Windows Server is the best you can get until someone makes something better.
July 19, 2019

Windows Server is the best you can get until someone makes something better.

Ben Frech | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Windows Server

We've used Windows Server in one version or another since this company's inception in 2007. Windows Server is used company-wide for AD, file/print, RDS, and networking infrastructure. It enables us to provide secure file storage and access to staff, as well as secured, centralized print management. We use Windows remote desktop services for desktop/application virtualization. DNS is used in conjunction with AD, and DHCP, as well.
  • Active Directory--Just about every application has some sort of AD plug-in. Makes user and group management easier.
  • File services.
  • Large installed user/community base.
  • When set up correctly, DNS/DHCP.
  • Support-ugh. I have had some good support experiences in the past, but the past few years...?
  • QA testing for patches. Boot loops?
  • Licensing.
  • 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.
We've not ever used en masse or had the time/skillset to use other operating systems. Everyone has been using Windows server for most of their working adult life and should be familiar with its pros and cons, by now. I do believe every Windows server version is getting better, more stable, and more performant.
Windows server is suited for environments from small to large. It's an easy entrance point for many small businesses to start with. Many applications still require a Windows server to run the product.

It may not be as attractive to tech-centric businesses with employees well versed in Linux or Apple products. It may not be a good fit for cash-strapped businesses or start-ups.