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  • Run all compatible Windows software perfectly
  • Long term support with a 10 year support life cycle
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Windows Server 2012 Servers

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.

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Windows Software Compatibility

Long Term Release Support

Certified Support from Microsoft Vendors

Easy to use GUI

Wide Hardware Support

Key features

win2012_page_logo_blue CLOUD COMPUTING SUPPORT
Windows Server 2012 was the first version of Windows Server which was designed primarily for Cloud computing environments. The core of Microsoft’s private cloud concept is Hyper-V, first released as part of Windows Server 2008 but significantly updated in Windows Server 2012 to take advantage of the new hardware available at the time.

This allowed for the usage of up to 64 processor chips and 4TB of RAM (in Standard and Datacenter editions) - allowing for massively increased support for computing and memory clusters and much faster virtual machine migration. Hyper-V was also updated to allow for virtual software switches and to provide the tools to be part of a software defined network allowing for rapid reconfiguration of networking features.
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The VHDX format for virtual disks was first introduced with Windows Server 2012 which is more efficient and able to support larger disk sizes than its predecessor VHD.

Dynamic Access Control replaced complex ACL’s with rule base file and directory policies and is managed using Active Directory.
win2012_page_logo_blue ADVANCED COMMAND LINE FOCUS
Windows Server 2012 was the first release of Windows to emphasize command-line usage over the traditional Windows GUI desktop, and by using the ‘Core’ option on installation it is possible to forego the GUI entirely which offers a number of benefits such as smaller deployment sizes, reduced attack surface and lower resource loads.
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Due to Microsoft’s prevalence in the marketplace and the wide availability of Windows software, Windows Server 2012 can be found almost everywhere Windows software is used, ranging from small to medium enterprises, educational institutions, retail applications, airports and multi-national corporations.

WIN SERVER 2012 STRENGHTS & WEAKNESSES

Strenghts

Windows Software 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.

Visual Studio:

Perhaps the most popular IDE in the world - most functions require Windows Server for development.

Hardware compatibility:

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.

Certified Support:

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.

Long term support:

Microsoft provides security updates for Windows Server for at least 10 years.

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Weaknesses

Price:

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.

Installation:

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.

Stability & performance:

Compared to most Linux servers, Windows generally requires more reboots after upgrades and higher system resource use, resulting in worse performance and more downtime.

Compatibility issues:

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.

Frequently asked questions

+How much does Windows Server 2012 cost?

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.

+Which versions of Windows Server 2012 do you offer?

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.

+What is the release cycle of Windows Server 2012?

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.

+Is Windows Server 2012 a good desktop OS?

Users looking for a desktop OS would be better served by Windows 10, rather than running a server OS on their desktop.

+Is Windows Server good for gaming?

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.

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