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Essentials, Standard, and Datacenter editions of Windows Server 2019

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Essentials, Standard, and Datacenter editions of Windows Server 2019

Windows Server 2019 Essentials has a user limit of 25, the Standard and Datacenter editions do not. The number of users is determined by the number of user access licenses (CALS) purchased. In this blog, we will discuss the fundamental differences between Windows Server 2019 Essentials, Standard, and Datacenter.

Windows Server 2019 Essentials

Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Essentials is a local server solution designed for small businesses with fewer than 25 employees. Windows Server 2019 Essentials includes the same features as the 2016 version, namely:

1. A license that includes customer access licenses (CAL) for up to 25 users and 50 devices.

2. A lower price than the Standard version

3. The ability to run all traditional applications and other user interface functions, as well as use file and printing sharing.

Windows Server 2019 Essentials has even less functionality than the 2016 version, as Microsoft has removed a key feature from the 2016 version.

Please keep in mind that the Essentials edition does not require the purchase of customer access licenses (CALS), unlike the standard and data center editions. You cannot, however, increase the number of users beyond the 25 integrated users.

Microsoft does not plan to release the next version of Essentials for the next major release of Windows Server. Windows Server 2019 Essentials is the most recent release of Windows Server Essentials.

Windows Server 2019 Standard 

Windows Server Standard is designed for small and medium-sized businesses that need more than 25 or more users of a server to separate the different server roles. Only using the Standard version of the Windows server can you separate the Flexible Server Master Operations from more than one server and obtain greater security from your environment.

Windows Server 2019 Datacenter 

Windows Server Datacenter is commonly used for virtualization because it allows you to run multiple virtual machines (VM) on a single physical host. Datacenter, like Standard, requires CAL, but it supports an unlimited number of virtual machines.

However, the cost of a Datacenter license is significantly higher than that of a Standard license, so if you use fewer virtual machines on a physical server, it is generally cheaper to purchase only the default value.

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