Introduction to Windows Server

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Introduction

1&1 IONOS offers Cloud Servers with your choice of Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2016. Windows Server is part of the Windows NT family. This relative of the familiar Windows desktop environment is specialized for enterprise-level hosting, management, data storage, and other server-based tasks. Learn more about Windows Server in this overview, including management basics, security guidelines, and other tips and tricks.

For more information on Windows Server 2012 and 2016, see our Windows Server tutorials on the Cloud Community website.

Manage a Windows Server

The most common way to manage a Cloud Server running Windows Server 2012 or 2016 is to connect with Remote Desktop. This application allows you to connect to and control a remote server from a Windows desktop PC.

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Host Websites with IIS

Most Windows Server clients will want to use Windows Server to host a website. This is done using Internet Information Services (IIS), which is the native extensible web server on Windows Server.

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Windows Server Security

Windows Server 2012 and 2016 include extensive built-in security features, including IP addressing, a new file system (ReFS), improved Hyper-V, and more. Windows 2016 additionally includes many new security enhancements, such as Windows Defender, a Web Application Proxy, and improved stability and security for Remote Desktop Services.

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