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Likelihood to Recommend

Oracle Linux

If you are going to deploy Oracle on an Intel or AMD based server then Oracle Linux is by far your best choice. The operating system is built and packaged from the ground up to be the single best and easiest OS for running an Oracle database. But while it may be a custom solution, it's probably 98% or more the same as Redhat and CentOS from an OS admin point of view - so easy to hire resources as any Linux admin can work with Oracle Linux with almost zero changes to their existing practices.
Bert Scalzo | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windows Server

Any environment that uses Microsoft software and hardware should run with a Windows Server infrastructure behind it. I've worked in organisations in the past that have used Windows PCs and no server behind them and it causes a huge number of problems in terms of time to manage the use of devices and causes problems with security over the network and access to shared data. Whilst things are migrating towards being completely cloud based, there is still a need, at the moment in my opinion, for a Windows Server infrastructure for both end-user experience and admin maintenance.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

Oracle Linux

  • Oracle Linux is a clone of Red Hat Linux, a well-known version of Linux and is very stable. This helps in maintaining fairly error-free systems.
  • The operating system kernel can be updated without having to reboot the system, a potential time saver.
  • Oracle Linux comes in fairly easy to implement packages that work well with Oracle databases.
Bruce Emmerling | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windows Server

  • Windows Server acting as a domain controller allows for very comprehensive management of computers and workstations across an organization, specifically when it comes to Active Directory and Group Policy.
  • Active Directory allows for comprehensive managements of users within a domain (or organizational unit). User groups can be created with different permissions for various network resources, and users can be added to multiple different groups. In addition, login scripts can be created that are linked to each user allowing for automatic mapping of network drives and printers (among other items) every time a user logs in. As such, with the correct login script, a new user can login for the first time and have access to all the necessary resources within an organization.
  • Once a domain is created, adding computers to it is quick and easy. Any computer that is a part of a domain can be logged in by any domain user. Removing a computer from a domain, via Active Directory, immediately revokes all domain users ability to login to that computer.
  • Group Policy, an integral part of Windows Server, is a vast and comprehensive tool to push out settings to domain computers and users. Settings can be anything from adding or removing mapped network drives, adding or removing printers, turning on and off specific Windows settings. Group Policy can be managed on both a computer basis and a user basis.
  • Windows Server's built-in file sharing capabilities allow it to be used as a powerful file server. Permissions for shared folders can be set on a per-user basis and/or via group membership. Using advanced sharing features, a file or folder can be shared via multiple names with different permissions for each shared name.
  • Windows Server includes a powerful DNS server that works in conjunction with the Domain Controller functionality. The DNS server supports forward and reverse zones as well as manually adding items into a DNS zone.
  • Hyper-V is included with Windows Server, providing a powerful and first-party way to create virtual machines.
  • Windows Server includes a built-in DHCP server that can be used in place of a standard network router.
  • Windows Server includes a built-in web server hosting functionality via IIS (Internet Information Services)
Aaron Pinsker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Oracle Linux

  • Virtualization could be configured in an easier way.
  • Linux community support could be stronger.
  • Migration from Red Hat Enterprise Linux might cause problems.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windows Server

  • The overall performance of server 2016's UI feels worse than previous versions (running on the same HW spec in the same virtual environment).
  • Versioning schemes could be more transparent (IIS versions across OS versions, MSSQL versions, etc) and easier to follow.
  • Managing some security settings via the server registry is fairly cumbersome. Third party applications and community created scripts exist to ease these issues, but with the emphasis on security today, they should have their own control panel section instead.
  • Microsoft's experience homogenization between their desktop OS and server OS has added a lot of "fluff" and graphical flare to the server OS that isn't really needed and feels like it gets in the way, to be honest.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Oracle Linux

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Windows Server

Windows Server 10.0
Based on 3 answers
I've carefully reviewed the servers and services currently running on Windows Server 2012, and given the opportunity would renew them as is going forward. There are two systems I currently have in place, one is a very large Linux implementation for a large ecommerce site, and one is a very large backup solution front ended by FTP servers running Linux. Neither are well suited for Windows, but the overall network infrastructure is and will be Windows Server for the foreseeable future.
Kettric Midura | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Oracle Linux

No score
No answers yet
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Windows Server

Windows Server 4.0
Based on 3 answers
There are simply too many different parts of Windows Server to make it a cohesive piece of software. While some of the newer features found in Windows Server 2012 and 2016 have nice UIs that are logically laid out, there are enough parts of the system that is still based on old code with clunky UIs and confusing options to make Windows Server a particularly user-friendly experience.
Aaron Pinsker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support

Oracle Linux

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Windows Server

Windows Server 7.9
Based on 11 answers
Microsoft provides decent support for Windows with its knowledge base articles. Since there are many specialists, obtaining support online via forums or Google search is easy, and there is a solution for almost anything you can come across. Patching is predictable (Patch Tuesday, anyone?), and usually, there are no issues. It does require patch testing in non-production environments. Finding a sysadmin is also easy, as there are many out there.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Implementation

Oracle Linux

No score
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Windows Server

Windows Server 10.0
Based on 1 answer
Nope, wasn't around for the first installations.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Oracle Linux

Oracle Linux and Red Hat Linux are very similar, and the both are great choices. Anyway, the out of the box enhancements that come with Oracle Linux is an aspect to consider if you are using Oracle products
Holman Cárdenas, M.Eng, TOGAF®, ITIL® | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windows Server

HP-UX is a great product, but it has a much higher learning curve than Windows server. Even if you're familiar with Linux/Unix, HP-UX will still be very challenging if you've never used it before. HP-UX commands can be different than even other Linux/Unix commands. Whereas everyone has used Windows in their life, making Windows server intuitive and easy to learn.
Omar Campos | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Oracle Linux

  • The positive impact of implementing Oracle Linux is that it has reduced our costs of licences by 60% With one Linux Server, we consolidated 3 Windows Servers, giving us more memory available and the best use of processors and less storage needed for the same tasks.
Jose de la Cruz Malena | TrustRadius Reviewer

Windows Server

  • A positive impact has been that it hasn't really required in-depth training to learn the Windows Server platform, and how to migrate within it. This, in turn, has not hurt the productivity of the IT administrators or IT staff.
  • Since our environment is mostly Windows-based, with Windows endpoints outnumbering Mac/etc. endpoints, another positive impact has been in being able to easily manage running Systems Management software on Windows Server. This is turn has made the IT dept. more efficient in being able to deploy software, and configure policies on Windows Server.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Oracle Linux

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Windows Server

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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