC at a educational organization with 1,001-5,000 employees

We primarily use the solution for the domain controller.

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CM
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The solution is very useful if the company doesn't want open storage, OS. In those cases, we usually recommend customers to use Microsoft services. Most of the time it's actually the client who gives us advice on what kind of OS they want to use and they will just ask for the quotation. 

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GK
Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The solution is basically an operating system for business. We use it for business purposes. that's it.

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Sales Manager at INFOSEC

We primarily use the solution in order to manage clients, the CRM, or ERP (such as SAP), or such applications as Microsoft Dynamics. We use it for a variety of things. 

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MP
ICT System Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

I'm an ICT system engineer and we are customers of Microsoft. 

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AR
Operations Director / Business Critical Solutions Architect at a outsourcing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

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.

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GM
IT Infra Head at a consumer goods company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We are primarily using the solution for implementing some of our applications.

The applications that are running are very easy to handle. Most of the applications are on the Linux environment, as well.

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KH
Principal Consultant at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

Our use cases are usually data and analytics. We are building platforms for our clients to exploit their data. We are building the data curation. 

Also, the analytics for the front end, and the presentation of the data for the end-user.

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YL
Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We primarily use the solution as a database.

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DG
Cloud Service Director at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

We primarily use the solution for the Arctic directory, SharePoint, or the Information System's company.

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MV
Team leader technical support at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees

We use Windows Server as the endpoint solution and for hosting our enterprise applications.

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VJ
System Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We are primarily using Windows Server for monitoring purposes.

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System Administrator at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees

We upgraded to 2019 and use this as our operating system for our domain controller, for our file server, and for running our ERP. We're also run our ERP on  Microsoft Dynamics.

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System Administrator and DevOps Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

We use this solution to install and use applications on it.

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CA
Owner and business consultant at networks srl

We used Windows Server for file sharing and centralized authentication.

We stopped using Microsoft Server in 2012 due to hardware failure and licensing costs. For these reasons, we decided to move to open-source solutions.

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RU
Senior Solutions Architect at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees

Windows Server can be used for various mission-critical applications, such as SAP, web servers, SQL databases, and hosting. Various security applications, for example, Symantec or McAfee, all need Windows Servers as the back end to operate. Additionally, this solution can be used to build up a Failover Cluster.

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MA
Senior System Engineer at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees

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. 

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GD
Lead Solutions Architect - International Projects at a media company with 501-1,000 employees

We have an asset management system from a vendor that requires Windows Server. That's where the old content of customers is being stored.

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Solution Architect at KIAN company

We use it to implement and configure Active Directory environments for organizations. Projects can be related to running WS systems as well as implementing and performing System Center Configuration Manager, assisting the OM, Operation Manager, and monitoring.

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KC
CEO South East Asia at a engineering company with 10,001+ employees

We primarily use the solution for many purposes, the Active Directory, SQL, web server, and many other features.

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OL
Technical and Project Manager Industrial Directorate EES CLEMESSY at a construction company with 10,001+ employees

We have many brands that we use here in our firm. As an example, we use Dell for our Laptops, we use Lenovo, we use IBM for our computers, Cisco for our switches, and Microsoft.

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AL
GM: Information Systems at a logistics company with 501-1,000 employees

We are using Windows Server on virtual machines running off-premise.

This operating system for business can be useful for personal documents or any daily or routine stuff.

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SM
Global Head ICT (CITP & MIE) at The Aga Khan Academies

We are using this solution for all of our on-premise application servers. The latest version is Windows Server 2019, but we are using Windows Server 2016. We haven't felt the need to upgrade it.

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SK
Senior Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

We are using Windows Server as an operating platform. It's an Operating system.

We host our products on the Windows Server.

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KG
Associate Manager at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees

We use the solution as a server OS. Due to security reasons, we have created some virtual machines instead of on-premise deployments and we are writing SQL queries.

