Server Operating Systems (2022)

So you're looking at moving to a client-server model. You want to take the documents that are randomly scattered on the hard disks of the office PCs and manage them in a single directory, accessible at any time from any PC in the office. Maybe you want to get your own Internet domain name and have a Web site that you host locally, or build an Intranet for staff information and communication. Perhaps you just want to take your single DSL link and provide secure Net access for everybody in the office.

If you're running a small business and have more than two or three PCs in the office, it's time to start looking at setting up a server. One of your first considerations will be which server operating system (OS) to use.

What is a server operating system? (Back to contents)

Server OSes are designed from the ground up to provide platforms for multi-user, frequently business-critical, networked applications. As such, the focus of such operating systems tends to be security, stability and collaboration, rather than user interface.

Server OSes provide a platform for multi-user applications, and most come bundled with a batch of common server applications, such as Web servers, e-mail agents and terminal services.

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Common applications for server OSes (Back to contents)

File and printer sharing: File sharing involves setting up a common storage point for a company's documents - a network drive, as it were. Print sharing allows multiple computers to use a single printer. Windows 95, 98 and ME do have file and print sharing, but are not recommended for use as server OSes.

Application services (including databases): a server OS's ability to run the applications you need is obviously crucial. Servers function as crucial database stores and shared environments for collaborative applications (such as networked MYOB or Quicken).

Web site services: A hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP) server is included with many server OSes, either via an integrated application, or other HTTP applications such as the Apache open source server. Some OSes also come with more advanced features, such as database integration (so you can dynamically build Web pages based on information in a database), personalisation and scripting. The world's most popular HTTP server application, Apache, comes with just about every version of Unix and also runs on Windows. Microsoft provides Internet Information Server (IIS) for Windows platforms.

E-mail, groupware and messaging: A central e-mail server allows you to forward and receive e-mails to and from your business, as well as control individual e-mail accounts based on a domain. Groupware applications, such as Lotus Notes, Microsoft Exchange or Novell GroupWise, provide email as well as much more sophisticated collaboration. These applications can include shared calendars, document version management, group forums, database/messaging integration, instant messaging and whiteboard sharing. Open source mail systems such as SendMail and Exim are also popular.

Terminal services: Allow a client to run a productivity application on a server, while seeing the visual results of the application on their screen. For instance, a client ('terminal') could be running Microsoft Word on the server from their desktop. The server does all the processing work, and just transmits the graphical changes to the terminal, while taking the user's input (mouse movements and key strokes) and sending them to the server. This model allows a company to use clients that don't have a lot of processing power (and enforces the storage of documents on the server, rather than on local hard drives). A server with a lot of memory and a fast processor is needed if it's going to be running productivity applications for the whole office.

Nearly every current server OS can do this via Windows Terminal Server, Citrix MetaFrame or the X Window System (which is used by Novell and just about every Unix variant).

Caching: Speeding up network access (usually Internet access) by storing previously downloaded files in a cache - kind of like the way an Internet browser keeps a cache of the Web pages you have visited so it doesn't have to download the files all over again. Examples of caching server applications include Novell BorderManager, Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server, Inktomi Traffic Server and Squid.

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Do I need a different server for each application? (Back to contents)

Sometimes - a typical server OS can handle two of more of these tasks for a small number of clients. When a large number of clients are added, or the applications called for use a lot of processing power, you may need to add more servers and diversify their functions. Load monitoring (that is, reporting on the amount of work the server and network is doing) in server OSes can give a good indication of when a new server - or an upgraded server - might be necessary.

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Things to look for in a server OS (Back to contents)

Here's a quick list:

Administration - what tools are available and how easy are they to use.

Security - perhaps the most important feature, and the hardest to judge and get right. In general, the more tasks a server performs, the more potential holes hackers have to get in. For a comprehensive look at Server OS security issues, check out the World Wide Web Security FAQ at http://www.w3.org/Security/Faq/.

Stability - downtime is an organisational killer.

Features - does it have the specific services you want built in (does it have an HTTP server for your planned Intranet, for instance, or an FTP server for remote file access)?

Performance - is the server OS, and the hardware platform it runs on, fast enough for your needs? Simple applications like file and print sharing do not require a fast PC - a Pentium-based server with a large hard disk does the trick - while Terminal services or high-volume database servers frequently require very powerful server hardware.

