The Microsoft Windows Server family of operating systems has become the industry standard for integrity, dependability, performance, and speed for hosting web applications, web pages, and XML services since the early 2000's.
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard is the sixth edition of Windows Server, and features system components "redesigned from the ground up" to be compatible with all current web framework, as well as be able to meet demand for up-and-coming technologies on the horizon.
So, for online businesses that want the best combination of features, reliability, and performance, you can count on Windows Server 2012 R2 to deliver. It's one of the most widely accepted web development and deployment platforms available. It's the Microsoft commitment to quality that brings more people to use Windows than nearly any other server in existence.
And if you need more proof that Windows Server 2012 R2 is the right choice for your business, consider the following :
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New Server Manager - The new Windows 2012 R2 server manager allows you to organize your servers into groups, based on their profiles and characteristics. For example, grouping database servers together can be done with just a few mouse clicks, and creating multiple server groups based on specific attributes is quick and easy too!
Identical Architecture For Datacenter And Standard Edition - One big win for Microsoft has been to ensure that both versions, Microsoft Windows Datacenter and Standard edition, use the same background processes and architecture. The only notable difference is that Datacenter provides unlimited guest virtualization, while Standard provides support for only up to two guests.
Choose Between Using Command Line Or GUI - One of the best parts about Windows Server 2012 R2 is the ability to perform tasks that normally take hours using the command line, but only minutes using the Graphical User Interface (GUI).
In addition to that, and possibly more importantly, you can configure Windows Server 2012 to run without the resource stall of the GUI at all! Forcing Windows Server to run GUI-Free lets you pre-define tasks and settings within the GUI, yes, but doesn't force you to load it each time at startup. The choice is always yours. This provides a huge increase in performance and prevents troublesome resource "hogging".
1. The success of the original Microsoft Windows line of Home and Professional operating systems is still unrivaled by any other OS in existence. And it's with the original Microsoft Windows framework in mind that Windows Server was born. You're getting world-class performance alongside server capabilities that outperform Open-Source options by a landslide.
2. Alternative server options, such as free Linux distros, although designed to function as web servers 100%, have well known uptime and performance issues. Sure, they're totally free, and allow you to customize the server to do EXACTLY what you tell it to do, but for your average business owner, there's simply TOO MUCH room for error. And things go wrong quite frequently with Linux servers because there's no financial backing or tech support. Apache falls into this category, as does NGINX, various One Click Installer Stacks (LAMP, LEMP, etc.), and others.
3. Sure, Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard costs a few hundred, but free server distributions can hurt your business if you're not a skilled expert! That's why the Windows Server line of operating systems were created. To help business owners create an online presence without having to be experts!
4. While free and open-source web server options are constantly falling behind, Microsoft will be there to provide the critical updates that keep your server in-tune with new technologies as soon as they're released.
These are minimum system requirements for installing Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard