Windows Server 2012 is the server version of WIndows 8, and is the sixth version of Windows Server following Server 2008 R2. Despite the majority of servers running Linux, there is still the need for many users to run Windows-only software in an enterprise data center environment. Windows Server is the perfect option in this case.Chat with a server expert
Windows Software Compatibility
Long Term Release Support
Certified Support from Microsoft Vendors
Easy to use GUI
Wide Hardware Support
As the most widely used desktop operating system on the planet, Windows is found everywhere. Whilst there is some support on Linux for .NET, using Windows Server is the only way to guarantee compatibility with all Windows software.
Perhaps the most popular IDE in the world - most functions require Windows Server for development.
Windows Server 2012 supports a huge range of hardware and CPU architectures, drivers are easy to find and Windows will run on just about any x86-64 server or desktop machine.
Microsoft provides documentation and community support through MSDN. There are certified Microsoft vendors in just about every country in the world offering a range of support subscriptions and licenses.
Microsoft provides security updates for Windows Server for at least 10 years.
Microsoft Server licensing has a reputation for being complex and expensive. For larger enterprises it is usually necessary to obtain the services of a Microsoft partner to negotiate the best pricing structure with regards to requirements.
Installing Windows Server on dedicated server hardware is usually slower and more cumbersome than with Linux. The lack of a centralized software repository, means that updates, service packs and additional software needs to be downloaded and installed separately.
Compared to most Linux servers, Windows generally requires more reboots after upgrades and higher system resource use, resulting in worse performance and more downtime.
Windows Server does not support open-source software as well as Linux does, thus popular web frameworks and languages such as PERL, CGI and PHP are generally best run on a Linux server.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard is available for $20.00 per month, and Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter is available for $125.00 per month.
We offer the Standard and Data Center editions of Windows Server 2012 R2. You also have the opportunity to install a specific version of Windows Server using our IPMI interface and your own license.
The latest version of Windows Server 2012 is R2 or service pack 2.
Updates are released frequently for Windows, which can either be installed automatically or manually, depending on settings within the Windows Update Manager.
Security updates will be provided by Microsoft for Windows Server 2012 until the end-of-life date in October 2023.
Users looking for a desktop OS would be better served by Windows 10, rather than running a server OS on their desktop.
Windows Server is designed for serving files and processes in a data center environment. It would be a good fit for running certain game servers, but is not ideal for gaming on.