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VJ
System Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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Top 20
Easy to set up and has good file sharing protocols, but the event logging and reporting need improvement

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable features are the file transfer protocol (FTP) and the secure file transfer protocol (SFTP)."
  • "The reporting, event logging, and event management functionalities need to be improved."

What is our primary use case?

We are primarily using Windows Server for monitoring purposes.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are the file transfer protocol (FTP) and the secure file transfer protocol (SFTP). These are both used for file sharing.

What needs improvement?

The reporting, event logging, and event management functionalities need to be improved.

Windows Server needs more applications from the monitoring and backup perspective. These are not incorporated yet. In previous versions, the backup software was available, but not now.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Windows Server for 10 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There are bugs that appear but Microsoft provides updates that can rectify the bugs or expand the number of features.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Most of the features are scalable. Windows 2016 and 2019 may be more scalable, but we have not recently upgraded the infrastructure.

Our customer has a small number of people using Windows Server. 

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

We began with using Windows Server and we are still using it. We are looking to migrate to Linux as well, but it depends on the infrastructure and the types of licenses. Microsoft recently began including lots of applications that require licenses, where they were not needed previously.

We are also using Ubuntu Linux and CentOS, which are open-source solutions.

Certain tools are easier to use, depending on whether you are using Linux or Windows.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is straightforward and our deployment was completed in three months.

When we implement this solution, we start in a development environment and then move it to production.

What about the implementation team?

Our in-house team performed the deployment.

The number of staff required for maintenance depends on the environment, infrastructure, and the type of activity that is being done.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Cliff Matonda
System Administrator at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Reliable, commonly known and used, and scalable

Pros and Cons

  • "Windows Server is most commonly used and practiced."
  • "Often, we get updates that affect productivity."

What is our primary use case?

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.

What is most valuable?

Windows Server is most commonly used and practiced. It is compatible with what we are running. You can run Dynamics on Linux or other operating systems, but our clients commonly use Windows Server, Microsoft products, and Office 365.

What needs improvement?

Often, we get updates that affect productivity. It's the way they do the updates.

After an update has been done, Microsoft notifies us that there is a problem.

It is not practical to have a test environment. There should be an easier process, as currently, it's a bit tedious. They should find a way of proving or revamping this procedure. It should be very fast.

When you are running Windows and Microsoft, you will see an error message regarding ransomware and suggest the security is up-to-date, but the update always affects the operating system. Most of the issues we have are when we apply security updates or critical updates, which will affect the operating system, the production environment, and your business.

It is recommended to have a test environment, run it on the test environment to make sure that it is working well then put it in the production environment. This is a tedious process. Most of the time, people just take a risk and just apply it without doing the test.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Windows Server for more than 10 years.

We are using Windows 2019, 2016, and 2012.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It's a stable solution.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Windows Server is scalable.

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

We are also using Exchange version 2016, and Windows 10.

What other advice do I have?

With a proper deployment, Windows Server is good.

I would rate Windows Server an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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HimanshuTejwani
System Administrator and DevOps Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Great UI, easy to use, straightforward deployment, and many applications available

Pros and Cons

  • "This solution is very user friendly, easy to use for any system administrator, simple to deploy applications, has a wide range of applications available, great UI, and takes less technical skills to operate than some other competitors."
  • "When it comes to the performance of this solution others are slightly better such as Linux."

What is our primary use case?

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

What is most valuable?

This solution is very user friendly, easy to use for any system administrator, simple to deploy applications, has a wide range of applications available, great UI, and takes less technical skills to operate than some other competitors. Additionally, the active directory has great functionality, if we want to integrate any assets, then we can easily do it.

What needs improvement?

When it comes to the performance of this solution others are slightly better such as Linux. This solution promotes its services only, in some of the integrations, it does not support external ones. 

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for the last three years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable and the updates are done automatically. I have not had any major critical issue, but if there was, there is a big online community we can find a solution that is great. Otherwise, it is supported by Windows diagnostic within the software.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have approximately 45 users using the solution in my company.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support for Microsoft is very good.

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

We use Windows Server and Linux, they have different strengths and weaknesses in use cases. Linux feels a little lighter than this solution.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is straightforward, there is not any difficulty and took approximately 35 minutes.

What about the implementation team?

We did the implementation ourselves and a single person can do the deployment.

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

There is a license for this solution and the price could be cheaper.

What other advice do I have?

We are going to continue to use the solution and I recommend it to others.

I rate Windows Server a ten out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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MK
Cyber security manager at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Quick and easy installation with good troubleshooting abilities

Pros and Cons

  • "The features that I have found most valuable are that it is quick with an easy installation and has good troubleshooting compared to Linux or any other operating system."
  • "I would like to see better updates and for it to support other applications"

What is our primary use case?

Windows Server is deployed both on-premises and on cloud.

What is most valuable?

The features that I have found most valuable are that it is quick with an easy installation and has good troubleshooting compared to Linux or any other operating system.

They provide updates and patches in a timely manner.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see better updates and for it to support other applications

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Windows Server since the inception of the company.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Windows Server is stable. It is just that the updates and other things do sometimes break. The updates are fast so maybe everything is my issue with the legacy applications.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Windows Server is scalable. We have around 300 to 500 users on it.

