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Windows Server Room for Improvement

HB
Software Engineer at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Sometimes we face some overload on servers. You need to request one of the IT to assist as there is no way that you can do a remote session on it. They need to intervene directly on the server. It has to be done manually. We also can't intervene ourselves as there is no way to log in remotely to the servers. That's why IT needs to get involved. It's a pain point for us as all you can really do is wait.

In a future release, it would be helpful if there were more tools to help us do some performance testing. The last time we needed to look for tools online and choose some third-party tools to analyze how the application is performing. If they could instead provide us with pre-installed tools, that would be better. There are some but they don't really give you the information that we are looking for. 

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TM
Systems Engineer at a educational organization with 11-50 employees

The solution needs to be more stable and secure. Linux servers are much better in terms of stability and security and are better at thwarting any form of cyber attack. You stand a better chance if you're on a Linux box if you get hit. Not that they don't get attacked. However, Windows is a high-maintenance operating system. You have to keep it up to date almost all the time, and you also need to have a lab to test your updates as some of the updates could actually break the environment. There is a fine line between keeping it updated and breaking it.

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Kevin Honde - PeerSpot reviewer
Data Solution Architect at Econet Wireless Zimbabwe

Better integration with more platforms would be useful.

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MY
IT at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees

What could help in improving the footprint is if Microsoft could come up with several flavors or start providing containerized solutions for server systems. 

Say, for example, that I wish to host a web server online. I would pose the question whether I would really need to have a Windows Server OS for me to be able to do that on IIS. At the moment, the use of Kubernetes or Docker present the only solution. As there is a steep learning curve for one's team to acquire the skill-set and obtain the capabilities associated with these solutions, a relevant Microsoft version would make life much easier. 

As I have already paid for a license, I should have the option of requesting the containerized functionality from the OS to reduce the Windows Server OS footprint. This will save me from having to make constant installations as a condition of running my servers on it. 

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SK
Founder at a non-profit with 1-10 employees

I used to like the graphical interface and graphical philosophy in previous versions of Windows Server. I am not able to be as fast and efficient as I used to be using a graphical interface. However, Windows has moved to the PowerShell, it is powerful, but is still limited compared to what we do can do in Linux. Linux was built at the beginning of the command line interfaces which is why they have a very powerful command line. 

When you work on the command line you can make scripts and then use them every time you want to complete a task. You can capitalize on past experiences by using a script to simplify them, such as when you need to install something or do configurations. Making those tasks faster and simplified. You end up saving a lot of time by using the command line which is best for administrators and the graphical interface is best for the end-user.

You can not do most of the automation on Windows that you can on Linux, it is not the same thing. Windows is improving but it is not at the same level as Linux.

When using a graphical interface it tends to have more bugs, vulnerabilities and weakens the server. Normally we install Linux on big servers that do not have any graphical interfaces inside. The fewer services you run the better it with be for security. We prefer most of the time installing Windows without the graphical interface. 

Overall Windows for us is more difficult and less efficient than Linux.

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hugodpereira - PeerSpot reviewer
Computer engineering student at a educational organization with 501-1,000 employees

Configuring a group policy has shown to be not very straightforward. For example, one of our assignments was to create a GPO that should block any user of opening and/or downloading an MP3/WAV file, and the same for video files. It was very confusing to find a solution that would do just that, we had to test different approches, or ven combining policies to achieve something that resambles what was asked to do. The default template in the File Server Resouce Manager isn't enough.

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PR
Platform Manager at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

It requires a lot of monthly maintenance in terms of vulnerability management, which is the downside. 

I would say the biggest improvement could be improvement in the vulnerability space. Every month we get critical vulnerabilities across the Windows Server fleet. If I could see the volumes come down there, that would be the biggest step forward.

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Ahmed Kassab - PeerSpot reviewer
SCADA/EMS System Programmer at GCCIA

I'd like to see more features and more functionality to the Microsoft operating system. The solution should be able to connect remotely and create a safer channel between the user and cloud assets, or through the internet. It's one of the biggest challenges we've had this past year. There are a lot of companies competing with each other to apply these features due to the pandemic. 

