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Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 20
A robust, scalable, and low-maintenance solution
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature of Windows Server is its scalability and robustness."
  • "Windows could add more tools to monitor the health of the server."

What is our primary use case?

We use Windows Server for process control in process control systems. Right now, the operations team is the only one using the solution. They conduct day collection for our process control system.

How has it helped my organization?

Windows Server provides a robust operating system that keeps our processes running 24 hours a day without any downtime.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of Windows Server is its scalability and robustness. 

What needs improvement?

Windows could add more tools to monitor the health of the server.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using Windows Server for 15 years. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Windows Server is highly robust. We only have to do maintenance on the system once yearly.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Windows Server is very scalable, but we don't have any plans to increase our usage in the near term.

How are customer service and support?

So far, we've only had good experiences with Windows support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were previously running Unix, but the manufacturer of our control system forced us to switch to Windows Server. We didn't have a choice.

How was the initial setup?

We set up the servers ourselves. The time needed to deploy varies from server to server.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Windows could always lower the cost.

What other advice do I have?

I rate Windows Server about a nine out of 10. It's very robust, but there is always room for improvement in monitoring and other features.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Sr Reporter at a media company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 10
Good support, stable, easy to use, and easy to install

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution as our server application. Several applications are based on this operating system.

What is most valuable?

Windows server is easy to use.

What needs improvement?

Windows Server needs to introduce more dashboards. A common user is not able to implement this solution. It could be simplified.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Windows Server for a couple of years. We are using version 2019.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Windows Server is stable. I have no issues with the stability of the Windows Server.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have 45 servers in our organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good.…

What is our primary use case?

We use this solution as our server application. Several applications are based on this operating system.

What is most valuable?

Windows server is easy to use.

What needs improvement?

Windows Server needs to introduce more dashboards.

A common user is not able to implement this solution. It could be simplified.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Windows Server for a couple of years.

We are using version 2019.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Windows Server is stable. I have no issues with the stability of the Windows Server.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have 45 servers in our organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

Technical support is good. We have no issues with the support of Microsoft.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did not use any other solution.

How was the initial setup?

It is quick and easy to install. 

The installation can take up to 45 minutes.

All technical people in our organization need to install Windows Server. Any IT engineer can deploy this solution. However, it cannot be set up by a regular user.

What about the implementation team?

I completed the installation myself.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There is a licensing fee that is paid yearly. 

It is an expensive solution. 

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others who are interested in using it.

It is very popular, I would rate Windows Server a ten out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Head of Network Management Solutions at Convergent Wireless Communications
Reseller
Top 5Leaderboard
Supports all kinds of applications but needs better stability
Pros and Cons
  • "Windows Server can be used for any kind of application. It is an operating system that supports enterprise applications. There is no application that doesn't go with Windows."
  • "It could be more stable. Windows has certain problems that Unix platforms don't have. It requires more administrative effort as compared to Unix. I don't know why Microsoft has not changed that. It generates a lot of trash data, so slowly and steadily, you find more and more space being utilized. There is some kind of administrative load, which doesn't happen with Unix."

What is most valuable?

Windows Server can be used for any kind of application. It is an operating system that supports enterprise applications. There is no application that doesn't go with Windows.

What needs improvement?

It could be more stable. Windows has certain problems that Unix platforms don't have. It requires more administrative effort as compared to Unix. I don't know why Microsoft has not changed that. It generates a lot of trash data, so slowly and steadily, you find more and more space being utilized. There is some kind of administrative load, which doesn't happen with Unix.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for many years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

It is stable, but its stability can be better.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have a maximum of 50 or 60 users. 

How are customer service and technical support?

We didn't use their support much. 

How was the initial setup?

It was very easy to install. The time period for installation depends on the complexity. If we want to simply install with the default option, it doesn't take much time. If you want to enable all of the service options that Windows provides, such as SNMP, it will take longer. If you have to install IAS and all such things, it will take time.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution to others. We plan to keep using it.

I would rate Windows Server a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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IT Infrastructure Engineer at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Straightforward to set up and works well as a hypervisor

What is our primary use case?

I primarily use Windows Server as a hypervisor, running Hyper-V.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the security features improved in the future.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Windows Server for about 15 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable product and we plan to continue using it in the future.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There are more than 10,000 users for the services that we have running.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not needed to contact technical support for Windows Server.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We only use Microsoft products, so we did not use another product…

What is our primary use case?

I primarily use Windows Server as a hypervisor, running Hyper-V.

What needs improvement?

I would like to see the security features improved in the future.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Windows Server for about 15 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

This is a stable product and we plan to continue using it in the future.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

There are more than 10,000 users for the services that we have running.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have not needed to contact technical support for Windows Server.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We only use Microsoft products, so we did not use another product before this one.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup with Microsoft products is always straightforward. The length of time for deployment depends on the services that are being implemented.

What about the implementation team?

In some cases, I use a consultant to assist with deployment. However, this is not always the case because our in-house team can also do it.

We have about five people in our team for deployment.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did not evaluate options by other vendors. Microsoft is a well-known brand and the only company to use for some services.

What other advice do I have?

