Windows Sever 2012 Versions Comparison

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I wanted to setup a server connection of my own, but I am a little bit confused about the servers and don’t know which version of Windows Server 2012 would be appropriate for me. Can you tell me a little about the Windows Server 2012 and its different editions?

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Windows Sever 2012 Versions Comparison

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Windows server 2012 (also available as Windows Server 2012 R2 with some minor updates) is an OS belongs to Microsoft. It is a server edition of Windows 8

Minimum system requirement for this server OS is [ 1.4GHz clock speed, 512 MB RAM, 32 GB Disc Capacity]

There are four editions of Windows Server 2012

  1. Foundation
  2. Essentials
  3. Standard
  4. Datacenter

I am going to describe features of each edition separately

FOUNDATION

  • Ideal for cost efficient all-rounder server
  • Essential server functionality without Virtualization Rights
  • Limited to 15 users only
  • Limited to 32 GB of Memory RAM

ESSENTIALS

  • Generally, it is setup in small companies
  • Essential Server functionality without Virtualization rights
  • Limited to 25 users only
  • Maximum RAM capacity is 64 GB

  STANDARD

  • Can be Used in lightly virtualization Environments or Non-virtualized
  • All aspects, with two Virtual instances
  • Number of users depends on processor and Client Access Licensing
  • Up to 4 TB of RAM

DATACENTER

  • Ideal for Highly Virtualized private cloud environments
  • All aspects with unlimited virtual instances
  • Larger number of users among all the server editions
  • RAM is up to 4GB
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Windows Sever 2012 Versions Comparison

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Windows Server 2012 is the fifth release of the Windows Server series of server operating systems. Codenamed “Windows Server 8”, it is the server version of Microsoft Windows 8 and succeeds Windows Server 2008 R2. Among its enhancements include overall upgrades in storage infrastructure and cloud computing. During its development, Microsoft released two pre-release versions: a developer preview and a beta version.

Windows Server 2012 was made available to the public for purchase beginning in September 4, 2012. It includes the following enhancements and more:

  • GUI or graphical user interface – the operating system was created with the Metro design language that’s why it looks and feels like Windows 8 except if you install it in Server Core mode. Administrators can switch between Server Core and the Server with a GUI options without the need of a full reinstallation.
  • Address management – Windows Server 2012 has an IPAM or IP address management role for discovering, auditing, tracking, and managing the network’s IP address space.
  • Hyper-V – it includes Hyper-V 3.0 which offers a scalable, virtual extensible switch that lets a virtual network to extend its functionality in ways that were difficult or not possible to achieve in previous versions.
  • File system – Microsoft added the ReFS or Resilient File System for file servers.

Windows Server 2012 doesn’t support Itanium-based computers unlike its predecessors. It is available in four editions: Foundation, Essentials, Standard, and Datacenter.

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