Windows Server

The start of Windows Server can be discussed, one can argue that it started with Windows NT 3.1 back in 1993 or you can argue it really started with Window Server 2000. If you start with Windows NT 3.1 then you can follow the line through NT 3.5, NT 3.51, NT 4 and on to Windows 2000. Alternatively it was really Windows Server 2003 that gained the stronger server branding.
More information on Windows Server can be found on Wikipedia at Windows Server which I have to admit is a great resource.

Latest Releases

Sometimes it is handy to know the latest service pack for a given Operating System, so here is a short and handy list:

  • Windows Server 2000 SP4
  • Windows Server 2003 SP2
  • Windows Server 2003 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 SP2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016
If you need information on the different editions of Windows Server, then for 2012 Download Window Server 2012 Products and Editions Comparison from Official Microsoft Download Center however this does not seem to cover R2. One document that does is the Windows Server 2012 R2 Licensing Datasheet, which is on the "Buy" tab of Windows Server 2012 R2 | Microsoft and provides a good explanation and comparison, although lacks some detail in the previous document.


There is information under Microsoft Windows that will also apply to the Windows Server range of products.