Windows Server 2012 R2 Install Guide

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Feature Comparison

The following table is a feature comparison between Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter editions.

Specifications Standard Datacenter
Distribution Retail, Volume Licensing, OEM Volume Licensing, OEM
Licensing model Per CPU pair + CAL Per CPU pair + CAL
Processor chip limit 64 64
Memory limit 4 TB 4 TB
User limit Unlimited Unlimited
File Services limits Unlimited Unlimited
Network Policy and Access Services limits Unlimited Unlimited
Remote Desktop Services limits Unlimited Unlimited
Virtualization rights 2 VMs Unlimited
Active Directory Certificate Services Yes Yes
Active Directory Domain Services Yes Yes
Active Directory Federation Services Yes Yes
Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services Yes Yes
Active Directory Rights Management Services Yes Yes
Application server role Yes Yes
DHCP role Yes Yes
DNS server role Yes Yes
Fax server role Yes Yes
Hyper-V virtualization Yes Yes
Internet Information Services Yes Yes
Print and Document Services Yes Yes
Server Core mode Yes Yes
Server Manager Yes Yes
UDDI Services Yes Yes
Windows Deployment Services Yes Yes
Windows Powershell Yes Yes
Windows Server Update Services Yes Yes

As you can see, Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter are technically identical – there is absolutely no difference between them with regard to there technical capabilities. The only difference is the virtualisation rights included with the license – two virtual machines for Standard and as many as you like for Datacenter. So if you are using virtualisation, you are better off using Datacenter edition.


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