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Windows Server Primary Use Case

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

We have the product that my team works on and we need to, for example, deploy the solution on running servers. That way, the client can access it and the QAs in our team could test it.

Also, we have some database servers other than the Windows Server. We use it for servers - indicators for better pages for better performance. We create the databases actually. 

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Systems Engineer at a educational organization with 11-50 employees

The solution is mainly used if you have a lot of solutions that integrate with Microsoft products. The usage varies. It depends on what you want to do with it. If you want to use it for integrating for web services or integrating for OS with some of your net applications, or your C-Sharp type of environments, then Windows is your go-to.

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KH
Data Solution Architect at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use Windows Server to host all of our Windows-specific applications, such as Active Directory. We also use it for our systems that are running Microsoft SQL Server, since it used to be dependent on Windows. That is no longer necessary because we have an option to run it on Linux, as well.

Our infrastructure includes systems from Microsoft, Linux, and IBM.

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

A couple of years ago we migrated from the 2008 to the 2012 version and we are currently in the process of trying to migrate our applications to that of 2019. We use Windows 10 for OS. We're researching z/OS, which is actually Linux based, to see how well it works with Windows applications. 

When it comes to the SQL server, we have separate application and database servers, the latter which is also on Windows Server 2012. This means that we have a couple of applications in which we hosted in IIS and Windows Server 2012. Consequently, we have quite a collection of Windows 2012 that are currently running in our data center. 

For the moment, we are not making use of the solution in our environment but looking into how we can have a license free OS that can both work with lower machines and function very well.

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

We are using this solution as a server operating system.

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LG
System Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

Most of the time we use it for user account access. We also deploy Microsoft on machines that must run on Windows. Beyond that, we use it for the remote desktop, and obviously for its mobile Microsoft features.

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

I primarily use the solution for college assignments.

We are using it just to learn how to configure all the options that Windows Server provides for the active directory and basically all the necessary configurations. It's for enterprise infrastructure, so to speak. We are mainly focusing on group policy and remote authentication, the main controller, and all the functionalities that a Windows server provides through the access directory.

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

We primarily use the solution for a variety of tasks including active directory servers, exchange servers, hosting applications, running insurance apps, and SQL databases. A whole gamut of things. 

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IT Manager at Rashideen Egypt For Trade

It's a platform, so it brings on a system for the servers themselves. I have multiple services running over Microsoft Servers, for example.SAP, Exchange . All of my services already running are running over this platform.

I also using it occasionally for application access.

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SCADA/EMS System Programmer at GCCIA

Our primary use case is for the SCADA system, for the ITS system, and for the station system. I'm a system programmer and we are customers of Microsoft.

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

I primarily use it for my day-to-day business tasks. 

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

I use the solution for all my servers, for the domain, the file server and other applications with which it is compatible. 

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

Mostly we use the product for file sharing, and then for database applications. That's about it. We're not running cloud services and other things. 

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Sr. System and Storage Administrator at a government with 51-200 employees

We primarily use the solution for our different applications.

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

The solution is used both as a security measure and basically for all operating systems which are mostly for the ERP systems. They need to be installed in a Windows Server so that it has a link to the domain. It makes it a secure network.

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

We primarily use the solution on our DNS network. It's the de facto operating system in our organization.

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Solution Architect at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

We are primarily using the solution as a domain controller for user authentication and a DNS server.

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

We are using Windows Server 2016 for our organization's backend applications which reside in a data center. HP provides us with our Windows platforms, and we also have Unix platforms from them as well.

We have been using Windows environments since I joined my organization, which is close to 20 years now. Currently, we're doing what you can call a hosted private cloud with colocation and we are running some huge workloads using Windows Server in this cloud.

From our side, the organization's 2800 end users are mostly running Windows 10 in a highly virtualized environment. So whenever we need more resources, it takes just a couple of minutes to get it up and running.

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

We're primarily using the solution mostly for the file server and communication and so on.

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NK
Senior IT Manager at a pharma/biotech company with 501-1,000 employees

We typically use the solution for hosting applications, which is more related to Visual Studio and other similar items.

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

I just use Windows Server to install third party software, things like data integration tools and BI tools. One of the uses was to set up an on-prem Active Directory. So these kinds of things.

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Lead DevOps Engineer at Etisalat

Our primary use case of Windows Server is application support. We have applications such as SAP-based or web-based solutions that we use through Citrix-based solutions. We deploy it on Azure. 

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AGM, Enterprise Solutions at Omgea Exim Ltd

We work mostly on the banking organization segment. In banking organizations, they are using around 40% of Windows Servers. If there is any database they will be using MySQL. Including enterprise segments. 80% of people are using Windows Server and SQL or Exchange though, actually, now people are migrating to the cloud. Groups of companies, including enterprise pharmaceuticals, are mostly using Microsoft.

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

We primarily use the solution for the domain controller.

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

The solution is very useful if the company doesn't want open storage, OS. In those cases, we usually recommend customers to use Microsoft services. Most of the time it's actually the client who gives us advice on what kind of OS they want to use and they will just ask for the quotation. 

