Windows Server Room for Improvement

Heythem Ben Fadhel
Software Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Sometimes we face some overload on servers. You need to request one of the IT to assist as there is no way that you can do a remote session on it. They need to intervene directly on the server. It has to be done manually. We also can't intervene ourselves as there is no way to log in remotely to the servers. That's why IT needs to get involved. It's a pain point for us as all you can really do is wait.

In a future release, it would be helpful if there were more tools to help us do some performance testing. The last time we needed to look for tools online and choose some third-party tools to analyze how the application is performing. If they could instead provide us with pre-installed tools, that would be better. There are some but they don't really give you the information that we are looking for. 

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Database Administrator at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

Better integration with more platforms would be useful.

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

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 need to work on the license model for virtualization.

The solution could offer higher availability.

Users would benefit if the solution offered better management features.

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

Configuring a group policy has shown to be not very straightforward. For example, one of our assignments was to create a GPO that should block any user of opening and/or downloading an MP3/WAV file, and the same for video files. It was very confusing to find a solution that would do just that, we had to test different approches, or ven combining policies to achieve something that resambles what was asked to do. The default template in the File Server Resouce Manager isn't enough.

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Nehad Elkordi
IT Manager at Rashideen Egypt For Trade

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.

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Ahmed Kassab
SCADA/EMS System Programmer at GCCIA

I'd like to see more features and more functionality to the Microsoft operating system. The solution should be able to connect remotely and create a safer channel between the user and cloud assets, or through the internet. It's one of the biggest challenges we've had this past year. There are a lot of companies competing with each other to apply these features due to the pandemic. 

For additional features, I'd like to see something like third-party applications that would create a hub to receive a connection from outside. It would handle all types of servers to enable remote access for the user from home, so they can safely connect to the system and check in if there is an emergency. You know that the SCADA system is a critical system and you can be considered on-call and notified at any time. It would enable a remote connection rather than the need for long procedures to connect to my network. It could have a third-party authentication so we could connect to the server safely.

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

The technical updates need to be improved upon. How they are delivered isn't ideal.

Technical support in and of itself needs to be better. The experience we have isn't very good. It's hard to get timely answers to our questions.

The system needs to offer better integration capabilities.

The solution's availability could be better in future releases.

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

The initial setup could be easier. Right now, it's more difficult than it needs to be.

The solution is rather expensive and could be more affordable.

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

It would be nice if the solution was a bit cheaper. The product is a little pricey.

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

There are lots of improvements that can be brought by Microsoft, although for us Windows Server works mostly as expected. For how we're using Windows Server, security is a top priority, so when talking security, it can always be improved upon, no matter what.

Then there's the performance side, which is not bad, but we are currently looking to increase capacity and we have found that we need to enhance the hardware to get the performance we are looking for. Because of this, we are going to be refreshing the hardware and moving to new infrastructure in the next few weeks.

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

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.

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

The solution could have better security features.

The pricing is a bit high. Linux has better pricing. They should try to make their product more competitively priced.

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IT Infrastructure Manager at a consumer goods company with 1,001-5,000 employees

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 control and monitoring of all servers. If I have 200 servers, I don't need to log in to each one to configure it. I can manage them from this tool. However, this tool needs quite a lot of improvements. It's difficult to use, and they need to improve it. 

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

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 pretty good product, but it's still lacking some features like reporting because it's always a problem to have a dashboard for all your Windows machines, because Microsoft wants you to buy SCCM and all their monitoring services. The WAC is pretty nice but it still lacks some features. It would be great if they would develop it further.

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

I find ethernet configuration and implementation difficult. I would also like to see more reliable updates.

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

A lot of attacks are monitored however, there are a lot of things coming into it. This is why we need to provide more security with respect to the Linux platform. There's more security on Windows and not enough on Linux.

The licensing for the solution is expensive.

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

In terms of support, it's pretty complicated when you have to study the documentation.

It would definitely be helpful if the documentation could be more straightforward.