For additional features, I'd like to see something like third-party applications that would create a hub to receive a connection from outside. It would handle all types of servers to enable remote access for the user from home, so they can safely connect to the system and check in if there is an emergency. You know that the SCADA system is a critical system and you can be considered on-call and notified at any time. It would enable a remote connection rather than the need for long procedures to connect to my network. It could have a third-party authentication so we could connect to the server safely.

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LC
Programma / Project Manager at a transportation company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The cost to use the solution is quite high.

Our main problem is the Citrix environment we're still in. However, we're migrating from that to the Windows 10 environment, so Citrix will be out within two or three years. Therefore,  performance is not really an issue - on the operating system at least. 

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MZ
IT Manager at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees

It would be nice if the the Windows Defender feature would be enhanced to be similar to that of other antiviruses or endpoint features on the market that have whole and individual features and are reliable. At present, Defender cannot be relied on independently. Another endpoint must be installed. It would be better could we rely on the more compatible endpoint features that already accompany Windows.

There should be inbuilt endpoints, such as we find with Linux, Unix, Apple Macintosh and other browsers, which don't require the installation of additional endpoints. 

Patch updates should be less frequent. Instead of them being put out daily, they should be put out weekly or monthly. 

If the storage is not installed on the SSD hard disk, it affects the performance. I am not referring to the processor, RAM or GUI, just the storage. Windows 7 worked fine on the HDD. 

The security should be improved. There are many services on the Windows Server which are enabled or started by default and this is unnecessary. Xbox would be an example of this. These should be removed. Only the minimum number of services needed to get the solution up and running should be included. The existence of services means open board and this opens one up to hackers and attackers. As an IT person, it should not be my role to come up with workarounds for such occurrences. This should be in Microsoft's domain. 

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MS
Head of Technical Support at a real estate/law firm with 51-200 employees

The security needs to be improved. That's its weakest area. It's my understanding that they cannot do anything about it at this stage. We have to wait when they are able to, more or less, integrate with Ubuntu, or with Canonical. Then, we will have a server that is quite stable in terms of security. Maybe in five years or six years, then you could see a Window Server which is going to be very impressive.

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Noor Parkar - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. System and Storage Administrator at a government with 51-200 employees

The technical updates need to be improved upon. How they are delivered isn't ideal.

Technical support in and of itself needs to be better. The experience we have isn't very good. It's hard to get timely answers to our questions.

The system needs to offer better integration capabilities.

The solution's availability could be better in future releases.

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KM
SAP Architecture Manager at a consultancy with 11-50 employees

We could always use more security on the product.

If it had more integration capabilities, that would be ideal.

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DM
ICT Manager at a hospitality company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The initial setup could be easier. Right now, it's more difficult than it needs to be.

The solution is rather expensive and could be more affordable.

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Muhammed Eslami - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

It would be nice if the solution was a bit cheaper. The product is a little pricey.

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NL
Executive Personal Assistant at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees

There are lots of improvements that can be brought by Microsoft, although for us Windows Server works mostly as expected. For how we're using Windows Server, security is a top priority, so when talking security, it can always be improved upon, no matter what.

Then there's the performance side, which is not bad, but we are currently looking to increase capacity and we have found that we need to enhance the hardware to get the performance we are looking for. Because of this, we are going to be refreshing the hardware and moving to new infrastructure in the next few weeks.

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PM
Senior IT Specialist at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Right now what is needed on the server-side is an easier release process. Every year or every third year they are releasing a newer version and it could go smoother.

The solution lacks a few features here and there.

Although they've done a good job updating security, there's more to be done, and they should continue improving this aspect of the product.

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NK
Senior IT Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 1-10 employees

The solution could have better security features.

The pricing is a bit high. Linux has better pricing. They should try to make their product more competitively priced.

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Stefano El Khoury - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Software Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

In terms of what could be improved, I would say the Active Directory synchronization on Azure. This is something which was not easy to do. Using Azure Active Directory, I was trying to sync and this was not straightforward. This process could be more simplified.

