Compare scale of Windows Server

System Windows Server 2008 R2Windows Server 2012 R2
Host Logical processors 64 320
  Physical memory 1 TB 4 TB
  Virtual processors per host 512 2,048
Virtual Machine Virtual processors per VM 64GB 1 TB
  Virtual disk capacity 2 TB 64 TB
  Active virtual machines 384 1,024
Cluster Nodes 16 64
  Virtual machines 1,000 8,000

Compare versions of Windows Server

Features Server 2003Server 2008 / 2008 R2Server 2012Server 2012 R2
Identity and Access Active Directory Service
  Dynamic Access Control    
  AD virtualization support    
Virtualization Shared-nothing live migration    
  Hyper-V Replica    
  Hyper-V clustering  
  Virtual Desktop Infrastructure  
Storage Storage Spaces with tiering      
  Shared VHDX      
  Live storage migration    
  Storage QoS      
  Cluster share volume  
Web and App Plat Multi-tenant high density websites  
  NUMA aware scalability    
  Dynamic IP restrictions    
Networking Hyper-V Network Virtualization    
  NIC teaming    
  IP address management    
Management and Automation Server Core  
  Multiserver management    
  Windows PowerShell
  Windows PowerShell Workflow
and Web Access


Windows Server 2012 R2

Box of MS Windows Server


Windows Server 2012 R2 empowers businesses with enterprise-grade infrastructure management on a scalable, manageable budget. Integrate cloud services into your instance with state-of-the-art features, such as server virtualization and information protection, designed to help manage your workload and applications. Design, deploy, administrate, enforce and monitor your business IT system in real time.


Real-Time Storage Solutions


Real-Time Storage Solutions w/SQL and OLAP


Design your SAN (Storage-Area-Network) with intent and efficiency. Manage your data and extend your resources to users over the cloud with ease; Windows Server 2012 has built-in features to make sure critical information is continuously available.




Networking Made Easy


Segment your network based on specific needs, or culminate everything onto a single server. Easily scale your network and storage campaigns all while protecting against outages and hazards. Implement your instance across the cloud, internally, and publicly, in an all-in-one solution that benefits both end users and clients.


Server Virtualization

One Platform - One Experience - 3 Deployment Choices

Session Hosted Live Hosted Session    Pooled VMs Pooled Virtual Boxes   Person VMs Personal VM


Pool resources and consolidate processing power across your organization with Hyper-V – run virtual machines for users on one host; reduce overhead, maintenance and hardware outages with this popular hardware investment method.


Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Windows Server Virtual Desktop Infrastructure


Otherwise known as VDI, this premier feature allows for easy virtual resource management across devices and teams. Pooled desktops, Remote Desktops, and Personal desktops are the three options present with VDI; all of which utilize Hyper-V and resource pooling technologies.


A Community Of Millions

Microsoft Community of Millions


Millions around the world choose Windows Server 2012 R2. This means there are thousands of active community resources and applications available to developers and end users.


Store Data Across
the Organization

Share Your Data Across the Organization


Built in high-performance storage options designed to get you the most out of your precious resources. 


Built-In Security Features

SaaS Cloud Centric Security Policies

Software As A Service Easily Configure Permissions Includes Windows Server Remote Access, VPN and DirectAccess Always Connected Online Always Open For Business

- Manage identities for single users or groups

- Easily configure role-based access for your most sensitive data

- DirectAccess, VPN, Windows Server Remote Access (RRAS) Features Included

- Learn more about Open Business here (link to our Open license page) 

Cost Effective

Pool Company Resources      Reduce Lost Time and Waste      Reduce Company Expenses 
Share Resources              Reduce Wastages                     Reduce Cost

- Share Networking and Storage Resources across the Enterprise

- Reduce Wasted Storage Automatically with DeDuplication*