How are customer service and technical support?

Customer support is okay, but I believe it would be much better if they supported other applications. The challenge with them is they will say that you have installed some applications that they cannot support. So the blame game is there in that case and it is not a Microsoft issue or an application specific issue. So we have to fiddle around with that.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is easy. It took 10 to 15 minutes.

We had a technical team of around 10 people for the deployment and maintenance.

What about the implementation team?

You can do it by yourself or with the help of the consultant or integrator, it depends on the configuration you need.

What other advice do I have?

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

My advice to anyone considering Windows Server is, if they don't have any other choice then they can use it. If they have a choice then they should go for an alternate solution because in the longer run they can save a lot of money in licensing.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
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RB
Software Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Easy to deploy, simple to set up and stable

Pros and Cons

  • "The scalability is okay."
  • "The solution should be less expensive."

What is our primary use case?

We are using this solution for some database applications.

What is most valuable?

The solution is mostly stable. 

The scalability is okay. We just need to get the correct edition of the Server.

The initial setup is easy and the deployment is fast.

What needs improvement?

There are some limitations around scalability.

The solution should be less expensive. Linux options are far less costly.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using the solution for five years, at least, in this company.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The product, for the most part, is stable. I would say the hardware will cause some issues before the operating system.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In terms of hardware, it is scalable, if we can increase the hardware resources. We are not using the data center version of the OS. We're just using the standard version.

We have around 30 people using the solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

I haven't dealt with technical support. So far we haven't escalated anything as our installation is very simple.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not overly complex. It is basically like any other Windows operating system. It's fairly straightforward.

The implementation only takes about 30 minutes. 

We have a team of three in the IT department that can handle deployment and maintenance. 

What about the implementation team?

We did not need any integrator or consultant. it's very easy for a company to handle by itself. 

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

The pricing could be more competitive.

We only pay a one-time fee and do not have to continuously pay monthly or yearly.

What other advice do I have?

I'm a customer and an end-user.

We are still using 2012, and we're planning to upgrade to 2019.

I'd rate the solution a nine out of ten.

I would recommend the solution to other organizations. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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CA
Owner and business consultant at networks srl
Real User
Top 5
A stable solution for file sharing and centralized authentication

Pros and Cons

  • "Compared to other solutions, the ease of administration is great."
  • "If the service could be better integrated with the Azure Cloud, I think it would be a plus for Windows."

What is our primary use case?

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.

What is most valuable?

Compared to other solutions, the ease of administration is great. 

What needs improvement?

In regard to the next release, I would like to see a more scalable solution. I would also like to see any future developments on the market because there was a time when most companies would run away from centralized authentication systems, like Active Directory — they moved to cloud solutions. If the service could be better integrated with the Azure Cloud, I think it would be a plus for Windows.

For how long have I used the solution?

I used Windows Server from 2003 until 2012.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Windows Server is absolutely stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

I can't comment on the scalability as we were only using two to three servers and we never attempted to scale out any further.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is okay. As I have a special relationship with them, It's quite easy for me to get a hold of them. 

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

I started with FreeBSD, then moved to Solaris. Right now I am only using and recommending Linux.

How was the initial setup?

The installation was easy compared to other operating systems, but the documentation part took longer than usual because I typically specialize in Linux-based operations.

What about the implementation team?

I usually handle the implementation myself. If I encounter a specific issue then I may have to apply for a consultant.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of eight. If your environment requires it, I would absolutely recommend Windows Server.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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RU
Senior Solutions Architect at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
High performance, scalable, and straightforward installation

Pros and Cons

  • "If everything is configured correctly this solution provides high performance. Building a Failover Cluster is comparatively much easier in Windows Server than any of the Linux-based solutions."
  • "They should release a command-line version of the solution."

What is our primary use case?

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.

What is most valuable?

If everything is configured correctly this solution provides high performance. Building a Failover Cluster is comparatively much easier in Windows Server than any of the Linux-based solutions.

What needs improvement?

They should release a command-line version of the solution.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately 15 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Windows Server is stable. However, there is some maintenance required for smooth operations.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution can easily scale.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is straightforward and takes approximately one hour.

What about the implementation team?

If the server environment is large I would advise using an integrator. We have a team that does the maintenance of the solution which is important because it is used for mission-critical applications.

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

The solution could improve by changing the licensing model. In Windows Server 2008 they provided two versions, one regular and the other was free with no graphics. In Windows 2012 they stopped providing the free version. They should go back to the previous model and let customers have the choice whether they want to opt for a free version or have the Microsoft supported version or the OEM version.

If you choose Windows Server on-premises, you will receive a perpetual license and there is also a subscription license option. For the cloud version, there are several options available, such as a monthly subscription.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others.

I rate Windows Server a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
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Maan Othman
Senior presales consultant at Waseela
Reseller
Top 5Leaderboard
A server operating system with a valuable user interface

Pros and Cons

  • "I like the views in the user interface."
  • "It would help if Microsoft made it lighter to run on the servers and made troubleshooting much easier."

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.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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