Windows Server 2012 Editions


There are several editions of Windows Server 2012. Organisations can select the edition of Windows Server 2012 that best meets their needs. System Administrators can save costs by selecting the appropriate edition when deploying a server for a specific role. The editions of Windows Server 2012 are listed below;

  • Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Edition
  • Windows Server 2012 Foundation Edition
  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials
  • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012
  • Windows Storage Server 2012 Workgroup
  • Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Multipoint Server 2012 Standard
  • Windows Multipoint Server 2012 Premium

Windows Server 2012 Standard edition

Provides all roles and features available on the Windows Server 2012

platform.

Supports up to 64 sockets and up to 4 terabytes (TB) of RAM.

Includes 2 virtual machine licenses.

Windows Server 2012 Datacenter edition

Provides all roles and features that are available on the Windows Server 2012 platform.

Supports 64 sockets, up to 640 processor cores, and up to 4 TB of RAM.

Includes unlimited virtual-machine licenses for virtual machines run on the same hardware.

Windows Server 2012 Foundation edition

Allows only 15 users and cannot be joined to a domain.

Supports one processor core and up to 32 GB of RAM.

Includes limited server roles.

Windows Server 2012 Essentials

Serves as the next edition of Small Business Server.

Cannot function as a Hyper-V Server 2012 failover clustering, Server Core, or remote desktop services server.

Supports up to 25 users, 50 devices.

Supports 2 processor cores and 64 GB of RAM.

Must be root server in domain.

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012

Standalone Hyper-V Server 2012 platform for virtual machines with no UI.

No licensing cost for host OS; virtual machines to be licensed normally.

Supports 64 sockets and 4 TB of RAM.

Supports domain join.

Does not support other Windows Server 2012 roles, other than limited file-services features.

Windows Storage Server 2012 Workgroup

Entry-level unified storage appliance.

Supports up to 50 users.

Supports one processor core, 32 GB of RAM.

Supports domain join.

Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard

Supports 64 sockets, but is licensed on a 2-socket increment basis.

Supports 4 TB of RAM.

Includes 2 virtual-machine licenses.

Supports domain join.

Supports some roles, including DNS and DHCP Server roles, but does not support others, including Active Directory ® Domain Services (AD DS), Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS), and Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS).

Windows Multipoint Server 2012 Standard

Supports multiple users accessing the same host computer directly using separate mouse, keyboard, and monitors.

Supports one socket, 32 GB of RAM, and a maximum of 12 sessions.

Supports some roles, including DNS and DHCP Server roles, but does not support others, including AD DS, AD CS, and AD FS.

Does not support domain join.

Windows Multipoint Server 2012 Premium

Supports multiple users accessing the same host computer directly using separate mouse, keyboard, and monitors.

Limited to 2 sockets, 4 TB of RAM, and a maximum of 22 sessions.

Supports some roles, including DNS and DHCP Server roles, but does not support others, including AD DS, AD CS, and AD FS.

•Supports domain join.

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