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Mohamed Anees - PeerSpot reviewer
Lead DevOps Engineer at Etisalat

As for additional features, we are very interested in the new feature released by Windows: Azure Virtual Desktop. We are currently exploring it so that instead of people depending on their own desktop, we could work on Azure Virtual Desktop. Integration with Azure Virtual Desktop would be cool. 

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MF
Manager

The graphical user interface could be better. It's a little dated. 

I do not like Microsoft's intrusive policies. 

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Md Saiful Hyder - PeerSpot reviewer
AGM, Enterprise Solutions at Omgea Exim Ltd

We've had a lot of problems from day one.

The security could be better. One of the banks suffered ransomware attacks and they were able to penetrate the servers. 

There's a short availability that could be much better.

The performance is not up to snuff. They need to work on increasing resources. 

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MH
Responsable TUIC at a educational organization with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution is not easy to use.

The solution could be more stable. It's an aspect they could improve on in future versions.

The solution could be more scalable and flexible.

The solution needs to offer better documentation and more training to its users. This would help customers better understand how to use the product effectively.

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CM
Systems Engineer at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The solution could be more reasonably priced.

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PS
Project Manager at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

I haven't had any experience with active data storage or high-level configuration. From my perspective, Windows Server can stay on this level without any development as it works for me how it is.

The price could be a little less. It's a bit expensive.

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GK
Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The scalability could be better.

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Mr. Antonio Damian - PeerSpot reviewer
Sales Manager at INFOSEC

It's incompatible sometimes and doesn't communicate with all applications. When you need to share some data, communication is difficult between the server and the app.

A typical user will find implementing it on their own difficult. 

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AA
IT Infrastructure Manager at a consumer goods company with 1,001-5,000 employees

They can simplify the utilization and control of the system when you have a lot of setups. They provided something called Windows Center or Control Center in version 2019. It's a free tool that comes with the Windows Server. You can install it on your desktop and use it. 

This tool simplifies the control and monitoring of all servers. If I have 200 servers, I don't need to log in to each one to configure it. I can manage them from this tool. However, this tool needs quite a lot of improvements. It's difficult to use, and they need to improve it. 

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Santosh Kurakula - PeerSpot reviewer
Group DWH and BI Senior Manager at Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa

The security could improve. If you are comparing the Linux operating systems and Windows Server, Windows Server is still way behind in terms of security. Microsoft can enhance security instead of having customers rely on third-party security tools.

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MP
ICT System Engineer at a financial services firm with 5,001-10,000 employees

Compared to Linux, Windows requires a lot of restarts. If you get a CU update every month, you have to restart. Linux is better in that regard. Sometimes the PowerShell has an overly complicated syntax. 

I'd like to see some more features in the Windows administration kit - the WAC. It's this new product you got on the server and if you have a website you can manage your entire machine. It's a pretty good product, but it's still lacking some features like reporting because it's always a problem to have a dashboard for all your Windows machines, because Microsoft wants you to buy SCCM and all their monitoring services. The WAC is pretty nice but it still lacks some features. It would be great if they would develop it further.

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AR
Operations Director / Business Critical Solutions Architect at a outsourcing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

I find ethernet configuration and implementation difficult. I would also like to see more reliable updates.

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GM
IT Infra Head at a consumer goods company with 1,001-5,000 employees

A lot of attacks are monitored however, there are a lot of things coming into it. This is why we need to provide more security with respect to the Linux platform. There's more security on Windows and not enough on Linux.

The licensing for the solution is expensive.

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Ahmed-Ramy - PeerSpot reviewer
CEO at TMentors

While I would say scripting needs improvement, I've noticed that they started to do this couple of years ago. They do have their own WSL and PowerShell Scripts.

Generally, there is always room for improvement. However, nothing comes on top of my head right now. 

For countries in the Middle East and Africa, their pricing is a little bit high. Microsoft is having unified pricing across the globe. That's an issue. They don't negotiate on that. It's very expensive for many countries in this region.