Hardware requirements - whether the server OS can run on Intel or AMD hardware, or whether it requires a proprietary platform, for example Sun's Solaris operating system runs only on Sun hardware, (note, the latter is not necessarily a bad thing; a proprietary platform can provide a holistic approach from the vendor).

Scalability - how many clients can reasonably access this system, and how far can the OS scale in the future (to new hardware or more processors, for instance) if needed.

TCO - how much the ancillary costs of the operating system are - in terms of productivity, administration and downtime.

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Third-party applications - what products are available for the platforms that aren't covered by the basic set included in the OS.

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Different server OSes (Back to contents)

The table shows a short list of some of the server OSes available today. Most of these are based on a Unix core.

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Which OS should I choose? (Back to contents)

Each has its strengths and weaknesses, and its use may depend on your level of technical competence.

Windows 2000 Professional, Server and Advanced Server can be readily used as small business servers. The strength of Windows lies in the familiarity of the interface; wide support – there is a mass of third party development for the platform, a reasonable price tag and a plentiful supply of available expertise.

The weaknesses of these OSes is the need for user-based licensing. Additionally, significant maintenance for security resources is required (there is a history of viruses infecting IIS in particular).

Linux and FreeBSD actually cover a large range of products. The purchase price ranges from freely downloadable to packaged and supported corporate products costing hundreds of dollars. Linux, in particular, comes in a huge variety of distributions; some act and look much like Windows; others can be used to build an appliance server (see below) that are totally administered through a Web or other interfaces. The core, or Kernel, of the operating systems are the same, however (although there may be variations in the version of the kernel used in a given distribution).

Mac OS X shares origins with FreeBSD, and has many of the same features and stability. The interface is very Macintosh, and you need to buy Apple hardware to use it. There aren't many third party applications for it as yet. It comes with an unlimited user licence.

In contrast to Mac OS X, Novell NetWare 6 is a very mature server OS. It was long sidelined as purely a 'file and print server', and missed out on picking up on a lot of the application server business. It still makes a very capable workgroup or enterprise server. Its file and Web services are first-rate, and it has a wide range of management interfaces, including a Web interface. Unfortunately, there are few third-party applications for it, installation is quite technical and it's not cheap.

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I'm confused by server licensing (Back to contents)

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Server OS vendors approach licensing in a variety of ways. In the case of products like Linux, FreeBSD or Mac OS X, there are no real licensing issues. After the initial purchase of the software, you're free to have as many clients attached to the server and as many processors in it as the software can handle. In the case of Linux, FreeBSD and NetBSD, the open source licenses also allow you to install the products on multiple servers.

Windows and NetWare have user licences. That is, only as many desktops as you have client access licenses (CALs) can connect to the server. If you want to add more PCs to your network, you need to purchase more licences. This cost is on top of the original purchase price of the operating system. When initially purchased, the OS will come with a given number of licences.

Alternately, Microsoft offers a per-CPU server licensing model, as do a few other vendors, such as Sun Microsystems. They charge by the number of CPUs the OS is running on. Sun Solaris 9, for instance, can be put on a single CPU server (or workstation) for free, but a multiprocessor machine will cost a given amount, based on the number of CPUs. In these license agreements, an unlimited number of clients can access the server. If you choose to go with a Microsoft solution, perform a quick comparison between the two options, taking into account current a future desktop numbers.

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Mirroring, fail-over and redundant servers (Back to contents)

Enterprises commonly have backup servers in case of a failure of some sort. Such server clusters are also used to increase computing capacity by distributing the processing load between the servers.

There are various configurations, but generally speaking a clustering server operating system (which is available only in a few server OSes) keeps track of which servers are currently alive, and shares the load between them (occasionally using a load-balancing server for this task). When one server disappears, through hardware, software or network failure, the load is redistributed to the remaining systems, keeping the server running.

It's probably overkill to have a cluster for most small businesses. Aside from the cost of multiple servers, clustering requires expert knowledge to set up and maintain - the kind of expert knowledge that charges a very high hourly rate. A cost-benefit analysis would be helpful in these circumstances: compare the cost of having redundant servers to the cost of having the server inoperative for a day or more.

