Windows Server 2012 Editions

Windows Server 2012 Editions

Windows Server 2012 has four editions: Foundation, Essentials, Standard and Datacenter.

 

Specifications Foundation Essentials Standard Datacenter
Distribution
OEM only
Retail, volume licensing, OEM
Retail, volume licensing, OEM
Volume licensing and OEM
Licensing model
Per server
Per server
Per CPU pair + CAL
Per CPU pair + CAL
Processor chip limit
1
2
64
64
User limit 15 25 Unlimited Unlimited
File Services limits 1 standalone DFS root 1 standalone DFS root Unlimited Unlimited
Network Policy and Access Services limits 50 RRAS connections and 10 IAS connections 250 RRAS connections, 50 IAS connections, and 2 IAS Server Groups Unlimited Unlimited
Remote Desktop Services limits 20 Remote Desktop Services connections 250 Remote Desktop Services connections Unlimited Unlimited
Virtualization rights N/A Either in 1 VM or 1 physical server, but not both at once 2 VMs
Unlimited
DHCP role Yes Yes Yes Yes
DNS server role Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fax server role Yes Yes Yes Yes
UDDI Services Yes Yes Yes Yes
Print and Document Services Yes Yes Yes Yes
Web Services (Internet Information Services) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Deployment Services Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Server Update Services Yes Yes Yes Yes
Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services Yes Yes Yes Yes
Active Directory Rights Management Services Yes Yes Yes Yes
Application server role Yes Yes Yes Yes
Server Manager Yes Yes Yes Yes
Windows Powershell Yes Yes Yes Yes
Active Directory Domain Services Must be root of forest and domain Must be root of forest and domain Yes Yes
Active Directory Certificate Services Certificate Authorities only Certificate Authorities only Yes Yes
Active Directory Federation Services Yes
No Yes Yes
Server Core mode No No Yes Yes
Hyper-V No No Yes Yes
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