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WK
IT Infrastructure Engineer at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees

I primarily use Windows Server as a hypervisor, running Hyper-V.

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CB
organizator informatike at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use these servers for databases and applications.

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GC
Science Technician at a government with 201-500 employees

We use the solution as a server for our information at our company.

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ST
Vice President at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The solution is a general server, It can be used for any of the products that you want to create or use. For example, it can be used for application server deployment and web applications. It can be used for everything.

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LS
Director of Information Technology at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees

We use it for our servers. We have Windows 2012 and Windows 2016. We are not on the latest version, but we are almost there. 

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MC
Line Technical Agent at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use this solution as our operating system.

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Assistant Manager – IT Infrastructure at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees

Most of our computers have the Windows Server operating system, and all of our applications are running on it.

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IT Support Executive at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees

We use the solution as a typical server for our organization.

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WT
Head of Major Account Sales Operation 1 at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use the solution for managing data base applications for client monitoring.

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Data Analytics and Business Intelligence Manager at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

We hosted servers on the solution. We installed programs and services on it such as Azure, an ERP product.

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GG
IT Production Engineer at a real estate/law firm with 501-1,000 employees

We use Windows Server for hosting web pages, our SQL databases, and other things.

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DS
System and DBA at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use this solution to run several personal applications and enterprise applications.

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MP
Solution Director at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

We are using Windows Server locally for our DNS.

We are implementers, and we perform this service for our clients.

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DS
Technical Director at a security firm with 51-200 employees

We are in the waste logistics industry and we are using this product as the central server for our file systems. The SQL server is running on top of this.

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LW
Technical Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

We primarily use Windows Server for Citrix desktops and domain controllers.

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Telecommunication Department Head at Qarun Petroleum Company

We use it for a system that we have in our company. We are using Windows Server 2016.

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AA
Senior Security Operation Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

This solution can be used for a lot of things, such as email, file servers, authentication, network access protocol, DNS, active directory, and accessing the main controllers.

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OK
System Integration Engineer at a computer software company with 1-10 employees

We use this solution for virtualization and the remote desktop.

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TC
Information Systems Infrastructure Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use this solution for business applications.

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DB
System Administrator & IT Specialist at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

We are using it mainly for Active Directory, Exchange Servers, and file services.

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SL
System Administrator at a insurance company with 201-500 employees

We use it for the operating system.

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AB
IT System Engineer at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

We use this solution for many purposes, such as managing user accounts in Active Directory, storage, hosting applications, and remote server access.

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VG
Regional Head Customer Experience at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

We have many applications which require Windows Server, such as SQL Server and an application server that acts as a middle layer.

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NS
Network Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use Windows Server as our certified server for compatibility.

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RK
Software Test Engineer at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees

The solution is primarily used to deploy applications into the cloud and as remote information storage. Additionally, it is useful for test purposes. 

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JH
IT Engineer at a printing company with 201-500 employees

We use this solution for common management and group policy management. Within our organization, there are between 300 to 400 people using this solution and we intend to expand and continue using Windows Server in the future.

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AA
ASM at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees

We're using it primarily for domain control, additional domains, and servers. Everything is used under the Windows platform.

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CL
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

We use a variety of applications that are hosted on our Windows Server.

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AV
Information Systems Computer System Controller at a insurance company with 11-50 employees

We are providing services to our clients using this solution.

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SS
Software Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

I use this solution for running applications that my clients use.

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RP
IT Specialist at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

I am using this solution for a databases server running Azure.

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JA
Cloud Infrastructure Engineer at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

We are using the solution as a web server.

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NMS Service Automation & RPA Technical Lead at Vodafone

We use this solution as an operating system to run applications, such as Microsoft SQL.

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User

We use this solution for the deployment of virtual machines on Hyper-V.

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MH
Junior Software Engineer at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

We use it to deploy any product.

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Learn what your peers think about Windows Server. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: June 2021.
521,189 professionals have used our research since 2012.