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

We primarily use the solution as a base layer for our software. Our developers decided they should create our products based on the Microsoft platform. We have to use the Windows Server as the applied model.

We have some solutions based on Linux, however, Microsoft Windows Server is the primary operating system.

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

The solution is basically an operating system for business. We use it for business purposes. that's it.

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Sales Manager at INFOSEC

We primarily use the solution in order to manage clients, the CRM, or ERP (such as SAP), or such applications as Microsoft Dynamics. We use it for a variety of things. 

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Group DWH and BI Senior Manager at Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa

We use Windows Server mainly for deploying high-end applications and databases.

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

I'm an ICT system engineer and we are customers of Microsoft. 

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

I've used it with government applications to integrate and install with Shine server and Fire servers, enabling remote access. For some clients, we have developed and installed an integrated solution for about 500 users and are usually 'anywhere applications.' One client is a government permit office, and they use it for GIS applications and keep track of services.

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

We are primarily using the solution for implementing some of our applications.

The applications that are running are very easy to handle. Most of the applications are on the Linux environment, as well.

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

The solution is mainly used for personal tasks. A lot of the customers are working with Microsoft solutions. This product works well with Microsoft. That's why we provide the Microsoft Windows Server solution to a lot of our customers.

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

It's there just hosting the SQL Servers and they're not using IIS or some Microsoft-specific technology. We're just hosting some MSSQL.

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

Our use cases are usually data and analytics. We are building platforms for our clients to exploit their data. We are building the data curation. 

Also, the analytics for the front end, and the presentation of the data for the end-user.

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

We primarily use the solution as a database.

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

Currently, we are trying to use the solution as the host for a specific system. Another use case is as NFS files sharing space.

The solution is deployed on-premise.

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

We primarily use the solution for hosting applications. We have six applications, which are VMs.

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

We primarily use the solution for the Arctic directory, SharePoint, or the Information System's company.

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

We use Windows Server as the endpoint solution and for hosting our enterprise applications.

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

We are primarily using Windows Server for monitoring purposes.

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System Administrator at a non-tech company with 10,001+ employees

We upgraded to 2019 and use this as our operating system for our domain controller, for our file server, and for running our ERP. We're also run our ERP on  Microsoft Dynamics.

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DGM-IT at a construction company with 10,001+ employees

We are using Windows Server for our business applications, ERP and everything else.

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

We use this solution to install and use applications on it.

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

Windows Server is deployed both on-premises and on cloud.

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

We are using this solution for some database applications.

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CA
Owner and business consultant at networks srl

We used Windows Server for file sharing and centralized authentication.

We stopped using Microsoft Server in 2012 due to hardware failure and licensing costs. For these reasons, we decided to move to open-source solutions.

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

Windows Server can be used for various mission-critical applications, such as SAP, web servers, SQL databases, and hosting. Various security applications, for example, Symantec or McAfee, all need Windows Servers as the back end to operate. Additionally, this solution can be used to build up a Failover Cluster.

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Senior System Engineer at a comms service provider with 201-500 employees

We use Windows Server to host applications, host files, emails, Windows server emails, and data exchange. But for the most part, we use it to host applications, directory services, and DNS services. 

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

We have an asset management system from a vendor that requires Windows Server. That's where the old content of customers is being stored.

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Senior Oracle Database Administrator at a financial services firm with 51-200 employees

Window Server is for the front-end applications. It is on the client-facing side.

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

We primarily use the solution for many things. It's an operating system. We use to run many different application servers like SAP exchanges, and applications in our environment.

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Solution Architect at KIAN company

We use it to implement and configure Active Directory environments for organizations. Projects can be related to running WS systems as well as implementing and performing System Center Configuration Manager, assisting the OM, Operation Manager, and monitoring.

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

The solution helps fulfill customer requirements. We use it for applications.

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

We have many brands that we use here in our firm. As an example, we use Dell for our Laptops, we use Lenovo, we use IBM for our computers, Cisco for our switches, and Microsoft.

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

We primarily use the solution for many purposes, the Active Directory, SQL, web server, and many other features.

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

We are using Windows Server on virtual machines running off-premise.

This operating system for business can be useful for personal documents or any daily or routine stuff.

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

We are using this solution for all of our on-premise application servers. The latest version is Windows Server 2019, but we are using Windows Server 2016. We haven't felt the need to upgrade it.

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

The product is primarily used for applications, data storage, and communications. We also use it for the directory.

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Sr. Network Administrator at ACMC

Our primary use case of Windows Server is running our business applications, such as ERP. 

This solution is deployed on-premises. 

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TR
Control Systems Supervisor with 201-500 employees

We primarily use the solution as our general operating system.

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

We are using Windows Server as an operating platform. It's an Operating system.

We host our products on the Windows Server.

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

We use the solution as a server OS. Due to security reasons, we have created some virtual machines instead of on-premise deployments and we are writing SQL queries.