They have something called Windows Server Core, and it doesn't have a graphical user interface, which is fine. However, there should be a management console or something that you can hook up to Windows Server Core so you can manage it much easier if you need UI or something.

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PA
Manager at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees

The technical support needs to be improved. 

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JP
Chief Technology Officer at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees

I can't speak to any missing features. I don't have any opinion on how to improve the product.

The solution needs container compatibility. Windows Server is not able via Docker, for example.

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KH
Principal Consultant at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

In terms of support, it's pretty complicated when you have to study the documentation.

It would definitely be helpful if the documentation could be more straightforward.

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TC
Solutions Specialist at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

I would like Windows to come up lighter because the footprint itself can consume more than 300GB. It would probably take close to 100GB of space to install a Windows operating system because it has got so many features. It should be a core minimalistic addition, and users also should be allowed to add other features when needed. It should be more modular in nature.

The software should be minimalistic. Instead of offering so many options, it should be ideally the core system. Then, if a customer wants to have Active Directory, they should be allowed to do it separately.

There are hundreds of services which are running unnecessarily and slowing the system down or affecting the performance, and that wouldn't be there, which will be an advantage. It will only be the key services that the customer wants to run.

Microsoft technical support could be improved.

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YL
Manager at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

The stability is okay, however, it could be better. It's an area that they could improve on if they wanted to.

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MS
SA at a university with 1,001-5,000 employees

The only thing that could be improved is the price.

I just installed the evaluation because I got the license product key, so I need to activate it. But to my surprise, I cannot activate the evaluation version so I need to recreate the VMs using the ISO that Microsoft gives to me.

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AM
Assistant Vice President Global IT at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

We've had a few minor compatibility issues.

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DG
Cloud Service Director at a insurance company with 10,001+ employees

The patching could be better within the solution. There are many updates, however, if you compare it with other parts of Windows, the patching has a different management structure. 

The scalability could be improved a bit. 

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MV
Team leader technical support at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees

The security suffers the same issues as our Windows 10 for endpoint deployments. It could be more secure.

The support could be more straightforward.

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VJ
System Manager at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The reporting, event logging, and event management functionalities need to be improved.

Windows Server needs more applications from the monitoring and backup perspective. These are not incorporated yet. In previous versions, the backup software was available, but not now.

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Cliff Matonda - PeerSpot reviewer
System Administrator at Finlays

Often, we get updates that affect productivity. It's the way they do the updates.

After an update has been done, Microsoft notifies us that there is a problem.

It is not practical to have a test environment. There should be an easier process, as currently, it's a bit tedious. They should find a way of proving or revamping this procedure. It should be very fast.

When you are running Windows and Microsoft, you will see an error message regarding ransomware and suggest the security is up-to-date, but the update always affects the operating system. Most of the issues we have are when we apply security updates or critical updates, which will affect the operating system, the production environment, and your business.

It is recommended to have a test environment, run it on the test environment to make sure that it is working well then put it in the production environment. This is a tedious process. Most of the time, people just take a risk and just apply it without doing the test.

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HimanshuTejwani - PeerSpot reviewer
System Administrator and DevOps Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

When it comes to the performance of this solution others are slightly better such as Linux. This solution promotes its services only, in some of the integrations, it does not support external ones. 

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MK
Cyber security manager at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

I would like to see better updates and for it to support other applications

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RB
Software Engineer at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

There are some limitations around scalability.

The solution should be less expensive. Linux options are far less costly.

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CA
Owner and business consultant at networks srl

In regard to the next release, I would like to see a more scalable solution. I would also like to see any future developments on the market because there was a time when most companies would run away from centralized authentication systems, like Active Directory — they moved to cloud solutions. If the service could be better integrated with the Azure Cloud, I think it would be a plus for Windows.

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RU
Senior Solutions Architect at a manufacturing company with 51-200 employees

They should release a command-line version of the solution.

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Maan Othman - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System Engineer at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees

It would help if Microsoft made it lighter to run on the servers and made troubleshooting much easier. I have to deal with unexpected errors and faults that happen in Windows. It also crashes. 