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Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The stability is okay, however, it could be better. It's an area that they could improve on if they wanted to.

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

The patching could be better within the solution. There are many updates, however, if you compare it with other parts of Windows, the patching has a different management structure. 

The scalability could be improved a bit. 

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

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.

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

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. 

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

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.

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Network Specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

I think integration with Linux operating systems would be a great idea, as well as focusing on the simplicity of running containers in the Linux environments. I think this would be a requirement for the next generation of applications running in .NET and Microsoft programming languages.

Microsoft should expand to integrate the Windows Server with Azure and Linux distribution to provide a simple container environment for running dockerized applications.

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

The initial setup could be simplified.

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Ayman Said
Deputy it manager at ICAPP (Americana Group)

I would like to see better integration with other operating systems. For example, when I migrate from services from Linux or Unix to Windows Server, it's hard to do. I expect it to be easier.

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IT Strategy, Management Consulting, Training and Development at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

It could be more stable. Windows has certain problems that Unix platforms don't have. It requires more administrative effort as compared to Unix. I don't know why Microsoft has not changed that. It generates a lot of trash data, so slowly and steadily, you find more and more space being utilized. There is some kind of administrative load, which doesn't happen with Unix.

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

I would like to see the security features improved in the future.

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

Windows Platforms become rather complicated. We started with the Windows Platform because they simplified it, but now, it has become quite complicated.

The administration has become quite heavy and also the specialization. 

We are a rather small factory, not a big system. We are small with a thousand employees, and we need a simplified environment.

In the next release, I would like to see the administration simplified.

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

The solution could be cheaper.

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Gervasio Alferes Caetano
Science Technician at Assembleia da Republica

In the future, there should be better protection for this solution.

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

The stability could be improved.

The scalability could also be improved.

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

I believe the solution needs to be more secure in the future.

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

The solution is easy to use mostly but some features can be hard to understand for customers.

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User with 1,001-5,000 employees

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.

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

We had some complaints about the initial setup.

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Sandar McAlister
Insolvency Practitioner and Director at McAlister & Co

I would like to see easier implementation and better customer service in the future.

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

The license model needs improvement. It would be better if the license had a longer lifetime.

This may be a feature that is already in place, but I like to see a monitoring feature for the desktop.

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Technical Director at a security firm with 51-200 employees

Windows Server could be more secure.

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Luke Wallace
Technical Solutions Architect at a tech consulting company with 51-200 employees

The price should be reduced.

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

The security is not good. Windows Server has never been secure. You have put firewalls in place and do other things such as installing anti-virus software to secure Windows, otherwise, it won't work well.

Windows will never be secure, but it should be.

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System Administrator at a insurance company with 201-500 employees

It would be better if they had more security features and fewer bugs. They can also improve their technical support.

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Volunteer - IT Department at SARC

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.

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

It could be more compatible with other platforms.

The compatibility and the ease of use are areas that I would like to see improved.

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

The solution would be better by implementing more security and integration. 

Among some of the additional features, I would like to see in the next release are more integration and security.

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IT Engineer at a printing company with 201-500 employees

The user interface could be simplified. Sometimes I feel like there are too many things going on at once. It should be easier to navigate and find the functions that I am trying to implement. 

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ASM at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees

It could be more secure. We can't compare it to other products because they have their own security and all those things. When it comes to email security, there are issues. Microsoft products used to get hacked all the time, but we're still comfortable with that.

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APAC Information Technology Digital Production Support at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

Stability-wise, there is room for improvement.

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IT manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

It could be more secure. We don't like it because if you compare it to Linux, Linux is better. 

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Luis (Abe) Ibrahim Delgado Pláter

It would be great to have support for direct USB recognition for the virtual machines. This will allow us to easily move files from a USB drive connected to our host to one of our VM's without having to mount and share a drive trough the network to move the files.

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Learn what your peers think about Windows Server. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: April 2021.
502,499 professionals have used our research since 2012.