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

I use Windows Server 2015.

We have data center and now we use the software to do the virtualization. We develop certain functions. 

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IB
PPM Services Director at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We deploy our solution in Windows Server when our customers are working in Windows. So it depends on the customer's requirements.

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MZ
IT manager at a agriculture with 10,001+ employees

We use Windows for its Single-Instance Storage, SIS, capabilities. The solution has deduplication default features. In respect of Windows security, the solution offers a GUI, graphical user interface, that is very convenient for the user. Linux, for its part, does not offer a graphical user interface. 

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

We use these servers for databases and applications.

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

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.

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GC
Science Technician at a government with 201-500 employees

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

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

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. 

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

We use this solution as our operating system.

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NA
Assistant Manager – IT Infrastructure at a manufacturing company with 201-500 employees

Most of our computers have the Windows Server operating system, and all of our applications are running on it.

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IT Support Executive at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees

We use the solution as a typical server for our organization.

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

We use the solution for managing data base applications for client monitoring.

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

We hosted servers on the solution. We installed programs and services on it such as Azure, an ERP product.

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AA
Modern Data Center and Cloud Engineer II at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We use Windows Server as a business operating system.

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

We are using it for Windows Active Directory, DHCP Server, and application servers.

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

We use Windows Server for hosting web pages, our SQL databases, and other things.

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

We use this solution to run several personal applications and enterprise applications.

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

We are using Windows Server locally for our DNS.

We are implementers, and we perform this service for our clients.

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

We are in the waste logistics industry and we are using this product as the central server for our file systems. The SQL server is running on top of this.

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

We primarily use Windows Server for Citrix desktops and domain controllers.

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

We use it for a system that we have in our company. We are using Windows Server 2016.

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

We use this solution to run our applications and overall our day-to-day activities.

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AA
Senior Security Operation Engineer at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees

This solution can be used for a lot of things, such as email, file servers, authentication, network access protocol, DNS, active directory, and accessing the main controllers.

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OK
System Integration Engineer at a computer software company with 1-10 employees

We use this solution for virtualization and the remote desktop.

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

We use this solution for business applications.

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DB
System Administrator & IT Specialist at a computer software company with 51-200 employees

We are using it mainly for Active Directory, Exchange Servers, and file services.

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

We use it for the operating system.

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AS
Consulting and Pre-Sales Manage at a tech services company with 11-50 employees

Our primary use case for Windows Server is to support applications and distribute them to all the company users.

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AB
IT System Engineer at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

We use this solution for many purposes, such as managing user accounts in Active Directory, storage, hosting applications, and remote server access.

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RPA Consultant and Business Analyst at a performing arts with 10,001+ employees

I use the solution solely for official purposes. 

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

We have many applications which require Windows Server, such as SQL Server and an application server that acts as a middle layer.

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SA
Chief Engineer at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

We used Windows Server to run SQL applications and a few remote desktop applications.

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NS
Network Engineer at a pharma/biotech company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We use Windows Server as our certified server for compatibility.

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

The solution is primarily used to deploy applications into the cloud and as remote information storage. Additionally, it is useful for test purposes. 

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

We use this solution for common management and group policy management. Within our organization, there are between 300 to 400 people using this solution and we intend to expand and continue using Windows Server in the future.

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

We use Windows Server for sharing files and running applications, for example, Microsoft Exchange for correspondence.

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AG
Systems and networks engineer at a government with self employed

I use Windows Server for applications.

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

We use Windows Server for applications, data storage, and communication.

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AA
ASM at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees

We're using it primarily for domain control, additional domains, and servers. Everything is used under the Windows platform.

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

We are using Windows Server to run applications.

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Data & AI expert at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution can be used for remote access through the remote desktop.

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MB
Systems and Networks Engineer at a insurance company with 1,001-5,000 employees

We are using Windows Server for all of our servers in our organization.

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

We use a variety of applications that are hosted on our Windows Server.

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

We are providing services to our clients using this solution.

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

We are using Windows Server as an operating system.

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SS
Software Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

I use this solution for running applications that my clients use.

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

I am using this solution for a databases server running Azure.

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

We login and run our personal and business applications on Windows Server. We have 50 users in our organization.

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

We are in service and sales. We are serving and selling products to our customers.

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

We are using the solution as a web server.

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Senior System Administrator at Debre Markos University

We use the 2016 version. 

We use the solution for our applications. 

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NMS Service Automation & RPA Technical Lead at Vodafone

We use this solution as an operating system to run applications, such as Microsoft SQL.

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

I'm using the Windows Server to manage all the printers and all the additional hardware. I have a mini virtual server. We are customers of Windows and I'm a network system administrator.

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KS
General Manager

I use the solution when I'm working from home. 

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Junior Software Engineer at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

We use it to deploy any product.

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Learn what your peers think about Windows Server. Get advice and tips from experienced pros sharing their opinions. Updated: January 2022.
564,729 professionals have used our research since 2012.