WINDOWS SERVER 2012 AND R2 (EDITIONS/VERSIONS)

Editions/Versions

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
Memory limit 32 GB 64 GB 4 TB 4 TB
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 50 Remote Desktop Services connections Gateway only 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 No 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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