This is a good product and one that I can recommend.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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organizator informatike at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Straightforward to set up and stable, but the administration is complicated
Pros and Cons
  • "The most valuable feature of this solution is the ESRP that is used with the Windows Platform."
  • "In the next release, I would like to see the administration simplified."

What is our primary use case?

We use these servers for databases and applications.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of this solution is the ESRP that is used with the Windows Platform.

What needs improvement?

Windows Platforms become rather complicated. We started with the Windows Platform because they simplified it, but now, it has become quite complicated.

The administration has become quite heavy and also the specialization. 

We are a rather small factory, not a big system. We are small with a thousand employees, and we need a simplified environment.

In the next release, I would like to see the administration simplified.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using Windows Server for more than 20 years. 

The version we are using is quite new, 2020.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Windows Server is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It is scalable, but the administration becomes quite complicated.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have not used the technical support, we have had contact with the third-party partners.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup of Windows Server is straightforward.

What other advice do I have?

In our country, the Windows platform is widespread, which means there is a high amount of usage. We primarily use Windows Solutions. Some also use Linux, but Linux is the minority.

I would rate Windows Server a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud

If public cloud, private cloud, or hybrid cloud, which cloud provider do you use?

Microsoft Azure
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Vice President at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
MSP
Top 10
Robust features, maintenance free, easy install, and excellent support

What is our primary use case?

The solution is a general server, It can be used for any of the products that you want to create or use. For example, it can be used for application server deployment and web applications. It can be used for everything.

What is most valuable?

Nothing is required for the maintenance of the solution, Microsoft does everything. It is very good and robust.

What needs improvement?

The solution could be cheaper.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used the solution for 20 years

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In my experience the solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is extremely scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support for this…

What is our primary use case?

The solution is a general server, It can be used for any of the products that you want to create or use. For example, it can be used for application server deployment and web applications. It can be used for everything.

What is most valuable?

Nothing is required for the maintenance of the solution, Microsoft does everything. It is very good and robust.

What needs improvement?

The solution could be cheaper.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have used the solution for 20 years

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

In my experience the solution is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution is extremely scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support for this solution is excellent.

How was the initial setup?

When comparing the installation to Linux and others, it is probably the best one.

What about the implementation team?

The whole deployment with everything installed takes approximately one week. I have done the implementation of the solution for 10 years but now I use my team to do it. It normally only takes one person to do the deployment.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We pay yearly for a license. If you ask any vendor they will tell you that it could be cheaper.

What other advice do I have?

I am going to continue to use this solution in the future.

I rate Windows Server an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Science Technician at a government with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Vast training support, easy to use, but could be more secure

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution as a server for our information at our company.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features I have found to be the flexibility and wide range of support training available.

What needs improvement?

In the future, there should be better protection for this solution.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately 20 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. However, you can receive a lot of cyberattacks. We need to invest more in security when we are using Windows. It tends to be the target of attacks and hacks compared to other operating systems, such as Linux. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have…

What is our primary use case?

We use the solution as a server for our information at our company.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features I have found to be the flexibility and wide range of support training available.

What needs improvement?

In the future, there should be better protection for this solution.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using the solution for approximately 20 years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. However, you can receive a lot of cyberattacks. We need to invest more in security when we are using Windows. It tends to be the target of attacks and hacks compared to other operating systems, such as Linux. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

We have approximately 400 users using the solution in my organization.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We used Ubuntu Linux previously.

How was the initial setup?

The installation of the solution is easy. The time depends on what you are going to configure on the server. The install itself can be done in approximately 10 minutes.

What about the implementation team?

We did the implementation ourselves and we use a team of two developers and three administrators for maintenance.

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. However, I would advise investing in more security measures. We plan to continue using the solution in the future.

I rate Windows Server a seven out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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Director of Information Technology at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Good performance, simple, and works with all kinds of software

What is our primary use case?

We use it for our servers. We have Windows 2012 and Windows 2016. We are not on the latest version, but we are almost there. 

What is most valuable?

It is pretty simple and flexible. It works with all kinds of software. That's why we are using it. We avoid using Linux and other platforms. Its performance is also good.

What needs improvement?

It can have more integration with different platforms. Its installation could also be easier.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for six years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Currently, we have around 150 users. We don't have any plans to increase its usage.

How are customer service and technical support?

I don't have experience with their…

What is our primary use case?

We use it for our servers. We have Windows 2012 and Windows 2016. We are not on the latest version, but we are almost there. 

What is most valuable?

It is pretty simple and flexible. It works with all kinds of software. That's why we are using it. We avoid using Linux and other platforms.

Its performance is also good.

What needs improvement?

It can have more integration with different platforms. Its installation could also be easier.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for six years.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Currently, we have around 150 users. We don't have any plans to increase its usage.

How are customer service and technical support?

I don't have experience with their technical support.

How was the initial setup?

Its installation is of medium complexity. It can be tricky.

Normally, the installation takes half an hour to one hour. The updates take more time than the installation.

What about the implementation team?

Normally, I do it myself. Only when I have issues, I use a consultant.

We have a technical team of two engineers for deployment and maintenance.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Its price is fine. Its licensing is on a yearly basis.

What other advice do I have?

I would surely recommend this solution to others who want to start using it.

I would rate Windows Server an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
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