Windows Server
Windows Server
Windows Server.png
Developer Microsoft
Source model Closed source and shared source
Initial release April 24, 2003; 14 years ago (2003-04-24)
Latest release 1709 (10.0.16299) / 17 October 2017; 5 months ago (2017-10-17)[1]
Latest preview RS4 (10.0.17035) / 15 November 2017; 4 months ago (2017-11-15)[2]
Update method Windows Update, Windows Server Update Services, SCCM
Default user interface
License Trialware, SaaS or volume licensing
Official website

Windows Server is a brand name for a group of server operating systems released by Microsoft. It includes all Windows operating systems that are branded "Windows Server", but not any other Microsoft product. The first Windows server edition to be released under that brand was Windows Server 2003. However, the first server edition of Windows was Windows NT 3.1 Advanced Server, followed by Windows NT 3.5 Server, Windows NT 4.0 Server, and Windows 2000 Server; the latter was the first server edition to include Active Directory, DNS Server, DHCP Server, Group Policy, as well as many other popular features used today.


Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC)

Windows Server operating system releases under the Long Term Servicing Channel are supported by Microsoft for 10 years, with five years of mainstream support and an additional five years of extended support. These releases also offer a complete GUI desktop experience, along with GUI less setups such as Server Core and Nano Server for releases that support them.[3][4]

This channel includes the following operating systems:[5]

Semi-Annual Channel (SAC)

Windows Server operating system releases under the Semi-Annual Channel are supported by Microsoft for only 18 months. Microsoft targets two releases of Windows Server per year under this channel. These releases do not offer any GUI desktop environments, with only Server Core or Nano Server setups offered during installation.[6][7]

Operating systems from this channel are only available as part of subscription services, including Software Assurances, Azure Marketplace, Visual Studio subscriptions, and others.[7]

This channel includes the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server version 1709 (September 2017)
  • Windows Server version 1803
  • Windows Server version 1809

Certain editions of Windows Server have a customized name. For example, all editions of Windows Server to this date had a Windows Storage Server edition. Starting with Windows Server 2012, Windows Storage Server was discontinued, as Microsoft has begun to simplify server offers into a Standard vs Datacenter edition approach. Other examples include Windows Home Server and Windows HPC Server.

Microsoft has also produced Windows Server Essentials (formerly Windows Small Business Server) and the discontinued Windows Essential Business Server, software bundles which include a somewhat restricted Windows Server operating system and some other Microsoft Server products.[8][9][10]


Users of Windows Server may choose to deploy either on-site or using a cloud computing service. Each provides different advantages.

By delegating the managing and upkeep of the server to a cloud computing service such as Microsoft Azure[11] or Amazon Web Services,[12] users get the benefit of paying monthly based on usage rather than a large fixed cost. Furthermore, infrastructure tends to be more reliable and it is easier to scale up as necessary. However, buying and running a server in-house may be a better choice in certain cases when it is more cost effective. Other use cases such as using a Windows server to manage client computers in a facility are also appropriate for running a physical server.[13]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Introducing Windows Server, version 1709". Microsoft Docs. Microsoft. Windows Server. 
  2. ^ "Announcing Windows Server Insider Preview Build 17035". Windows Blog. Microsoft. 
  3. ^ "What is Microsoft Windows Server LTSC (Long-Term Servicing Channel)? - Definition from". SearchWindowsServer. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Windows Server - Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) vs Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) - Thomas Maurer". Thomas Maurer. 2017-11-19. Retrieved . 
  5. ^ "Previous versions of server and cloud products". Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved . 
  6. ^ "Windows Server - Semi-Annual Channel (SAC) vs Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC) - Thomas Maurer". Thomas Maurer. 2017-11-19. Retrieved . 
  7. ^ a b jaimeo. "Windows Server Semi-Annual Channel overview". Retrieved . 
  8. ^ "Windows Essential Business Server". Microsoft TechNet. Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 2011. 
  9. ^ "Windows Small Business Server 2008 Technical FAQ". Microsoft TechNet. Microsoft Corporation. Retrieved 2011. 
  10. ^ Thurrott, Paul (3 September 2011). "Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials". Supersite for Windows. Penton Media, Inc. Retrieved 2011. 
  11. ^ "Windows Virtual Machines documentation". Microsoft. Retrieved 2016. 
  12. ^ "Windows Server on AWS". Amazon Web Services. Retrieved 2016. 
  13. ^ "What is windows server?". BlogTech. 27 June 2016. Retrieved 2016. 

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