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What about directory services? (Back to contents)

This is another feature that might not directly affect small business, but is worth explaining. Directory Services, of which the two best-known varieties are Novell eDirectory and Microsoft Active Directory, keep track of an organisation's resources and user access permissions.

To best illustrate what directory services do, an example is probably in order. Using directory services, the server administrator could define user John Doe as a sales representative. The directory determines that John Doe, as a sales rep, has access to applications A, B and C, can access the shared network directory X, and can print to printer Y. It also keeps his contacts and other personal details on file. When John logs onto the server, he finds these things (and only these things) accessible. If John got promoted, the server administrator simply changes his classification.

Directories are a convenient way for large enterprises to organize permissions and keep track of inventories and access controls for individuals. The best tools allow drag-and-drop style access to people, locations and resources.

Using and configuring them requires a bit of training, however, and they may not be necessary for small offices, where user mobility is not a great issue. In many cases setting user permissions in the desktop login may prove more fruitful - assuming you're using a desktop OS (such as Windows 2000 or XP) that has significant user permission controls.

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What are appliance servers (and can they work for me)? (Back to contents)

Appliance servers, a.k.a. turnkey servers, can be a very simple way of providing for a small business's needs at low cost. The appliance server concept covers a range of ideas, but the fundamental idea is that you just plug them into the network, and voila! - you have a server. You administer the server by logging onto it with a Web browser, and clients can access it just as they would any other server.

Simplicity is the key to the appliance server. They come preconfigured for basic common services: usually file and print, DNS, gateway, e-mail, Web and caching. They're a good idea for a company with low technical expertise and little stomach for paying for it. They can't expand beyond their original functions (being, in effect 'closed boxes').

Sun's Cobalt servers are a good example of all-purpose appliance servers. Single purpose servers, such as appliance Web servers are far more common. Dell, IBM, Compaq, Mitac and other major vendors have ranges of appliance-like servers which perform single functions, such as the PowerEdge Web Servers and Tasksmart caching. Similarly, network attached storage devices like Quantum's Snap Servers could be considered appliance file servers.

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Running a server OS: What do I do? (Back to contents)

Contractors are available for all major server OSes, including free platforms such as Linux and FreeBSD. They can give you advice on a suitable server for your needs.

A support contract is important in this circumstance. Look for uptime guarantees, support response times and availability. Make sure they document the installation properly (in case they suddenly disappear). Get several opinions from suppliers using different platforms and make sure that the product is suitably customised for your business. The server will need maintenance and patching, and proper security takes time to configure, no matter which platform is used.

Managing a support contract well can save you time and lot of headaches. It will also allow you to switch support providers at any time. Manage it badly, and you'll quickly find that your total cost of ownership starts to skyrocket.

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Server Operating Systems
Operating SystemCompanyHardware PlatformNo. of processorsAppropriate for:
Windows 2000 Server/Advanced Server/DatacentreMicrosoftIntel/AMD4 (Server)
8 (Advanced)
32 (Datacentre)
Small, medium and large servers
Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard/Enterprise/Datacentre/Web Server/Small BusinessMicrosoftIntel/AMD & IA-64, Opteron for 64-bit versions of Windows Server 20034 (Standard)
Up to 8 (Enterprise)
Minimum 8, Maximum 64 (Datacentre)
Small, medium and large servers
Linux (Red Hat, Mandrake, Debian, SuSE, etc.)Open SourceMany (esp. Intel/AMD)32 (Linux is readily used on more than 4 CPUs)Small to large servers
FreeBSD 7.0Open Sourcex86, Alpha, IA-64, PC-98 and UltraSPARC 4Small to large servers
Mac OSX Server v10.4ApplePowerPC with a G3, G4, or G5 processor (Apple)2 (4 available later)Small to medium servers
NetWare 6.5NovellIntel/AMD32Medium to large servers
Solaris 10Sun MicrosystemsSparc, Intel x64 or x86128Medium to enterprise servers
HP-UX 11i v1.6 & HP-UX 11i v2Hewlett-PackardPA-RISC, Intel Itanium64Enterprise servers
IRIX 6.5SGIMIPS64Enterprise servers
AIX 5L 5.2IBMPowerPC (RS/6000)32Enterprise servers
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FAQs

What are operating system servers? ›

A server OS is designed from the ground up to provide features suitable for multi-user, business-critical applications. It provides the central interface for managing users, implementing security, and other administrative processes. The focus of a server operating system is usually security, stability, and cooperation.