When it's a big environment, especially in an industrialized environment, we see unexpected errors. They create instability, or unexpected errors happen in the infrastructure. You need to restart the server or restart the services. You don't know the root cause of these errors.

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GD
Lead Solutions Architect - International Projects at a media company with 501-1,000 employees

I don't like it. However, I'm forced to use it, due to the applications, or the vendor supply, that need to run on it. Many of the applications only support Windows Server.

The solution is less stable than Linux.

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WC
ICT and Cyber Security Adviser at a security firm with self employed

We're concerned about Windows vulnerabilities and how to manage those vulnerabilities ourselves. These are the main things that are tricky in Windows, the environment. 

The performance from time to time can be a bit suspect. 

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OmidKoushki - PeerSpot reviewer
Solution Architect at KIAN company

I think integration with Linux operating systems would be a great idea, as well as focusing on the simplicity of running containers in the Linux environments. I think this would be a requirement for the next generation of applications running in .NET and Microsoft programming languages.

Microsoft should expand to integrate the Windows Server with Azure and Linux distribution to provide a simple container environment for running dockerized applications.

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AS
Senior Consultant at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

There was one instance in which, during an installation, I got an error I could not easily resolve.

The performance could be a bit better.

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OL
Technical and Project Manager Industrial Directorate EES CLEMESSY at a construction company with 10,001+ employees

The initial setup could be simplified.

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KC
CEO South East Asia at a engineering company with 10,001+ employees

The stability needs to be improved. I don't find it to be very stable. It's something they need to work on.

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AL
GM: Information Systems at a logistics company with 501-1,000 employees

I would definitely like to see bolting monitoring tools. To monitor the server you usually have to install third party tools. I would like to be less reliant on third-party tools. They always create some sort of security issue regarding ports that need to be opened, that type of thing. Windows Server has internally monitorable software but remote monitoring software would be a great add-on.

In the next version I would like to see monitoring tools or maybe an easier way to figure out who were the last people that were working on the server, something that gives me better insights into the actions taken by different users who need to access the server. Our server is definitely not for everybody to access, but even if it had logging installed or activated, it's quite difficult to figure out who did what.

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SM
Global Head ICT (CITP & MIE) at The Aga Khan Academies

When it comes to virtualization, VMware is a bit more advanced in terms of security. Hyper-V does provide facilities, but it probably has to do a bit more work in terms of encryption. People will normally go for VMware because of the features that it has as a server, particularly the virtualization feature.

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Mazen Kassem - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Digital Services Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution needs more integration capabilities. 

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Muhammad_Irfan - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Network Administrator at ACMC

Windows Server could be improved with cheaper licensing costs. 

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TR
Control Systems Supervisor with 201-500 employees

I can't think of any improvements off the top of my head. 

There's always room for improvement. However, I'm not in the main IT department, and therefore, I'm not as close to the product as others on my team.

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BU
Account Manager Individual Contributor at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

I would like to see better integration with other solutions.

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Rachana Upadhyay - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Associate Consultant at Infosys Compaz

What I'd like to see in the next release of Windows Server is for it to have faster updates.

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SK
Senior Architect at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

While it is easy to use, it could be easier. 

The performance is good but we have had some issues when we use virtual machines. Loading and processing a lot of data leads to memory-related issues. As such, while the performance is good, it could still be improved.

We are using version 2012 and it could be that other versions have improved this feature.

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AS
Deputy IT Manager at ICAPP (Americana Group)

I would like to see better integration with other operating systems. For example, when I migrate from services from Linux or Unix to Windows Server, it's hard to do. I expect it to be easier.

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KG
Associate Manager at a consultancy with 501-1,000 employees

There should be the ability to add other databases to be installed and configured instead of going to other virtual machines. They should be better integrated so they are all in one place.

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MM
IT manager at a non-profit with 1-10 employees

While the solution is stable, it could be more so. There are times when there is a need to make corrections. 

It would also be nice to see more integration. 

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Islam Bayraktar - PeerSpot reviewer
PPM Services Director at OPTIIM

Windows Server could always be more secure.

