Windows Server is built for stability and reliability.
Chris Saenz | TrustRadius Reviewer
March 25, 2020

Windows Server is built for stability and reliability.

Score 8 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Windows Server

Windows Server is used in many ways at our organization. It is used for its native functionality like file and print services. It is used for essential network services like Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, etc. It also is used as a platform for many of our enterprise applications, student information system, financial systems, and other department services.
  • Stable operating system environment
  • Reliable file system (NTFS)
  • Native services like file, print, DNS, Active Directory, etc.
  • Native SSH support
  • Native configuration management
  • Some configuration locations mixed with old control panel are hard to find
  • Very good academic discounts
  • Makes server management easier for junior admins and non-technical users
  • Allows us to run Windows-only applications
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Windows runs some applications better and is easier for junior admins and non-technical users to administer and get started with. It obviously does not run everything better, so other operating systems are preferable in some situations. Compared to OSs like RHEL, they both have very stable environments, file systems, native services useful for enterprises, and excellent security and availability features. I think it depends on the applications being run and the users running them.
My experience with Windows Server support is only Microsoft documentation, which, while often technically correct, it is sometimes difficult to find the documentation that provides help for a specific situation and to decipher what is being said. Luckily, there are enough people who eat, sleep, and breathe Windows server administration that have excellent blogs and tutorials to be a third-party for support.

Do you think Windows Server delivers good value for the price?

Yes

Are you happy with Windows Server's feature set?

Yes

Did Windows Server live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Windows Server go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Windows Server again?

Yes

Windows Server is well suited to support enterprise-grade systems and services. Its native services like Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, file, and print services are rock solid and support a host of features for availability and security. For other Microsoft services (Exchange, SharePoint, etc.), it is obviously the operating system of choice, but many enterprise-class software releases are built to run stable and effective in Windows Server.