What is an example of a server OS? ›

Some common examples of server OSs include: Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Windows Server. Mac OS X Server.

What are the three most popular server operating systems? ›

As of September 2022, Android, an operating system using the Linux kernel, is the world's most-used operating system when judged by web use. It has 43% of the global market, followed by Windows with 29% , Apple iOS with 18%, macOS with 6%, then (desktop) Linux at 1.1% also using the Linux kernel.

How many server OS are there? ›

4 Common Types of Server Operating Systems.

Is Windows 10 a server operating system? ›

The main difference between Windows 10 and Windows Server is that Windows 10 is meant for at-home, personal PC use, while Windows Server is a dedicated OS meant for running server systems.

What are the 5 operating system? ›

For the most part, the IT industry largely focuses on the top five OSs, including Apple macOS, Microsoft Windows, Google's Android OS, Linux Operating System, and Apple iOS.

Is Linux a server OS? ›

A Linux server is a server built on the Linux open-source operating system. It offers businesses a low-cost option for delivering content, apps and services to their clients. Because Linux is open-source, users also benefit from a strong community of resources and advocates.

Which is the latest server OS? ›

Windows Server 2019
Working stateCurrent
Source modelClosed source
General availabilityOctober 2, 2018
Latest release10.0.17763 / October 2, 2018
Support status
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What is server OS and client OS? ›

A server OS basically runs on a given server. A client OS basically runs on various client devices, such as computers, laptops, etc. Operations. This type of OS is designed in a way that it operates on any server. This type of OS is designed in a way that it operates within a desktop.

Which OS most used on servers? ›

This list includes some of the most popular web servers according to W3Techs and Netcraft statistics regarding the usage of web servers.
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Stable releases.
Nginx stable releasesRelease date
Nginx 1.16.xApril 2019
Nginx 1.18.xApril 2020
Nginx 1.20.xApril 2021
Nginx 1.22.xMay 2022
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Do all servers have an OS? ›

Every website needs a web server, and every web server runs on an operating system. Linux and Windows Server are your choices, and our guide will help you pick the right OS.

Why is Linux the best server OS? ›

Linux is the most used server OS in the hosting world. It comes free of charge and delivers top-notch performance. The community of developers working with Linux will patch security issues quickly and you will enjoy regular software updates. Overall, it's the better choice for most people starting with web hosting.

Is Unix a server operating system? ›

What is UNIX? UNIX is an operating system which was first developed in the 1960s, and has been under constant development ever since. By operating system, we mean the suite of programs which make the computer work. It is a stable, multi-user, multi-tasking system for servers, desktops and laptops.

What is the difference between server OS and everyday OS? ›

It is an operating system that is designed to be used on server. It is used to provide services to multiple client. It can serve multiple client at a time and is very advanced operating system.
...
Difference between Server OS and Client OS :
Server Operating SystemClient Operating System
It is complex operating system.It is simple operating system.
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What is the main function of server operating system? ›

A server operating system, also called a server OS, is an operating system specifically designed to run on servers, which are specialized computers that operate within a client/server architecture to serve the requests of client computers on the network.

How many types of Windows servers are there? ›

There are four editions of Windows Server 2008: Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, and Web.

Who use Windows Server? ›

238 companies reportedly use Windows Server in their tech stacks, including doubleSlash, MIT, and GoDaddy.
  • doubleSlash.
  • MIT.
  • GoDaddy.
  • Deloitte.
  • Deutsche Kreditbank ...
  • Verizon Wireless.
  • Esri.
  • everything.

Which Windows Server is better? ›

Windows Server 2019 is the latest and greatest version of Windows Server.

What are the 4 main operating systems? ›

Five of the most common operating systems are Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, Linux, Android and Apple's iOS.

