Windows Server Overview

Windows Server is the #2 ranked solution in our list of top Operating Systems for Business. It is most often compared to Windows 10: Windows Server vs Windows 10

What is Windows Server?

Windows Server 2016 is the most cloud-ready server Microsoft has ever built and includes a lot of technology that was inspired from our experience in the public cloud. It has big improvements in security, software-defined infrastructure and technologies to help developers build modern microservice-based applications, in the cloud or on-site. 

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User with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Replacing our physical servers provides HA and is less prone to hardware failure

What is our primary use case?

We started virtualizing servers to reduce the number of physical servers and to optimize the data center. We started with standalone installations of the Hyper-V server and synchronized with our virtual machine. After that, we built a cluster and all of the VMs were hosted in that environment.

Pros and Cons

  • "Provides workspaces for the entire organization with fewer resources."
  • "One area that needs improvement is the management console."
Andrew S. Baker (ASB)
Cybersecurity & IT Operations Professional (VirtualCxO) at BrainWave Consulting Company, LLC
Consultant
Top 20Popular
The improvements in live migrations have been a plus in availability

What other advice do I have?

Windows 2016 continues the trend of solid, stable, high-performing Windows Server products from Microsoft.
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John ONeill
Principle consultant at Active Data Consulting Services Pty Ltd
Real User
Top 20
I'm on a 16GB system with a 500GB SSD and I can run multiple VM's on VirtualBox, client sessions, multiple displays and so forth without any issues at all.

What other advice do I have?

TEST your applications, especially legacy applications. Most things work just fine on Windows 10, but very old applications that may have just worked under windows 7 may encounter problems. If that's the case and there's an application you absolutely must have, then consider setting up a dedicated VM with Windows 7 on it just for that application or look at replacing the ancient software. We only had one old 90's era application that wouldn't run on Windows 10, so we just replaced it and dealt with the change. The benefits of moving to Windows 10 far outweigh the costs of replacing some old…
ITCS user
Manager IT at a energy/utilities company with 51-200 employees
Vendor
Work Folder Synchronization provides offline synchronization of users’ data whether it resides in a desktop, laptop or hand-held device.

What other advice do I have?

Plan according to your environment.
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