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MdZaman - PeerSpot reviewer
Deputy Manager at JTI (Japan Tobacco International)

The solution's licensing price is on the expensive side. This is an issue which Microsoft should address right away. 

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AO
Senior System Administrator at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is not fast and is very slow. Versions before 2002 are not stable.

It is not easy to use, and it could be cheaper as well.

Windows Server could use low resources and have automation abilities.

Automation and implementation could be changed to work better with other systems. It needs be easy to integrate with other cloud and open source systems. Generally, people want to use open source systems because Windows Servers don't integrate easily.

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MB
Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 10,001+ employees

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

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SC
Sr Reporter at a media company with 201-500 employees

Windows Server needs to introduce more dashboards.

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

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Shankar HN - PeerSpot reviewer
IT strategist at Convergent Wireless Communications

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.

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WK
IT Infrastructure Engineer at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees

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

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CB
organizator informatike at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

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.

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ST
Vice President at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The solution could be cheaper.

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GC
Science Technician at a government with 201-500 employees

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

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LS
Director of Information Technology at a hospitality company with 10,001+ employees

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

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MC
Line Technical Agent at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

In the next release, I would like to see better pricing.

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Nadeem Abdulla - PeerSpot reviewer
Assistant Manager - IT Infrastructure at Taghleef Industries SpA

The stability could be improved.

The scalability could also be improved.

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Devanand PR - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Support Executive at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees

I believe the solution needs to be more secure in the future.

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WT
Head of Major Account Sales Operation 1 at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution could be more secure.

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Kaan Çelik - PeerSpot reviewer
Data Analytics and Business Intelligence Manager at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

The solution is easy to use mostly but some features can be hard to understand for customers.

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Anteneh Asnake - PeerSpot reviewer
Modern Data Center and Cloud Engineer II at IE Network Solutions PLC

The solution could improve by having more integration and some of the new features that are being released in Windows 11.

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MF
Manager Tech. & Support (Information Technology) at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

It can have more integration, which will be useful for the data integration process. More integration with different applications and different OS would be quite good.

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GG
IT Production Engineer at a consultancy with 201-500 employees

We had some complaints about the initial setup.

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DS
System and DBA at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Windows Server could be more user-friendly.

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SM
Insolvency Practitioner and Director at a financial services firm with 11-50 employees

I would like to see easier implementation and better customer service in the future.

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EM
Responcible specialist at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We are waiting for the solution to be more secure and more stable.

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MP
Solution Director at a comms service provider with 51-200 employees

The license model needs improvement. It would be better if the license had a longer lifetime.

This may be a feature that is already in place, but I like to see a monitoring feature for the desktop.

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DS
Technical Director at a security firm with 51-200 employees

Windows Server could be more secure.

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LW
Technical Solutions Architect at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

The price should be reduced.

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OH
Telecommunication Department Head at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees

It is not easy to use. It can be more user-friendly to make our routine work a bit easy.

It could also be cheaper.

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SR
Sr. Manager - IT Systems at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees

There is a need for improved security.

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TC
Information Systems Infrastructure Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

The security is not good. Windows Server has never been secure. You have put firewalls in place and do other things such as installing anti-virus software to secure Windows, otherwise, it won't work well.

Windows will never be secure, but it should be.

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David Berger - PeerSpot reviewer
System Administrator & IT Specialist at Informat Systems

It should have more stability and fewer automatic updates. A CLI approach, similar to Linux, is missing right now.

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SL
System Administrator at a insurance company with 201-500 employees

It would be better if they had more security features and fewer bugs. They can also improve their technical support.

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Hemchand KG - PeerSpot reviewer
RPA Consultant and Business Analyst at a tech vendor with 10,001+ employees

Perhaps the scalability could be better. 

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VG
Regional Head Customer Experience at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

Windows Server could improve by having a faster browser, IE is too slow. There are better alternatives, such as Chrome.

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NS
Network Engineer at IRPC PCL

It could be more compatible with other platforms.

The compatibility and the ease of use are areas that I would like to see improved.