What are the 8 types of operating system? ›

Types of Operating System
  • Batch Operating System. There is no direct communication between the computer and the OS. ...
  • Real-Time Operating System. It has a data processing system. ...
  • Time-Sharing Operating System. ...
  • Distributed Operating System. ...
  • Embedded Operating System. ...
  • Network Operating System. ...
  • Mobile Operating System.

What are the 3 categories of operating systems? ›

In this unit, we will focus on the following three types of operating systems namely, stand-alone, network and embedded operating systems.

What are 3 examples of a Linux server? ›

Some examples of Linux server operating systems are CentOS, Ubuntu Server, Gentoo, Debian, Slackware, and so on. Linux is considered the best option for operating servers because there is no need for a graphical user interface; all commands can be executed via command prompt.

Is Ubuntu a server? ›

Ubuntu Server is a server operating system developed by Canonical that runs on all major architectures: x86, x86-64, ARM v7, ARM64, POWER8, and IBM System z mainframes via LinuxONE. Ubuntu is a server platform that anyone can use for the following and much more: Websites.

Is Windows Server still used? ›

This means in almost all cases, Windows Server is only used in business settings. Microsoft has published Windows Server under this name since Windows Server 2003 launched in April 2003. However, even before this, server versions of Windows were available.

What is Windows Server Standard? ›

Windows Server Standard 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 Exchange Server or SQL Server.

Which are advantages of using a server operating system? ›

Which are advantages of using a server operating system? Server operating systems are usually more secure and can come with additional services, such as security, already built in, so you don't have to set up these services separately.

What is difference between server and desktop? ›

A desktop computer system typically runs a user-friendly operating system and desktop applications to facilitate desktop-oriented tasks. In contrast, a server manages all network resources. Servers are often dedicated (meaning it performs no other task besides server tasks).

What is Windows server and client? ›

The main difference between client and server operating system is that client operating system works in the devices used by the end users such as desktops and other portable devices while server operating system runs on a special device called a server.

Why are servers Linux? ›

Linux servers are widely used today and considered amongst the most popular due to their stability, security, and flexibility, which outstrip standard Windows servers. Another major benefit of using Linux over closed-source software like Windows is that the former is fully open-source.

How many servers run Linux? ›

All of the top 25 websites in the world are using Linux. 96.3% of the world's top 1 million servers run on Linux. 90% of all cloud infrastructure operates on Linux, and practically all the best cloud hosts use it.

Is a Linux server free? ›

Linux is a free and open source operating system that can be used on a wide variety of hardware, from embedded devices to mainframes. Linux is often used as a server operating system, and can be configured to meet a wide variety of needs.

What are 3 different operating systems that can be used for a server? ›

Operating systems now use networks to make peer-to-peer connections and also connections to servers for access to file systems and print servers. The three most widely used operating systems are MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows and UNIX.

Which server is best Linux or Windows? ›

A Windows server generally offers more range and more support than Linux servers. Linux is generally the choice for start-up companies while Microsoft is typically the choice of large existing companies. Companies in the middle between start-up and big companies should look to using a VPS (Virtual Private Server).

Is VMware a server operating system? ›

VMware Server partitions a physical server into multiple virtual machines. How Does VMware Server Work? VMware server installs and runs as an application on top of a host Windows or Linux operating system.

Why do people prefer Linux over Windows? ›

Linux is considered more reliable than Windows. Linux offers a top-notch interface, built-in security, and unmatched uptime. Its popular competitor, Windows, is known to be sluggish at times. Users need to re-install Windows after encountering crashes or slowdowns on your system.

Is Linux safer than Windows? ›

Linux systems are rarely infected by malware such as viruses, worms etc, thereby making it as a very secure OS. As a normal user, we will never come across a situation where Antivirus software is been sold for Linux. This means, Linux is inherently secure and there are many reasons associated with it.

Why Linux is faster than Windows? ›

System Performance

Linux powered PCs are way faster than Windows. The main reason for that Linux a lightweight system and Windows is crammed with lots of unnecessary software. A lot of systems running on the background makes your windows PCs sluggish. Another reason is, file systems are pretty organized in Linux.

Is Linux and Unix same? ›

Linux is not Unix, but it is a Unix-like operating system. Linux system is derived from Unix and it is a continuation of the basis of Unix design. Linux distributions are the most famous and healthiest example of direct Unix derivatives. BSD (Berkley Software Distribution) is also an example of a Unix derivative.

