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Microsoft Windows Server is a server operating system that enables a computer to handle network roles such as print server, domain controller, web server, and file server. As a server operating system, it is also the platform for separately acquired server applications such as Microsoft Exchange Server or Microsoft SQL Server.
If you have system administration experience, you can use Microsoft Windows Server to:
There are a number of products related to Windows Server available for eligible not-for-profit organisations.
The Standard Edition is designed for small-to-medium-sized organisations with physical or lightly virtualised server environments.
The Essentials Edition is designed for small organisations with minimal server requirements.
The Datacenter Edition is designed for organisations with large workloads and heavily virtualized server environments.
Each licence allows up to two physical processors on one server and up to two virtual instances of the server software. For additional licencing information, see below.
The Standard and Datacenter editions of Windows Server both use processor-based licencing, with each license allowing up to two physical processors.
The two editions have identical features, but they differ in the number of virtual instances of the server software you are allowed to run.
Every device and user requires a “client access license” to be able to connect to Windows Server. Below are the CALs available through Connecting Up
Microsoft Windows Server and Windows Server CALs include Software Assurance. Under the Software Assurance program, you have the right to install any new release of products covered in the agreement during the term of your coverage.