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RK
Software Test Engineer at a manufacturing company with 501-1,000 employees

The solution would be better by implementing more security and integration. 

Among some of the additional features, I would like to see in the next release are more integration and security.

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JH
IT Engineer at a printing company with 201-500 employees

The user interface could be simplified. Sometimes I feel like there are too many things going on at once. It should be easier to navigate and find the functions that I am trying to implement. 

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HM
General Manager at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

The solution could improve by being more user-friendly.

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PM
Quadria Rouen Agency Director at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

The solution could improve by making it more secure.

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AG
Systems and networks engineer at a government with self employed

It would be better if they improved the user interface.

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MG
Partner at a tech services company with 1-10 employees

The solution could improve by being more user-friendly.

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AA
ASM at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees

It could be more secure. We can't compare it to other products because they have their own security and all those things. When it comes to email security, there are issues. Microsoft products used to get hacked all the time, but we're still comfortable with that.

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Arpit Agarwal - PeerSpot reviewer
Enterprise API Architect at Al-Futtaim Group

Windows Server could improve by improving technology modernization.

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AA
Senior Cloud Architect at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees

The solution could improve by being more secure.

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CL
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

Stability-wise, there is room for improvement.

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AV
Information Systems Computer System Controller at a insurance company with 11-50 employees

The only problem we have faced is when we are upgrading the solution it is complex. 

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AR
Associate Vice President at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees

Windows Server can improve in patch management and security.

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NR
Senior Associate Consultant IT Administrator at iLenSys Technologies Private Limited

The main features that should be improved are the security and it should have better performance.

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RP
IT Specialist at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution is not easy to use and could be simplified. Additionally, the solution could have better integration.

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MA
Co-Founder at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

I would like to see better performance and more integration options in the next release of Windows Server. 

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AN
Project Leader at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution is old so it is not user friendly. I assume that he newer versions would be better than our current one.

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PK
Manager Operations at a non-profit with 1-10 employees

The security policies need improvement. The port mapping and the backdoor entries need to be improved.

I would like to see improvements with the security policies and there should be some other policies inbuilt with the server addition.

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Charbel Hajj - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Supervisor at MEPEQ

With Microsoft, there are always bugs, and the stability could be improved.

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JA
Cloud Infrastructure Engineer at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

The solution could improve by increasing security.

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ZelalemGedefie - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior System Administrator at Debre Markos University

The security could be improved. 

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Aboubakar SANGARE - PeerSpot reviewer
Technician at COMPUTEC

Resolving problems in the Windows environment should be improved. 

In an upcoming release, it would be beneficial to have result sharing with the Remote Desktop Service(RDS) Server from the network.

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FB
IT manager at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

It could be more secure. We don't like it because if you compare it to Linux, Linux is better. 

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AhmedElbadry - PeerSpot reviewer
NMS Service Automation & RPA Technical Lead at Vodafone

Security and vulnerabilities could improve.

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DO
Network System Administrator - Team Leader at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees

I'd like an improvement in being able to separate all the services offered. 

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BP
Disaster Recovery Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees

It would help if there was a possibility to postpone some updates. If some are not required, it could speed up the process of starting up the operating system. Sometimes big workloads related to services are running directly on the system itself and not the application. This is what I have noticed.

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KS
General Manager

Rebooting is sometimes required to resolve certain issues, but we've never been able to determine the root cause. The problem gets solved but we'd like to know what causes it.

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RM
DevOps Strategist at a marketing services firm with 1-10 employees

Windows should add some more compatibility tools to Windows Server.

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mehrab hussain - PeerSpot reviewer
Junior Software Engineer at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

The integration and monitoring could be improved.

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EH
Solutions Development Manager at a manufacturing company with 10,001+ employees

The upgrade process for this solution could be simplified and made more straightforward.

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SB
Senior Practice Lead at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

The on premises to cloud migration should be easier. 

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KS
Chief Manager at a manufacturing company with 5,001-10,000 employees

An improvement would be to have more dashboards.

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Buyer's Guide
Windows Server
July 2022
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