Why is Unix called Unix? ›

In 1969 he wrote the first version of Unix, called UNICS. UNICS stood for Uniplexed Operating and Computing System. Although the operating system has changed, the name stuck and was eventually shortened to Unix. Ken Thompson teamed up with Dennis Ritchie, who wrote the first C compiler.

What is Unix stand for? ›

The Full Form of UNIX (also referred to as UNICS) is UNiplexed Information Computing System. A highly popular and multitasking Operating system, launched in 1969, UNIX is powerful.

How are server systems classified? ›

Server systems can be classified as either computer-server systems or file server systems. In the first case, an interface is made available for clients to send requests to perform an action. In the second case, provisions are available for clients to create, access and update files.

What is the difference between operating system and server? ›

It is an operating system that operates within desktop. It is used to obtain services from a server. It run on the client devices like laptop, computer and is very simple operating system.
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Difference between Server OS and Client OS :
Server Operating SystemClient Operating System
It can serve multiple client at a time.It serves a single user at a time.
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How do I find my server operating system? ›

2- Using the command "systeminfo"
  1. Connect to your Windows server remotely (Remote Desktop)
  2. Open a Microsoft MS-DOS command prompt shell window "cmd"
  3. Type the following command systeminfo | findstr OS.
  4. Press the "Enter" bouton to execute the command.
25 Oct 2016

Do all servers have an OS? ›

Every website needs a web server, and every web server runs on an operating system. Linux and Windows Server are your choices, and our guide will help you pick the right OS.

What is the difference between a server and a client operating system? ›

A server OS basically runs on a given server. A client OS basically runs on various client devices, such as computers, laptops, etc. This type of OS is designed in a way that it operates on any server. This type of OS is designed in a way that it operates within a desktop.

What is the latest server operating system? ›

Windows Server 2019 is the ninth version of the Windows Server operating system by Microsoft, as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems.
...
Windows Server 2019.
Working stateCurrent
Source modelClosed source
General availabilityOctober 2, 2018
Latest release10.0.17763 / October 2, 2018
Support status
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Is Chrome a server OS? ›

Google Chrome OS is an open source lightweight operating system (OS). It uses one-sixtieth as much hard drive space as Windows 7 and is intended for netbooks or tablet PCs that access Web-based applications and stored data from remote servers.

What is the main purpose of a server? ›

The server is the computer that is providing information or services to the other computer. The networks rely on each other to provide and share information and services. These are typically only used in small offices or homes.

What is a Linux server? ›

A Linux server is a server built on the Linux open-source operating system. It offers businesses a low-cost option for delivering content, apps and services to their clients. Because Linux is open-source, users also benefit from a strong community of resources and advocates.

Is VMware a server operating system? ›

VMware Server partitions a physical server into multiple virtual machines. How Does VMware Server Work? VMware server installs and runs as an application on top of a host Windows or Linux operating system.

Why is Linux used for servers? ›

Linux servers are widely used today and considered amongst the most popular due to their stability, security, and flexibility, which outstrip standard Windows servers. Another major benefit of using Linux over closed-source software like Windows is that the former is fully open-source.

What are 3 different operating systems that can be used for a server? ›

Operating systems now use networks to make peer-to-peer connections and also connections to servers for access to file systems and print servers. The three most widely used operating systems are MS-DOS, Microsoft Windows and UNIX.

Which server is best Linux or Windows? ›

A Windows server generally offers more range and more support than Linux servers. Linux is generally the choice for start-up companies while Microsoft is typically the choice of large existing companies. Companies in the middle between start-up and big companies should look to using a VPS (Virtual Private Server).

How many types of Windows servers are there? ›

There are four editions of Windows Server 2008: Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, and Web.

What is difference between desktop and server base operating system? ›

A desktop computer system typically runs a user-friendly operating system and desktop applications to facilitate desktop-oriented tasks. In contrast, a server manages all network resources. Servers are often dedicated (meaning it performs no other task besides server tasks).

What is the difference between server and Web server? ›

The difference between a Server and a Web server is that the server is a central vault where computer programs and data are stored and gotten to by the customers in the network, while a Web Server is a PC program or a PC that runs the application.

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