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October 18, 2019

Windows Server Review

Score 9 out of 10
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Return on Investment

  • Ability to regulate user policies to avoid misuse of company resources.
  • Reduce overhead on managing user authentication.
  • Lowest TCO compared to other proprietary or open-source server platforms.
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Score 8 out of 10
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Return on Investment

  • Virtually every business application we've ever had to run was based upon Windows server.
  • As stated before, licensing can be a hair-pulling process.
  • Especially when virtualized Windows server performs reasonably well.
  • Backups all your data!
  • Due to its large userbase, it's the most targeted operating system for hackers.
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Score 8 out of 10
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  • Windows Server is needed for the corporate office network using Microsoft endpoints and systems. Without it, the system would be unmanageable.
  • As all the systems used with Windows Server such as Active Directory, DNS, DHCP etc are industry standard, the experience both from an admin side and an end-user experience is great!
  • ROI is still good in my opinion especially with the current licensing model which allows for software assurance so we can keep up to date with the latest versions.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Return on Investment

  • Data center licensing has enabled us to meet budget on our ROI figures.
  • Our fileserver and domain uptime values have increased.
  • Allows us to quickly utilize Azure functionality such as Azure AD.
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Score 6 out of 10
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Return on Investment

  • Positive ROI - Once set up properly, Windows Server's ability to manage an organization's users and computer drastically reduces the amount of time necessary to set up a new computer or a new user.
  • Positive ROI - Windows Server has a very large feature set, which can result in finding an additional use for it that was not initially intended. Specifically, Hyper-V has allowed some of the organization I've managed to create a number of virtual machines that have saved a considerable amount of time and money put into setting up a new piece of hardware.
  • Negative ROI - the initial setup of Windows Server is long and complicated. If your organization does not need the capabilities of Active Directory and Group Policy, the initial setup costs may not be worth it.
  • Negative ROI - the maintenance cost of keeping Windows Server functioning properly can be high, especially if any unforeseen issues arise. Again, if your organization does not need the capabilities of Active Directory and Group Policy, the initial setup costs may not be worth it.
  • Negative ROI - for many of the features of Windows Server (DNS server, DHCP server, web server, file server, etc.), there are less expensive, easier to setup, and easier to manage alternatives, especially in the NAS space.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Return on Investment

  • After Investing in Windows Server (or Microsoft technologies) it feels like it grabs you as time passes. As usual, such systems get mature and develops in time. You may find your self stuck in MS technologies and can't move to another platform.
  • If you have moderate knowledge on Windows Server it is easy to have a well-managed server. The learning curve may be lower than alternatives.
  • Since it is very popular and widely used, it is also popular among attackers. Don't forget to use an antivirus and keep the server hotfixes up to date. Keeping it up to date may require frequent restarts which means a decrease in uptime duration.
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Return on Investment

  • Storage hardware & management cost savings.
  • Optimize resources.
  • Help secure Data.
  • Create dynamic virtual data centers with live migration.
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November 17, 2017

Windows Server Review

Score 9 out of 10
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Return on Investment

  • File sharing has met our organisational means.
  • Folder redirection has been improved. Users can access the folders on the server from any means as long as they are able to save on their mapped folder.
  • Storage has been improved.
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Score 8 out of 10
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Return on Investment

  • Because of our Microsoft Campus Agreement, Windows products are fairly affordable for us and that has been a huge blessing. We are considering some Azure cloud options and some of that is covered under our Campus Agreement, making it a nice incentive to start migrating certain apps and functionality to the cloud
  • I don't have access to our budgets so I cannot give a good answer as far as the impact of ROI on our institution, but if your company can afford it, you cannot go wrong with Windows server. Not having to send your sys admins to Linux or Unix school alone is a big savings as well as not having to train your staff on using a Linux desktop instead of a Windows-based one.
  • The compatibility with end users of all varieties and platforms will definitely impact your ROI in a positive way. We have Apple users, Android, Windows, and even a few Linux end users on our campus and Windows server works quite well with all of them.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Return on Investment

  • We have not had any negative impact on any of our Windows Servers on our business. If anything, we have had issues more with hardware and parts failing on the servers than the actual Windows Server operating system.
  • Our return on investment with Windows Server has been very good for our overall business objectives. We have kept up to date with all of the Server updates and do not have to worry about security, server software issues and hardware compatibility issues.
  • Our ROI with the several Windows Servers we have in the organization has paid dividends with increased user productivity, very minimal downtime and low maintenance for I.T. personnel.
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Score 9 out of 10
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Return on Investment

  • Once Microsoft Server is implemented in the infrastructure with Exchange Server it is difficult to remove that model.
  • Microsoft Server updates every few years forcing the environment to upgrade. Older models are retired with no patching or maintenance and there is still a relative business need.
  • Microsoft Server is a constant evolution. Each new release contains additional roles or features that have been used by hardware or third party in the past.
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December 18, 2014

WIndows Server 2012

Score 9 out of 10
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Return on Investment

  • The learning curve is fairly short compared to past implementations of Microsoft Server, but do require a depth and breadth of knowledge to fully take advantage of the features and functions of the server OS.
  • Microsoft still has a very large target on its back due to the market share of their OS, but also have significantly more experience dealing with threats that their counter parts (Unix/Linux/Apple)
  • The familiar layout and nomenclature allows for most novice users to gain quick skills in managing small portions of the system, but to truly get the most out of the system, you still need an engineer level resource at least part time to map out the long term strategy of IT for your business.
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