Windows Server Reviews

Windows Server is the #4 ranked solution of our top Operating Systems (OS) for Business tools. It's rated 4.3 out of 5 stars, and is most commonly compared to Red Hat Linux (RHEL) - Windows Server vs Red Hat Linux (RHEL)

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Real User
Database Administrator at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 28 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is Active Directory. Microsoft Exchange is very valuable for us. I am quite satisfied with the user interface. Recently, they added a new terminal window where you can SSH into Linux machines easily. The Linux… more »

How has it helped my organization?

Windows Server is well-integrated into what we do. It even integrates well with remote working tools like Teams.

What needs improvement?

Better integration with more platforms would be useful.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have always used Windows Server, although, with respect to email and Exchange, we switched to Windows from another product.

What other advice do I have?

This is quite a good product and one that I recommend. I wouldn't recommend anything that does not integrate well with remote working tools, as most people are now working remotely. We are able to manage our systems from home. Overall… more »
Reseller
System Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Jul 30 2020

What is most valuable?

The active directory that the server provides is the solution's most valuable aspect. The solution continues to improve and develop and we appreciate that it's always evolving. We've been working with the solution so long, we've seen a lot… more »

What needs improvement?

The pricing aspect of the solution needs improvement. It could be lowered. Over time, the pricing itself has fluctuated, and now, especially pricing around mobile aspects of the solution really seems to be driving everything up. They also… more »

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

If you buy a standard license, you can only buy two towards your machine. If you need more than that, you need to buy another type of licensing. It changes the cost and makes it much more expensive.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We've used different solutions in the past, however, they don't really fit with most our use cases, and we feel much more comfortable with Microsoft.

What other advice do I have?

We handle both on-prem and cloud deployments. We're in IT services, so we often sell these solutions to our clients. We use the Windows Server ourselves as well. I'd recommend the solution. It works well, however, users still have to… more »
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Nehad Elkordi
Real User
IT Manager at Rashideen Egypt For Trade
Jul 14 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable aspect of the solution is its operating system. It's just like Linux or UNIX. I'm using all the features within it and find them all quite helpful. I love using it for the DHCP server, DNS services, and using a computer to map sites on our domain.

What needs improvement?

The security should be improved, specifically from port security & Allowed protocols,The improvement should retire all marked ports & protocols as a security breach to enhance platform risks & stability . Overall, from a security perspective, Microsoft needs to improve. The Server platform GUI seems to take up a lot of resources unnecessarily.

What other advice do I have?

We're just a customers. We've been using multiple versions of the solution up to the 2016 version. I would recommend the Microsoft platform and Windows Servers in particular. It's great for implementation into any environment and is easy to use. They have enhanced some security, however, there needs more done in that respect. That said, from an efficiency, performance, business continuity, and… more »
Real User
Senior IT Specialist at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 11 2020

What is most valuable?

Every time they perform a new release, the solution gets better and better. In the past year, Microsoft has done a lot of work around security. There have been a lot of improvements made in that respect. Overall, the solution works well.

What needs improvement?

Right now what is needed on the server-side is an easier release process. Every year or every third year they are releasing a newer version and it could go smoother. The solution lacks a few features here and there. Although they've done a good job updating security, there's more to be done, and they should continue improving this aspect of the product.

What other advice do I have?

We're just a customer. We don't have a business relationship with Microsoft. We're using a standard out of the box deployment. We always update the solution to the newest possible version. We update regularly. I'd advise that new users learn about the solution before jumping in. It's always good to take a class or study up on it a bit so that you know what you can do with the server and how to… more »
Real User
IT Infrastructure Manager at a consumer goods company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Aug 28 2020

What is most valuable?

The main features that we are using are active directory, domain, and DNS.

What needs improvement?

They can simplify the utilization and control of the system when you have a lot of setups. They provided something called Windows Center or Control Center in version 2019. It's a free tool that comes with the Windows Server. You can install it on your desktop and use it. This tool simplifies the… more »

What other advice do I have?

They had an issue in version 2016 related to the slowness of update management, but they already solved it in version 2019. It was impacting batch management. The time that Windows required was a lot, but it was fixed in version 2019. That was the only issue we faced in Windows Server. Other than… more »

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There are only two options in the market: Windows and Linux. It depends on your application. If you have an application that requires Windows, you go with Windows Server. Otherwise, you go for Linux. There are not enough choices to choose from and decide.
Real User
ICT System Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees
Sep 15 2020

What is most valuable?

The most valuable part about nowadays Windows is PowerShell. They got serious and implemented a real console which was always lacking in Windows.

What needs improvement?

Compared to Linux, Windows requires a lot of restarts. If you get a CU update every month, you have to restart. Linux is better in that regard. Sometimes the PowerShell has an overly complicated syntax. I'd like to see some more features in the Windows administration kit - the WAC. It's this new product you got on the server and if you have a website you can manage your entire machine. It's a… more »

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution but it depends on the software you are going to use it on. When it's about a high performance web server, I would prefer Linux because you would choose to stick to engines as a web server and this product does not run very well on Windows, so you'd end up with Linux anyway. I would rate this solution an eight out of 10.
Real User
User with 1,001-5,000 employees
May 27 2019

What is most valuable?

We like all of the features connected with sharing resources, typical of a Hyper-V cluster manager. Several of these further stand out, including: * The ability to Hot Add resources to the VM. * The ability to work on the physical server without disconnecting services. * Provides workspaces for the entire organization with fewer resources.

How has it helped my organization?

The organization spent a lot of money buying a large number of physical machines, which made up the workspace. With a physical machine, it is easy to incur damage with hardware faults, such as the loss of a disk or another component. With a cluster environment, we obtain an HA solution.

What needs improvement?

One area that needs improvement is the management console. It seems very easy to use but it is not as powerful as those of other vendors, such as VMware. Their solution allows for operation in a more granular and simpler way. For example, there is a wizard to migrate a VM from one node to another, or from one datastore to another.
QusaiMuhammad
Real User
Volunteer - IT Department at SARC
Aug 06 2020

What do you think of Windows Server?

What is most valuable?

Windows Server is very easy to use.

What needs improvement?

The command-line interface should be improved. Using the command line is less-resource intensive so we use it sometimes. The additional RAM and CPU usage needed by the GUI is something that we were not used to after using Linux. When I switched to the command line, I found it more difficult than Linux.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Windows Server for several years, since 2013.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Windows Server is a stable operating system and I haven't had any problems with it in that regard. For example, I had ransomware on my computer and even when I was logged in as an administrator, it did not affect the server.

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