Microsoft Servers

Microsoft Servers (previously called Windows Server System) is a brand that encompasses Microsoft's server products. This includes the Windows Server editions of the Microsoft Windows operating system itself, as well as products targeted at the wider business market. Unlike Microsoft Dynamics or Microsoft Office product lines, most of the products sold under this brand are not intended to be line-of-business services in and of themselves.

Microsoft Servers logo
Logo of Microsoft Servers.


The Microsoft Servers line of software and technology includes:

Operating systems

Initially, Microsoft server operating systems were editions of Windows NT family. Starting in 2003, a Windows Server subfamily was formed that encompasses server operating system versions independent of the client versions of Windows.

Server operating systems of Microsoft include:

Operating system offerings

The following are special offerings consisting of one of the operating systems above:


Some of the products included in the Windows Server System product branding are designed specifically for interaction with Microsoft Office. These include:


Microsoft System Center

Microsoft System Center, a set of server products, aims specifically at helping corporate system administrators manage a network of Windows Server and client desktop systems.[4]

  • System Center AdvisorSoftware-as-a-service offering that helps change or assess the configuration of Microsoft Servers software over the Internet
  • System Center App Controller - Unified management for public and private clouds, including cloud-based virtual machines and services
  • System Center Configuration Manager – Configuration management, hardware/software asset management, patch deployment tools for Windows desktops (previously Systems Management Server); includes Software Center.[5]
  • System Center Data Protection ManagerContinuous data protection and data recovery
  • System Center Endpoint Protection - Anti-malware and security tools for Microsoft products
  • System Center Essentials – Combined features of Operations Manager and Windows Software Update Service (WSUS), aimed at small- and medium-sized businesses
  • System Center Orchestrator (formerly Opalis) - An automation platform for orchestrating and integrating administrative tools to decrease the cost of datacenter operations while improving the reliability of IT processes. It enables organizations to automate best practices, such as those found in Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). Orchestrator operates through workflow processes that coordinate System Center and other management tools to automate incident response, change and compliance, and service-lifecycle management processes.[6]
  • System Center Operations Manager – Services and application monitoring
  • System Center Service Manager – Ties in with SCOM, SCCM for asset tracking as well as incident, problem, change and configuration management (code name: Service Desk)
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager – Virtual-machine management and datacenter virtualization

Discontinued server products


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  4. ^ Compare: Morimoto, Rand (2012). Yardeni, Guy (ed.). Microsoft System Center 2012 Unleashed. Unleashed Series. Sams Publishing. p. 5. ISBN 9780672336126. Retrieved 2015-02-11. System Center [...] is a series of tools that help administrators manage their servers, client systems, and applications (whether on-premises or in the cloud) [...].
  5. ^ Rachui, Steve; Agerlund, Kent; Martinez, Santos; Daalmans, Peter (2012). Mastering System Center 2012 Configuration Manager. ITPro collection. John Wiley & Sons. p. 356. ISBN 9781118238400. Retrieved 2015-02-11. New in Configuration Manager 2012 is the Software Center, which is part of the Configuration Manager 2012 client. With the Software Center users can install or request software [...]
  6. ^ "System Center Opalis website".

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aMSN is a free Windows Live Messenger clone. aMSN attempts to emulate the look and feel of Windows Live Messenger, and supports many of its features. It has been downloaded approximately 40 million times as of January 2011, making it the 21st most downloaded project on SourceForge.aMSN is available for any system that supports Tcl/Tk 8.5 or higher, including Microsoft Windows, Macintosh and any UNIX/Linux variant, including Maemo (Nokia's internet tablets) and OpenSolaris. A portable version for Windows is available by PortableApps.

Azure Search

Microsoft Azure Search is a component of the Microsoft Azure Cloud Platform providing indexing and querying capabilities for data uploaded to Microsoft servers. The Search as a service framework is intended to provide developers with complex search capabilities for mobile and web development while hiding infrastructure requirements and search algorithm complexities. Azure Search is a recent addition to Microsoft's Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) approach.

Bing Maps Platform

Bing Maps Platform (previously Microsoft Virtual Earth) is a geospatial mapping platform produced by Microsoft. It allows developers to create applications that layer location-relevant data on top of licensed map imagery. The imagery includes samples taken by satellite sensors, aerial cameras (including 45 degree oblique "bird's eye" aerial imagery licensed from Pictometry International), Streetside imagery, 3D city models and terrain.

Bing Maps Platform also provides a point-of-interest database including a search capability. Microsoft uses the Bing Maps Platform to power its Bing Maps product.

Key features of the Bing Maps Platform include:

Photo-based images with features such as Streetside and 45 degree oblique "bird’s eye" views (nominally including 4 views at 90 degree viewpoint increments) that present data in context while simplifying orientation and navigation.

The ability to overlay standard or custom data points and layers with different themes.

Building-level geocoding for more than 70 million addresses in the United States.

Developer support options available.

Set of APIs available upon which developers can build applications.


Cart32 is shopping cart software built for Microsoft Servers using Visual Basic, a MySQL database, and HTML components. Cart32 provides shopping cart, checkout, and storefront hosting facilities to tens of thousands of online retail clients internationally.Cart32 was first released in 1996. Cart32 software is offered for purchase or hosting and the company also offers custom programming to assist with the unique needs of various businesses.Cart32 features complete remote administration through a Web browser and secures itself using public/private key encryption for credit card information. There are extensive customizations for tax, shipping product management, etc. Version 4.3 adds many new features, including support for MySQL and SQL server, much stronger public/private key encryption of passwords and credit card numbers, integrates well with ASP, Cold Fusion, and Microsoft FrontPage, validation of expiration dates, and more.


DCO may refer to: Diploma in Community Ophthalmology

Domain controller

On Microsoft Servers, a domain controller (DC) is a server computer that responds to security authentication requests (logging in, checking permissions, etc.) within a Windows domain. A domain is a concept introduced in Windows NT whereby a user may be granted access to a number of computer resources with the use of a single username and password combination.

List of Microsoft codenames

Microsoft codenames are given by Microsoft to products it has in development, before these products are given the names by which they appear on store shelves. Many of these products (new versions of Windows in particular) are of major significance to the IT community, and so the terms are often widely used in discussions prior to the official release. Microsoft usually does not announce a final name until shortly before the product is publicly available. It is not uncommon for Microsoft to reuse codenames a few years after a previous usage has been abandoned.

There has been some suggestion that Microsoft may move towards defining the real name of their upcoming products earlier in the product development lifecycle so as to avoid needing product codenames.

Microsoft Ants

Microsoft Ants was a free multiplayer strategy game for 2–4 players on the Microsoft Gaming Zone. The objective of the game is to get the most points by eating or stealing food, and making use of the various powerups available. Each player begins at a nest with a pre-programmed number of ants, whose goal is to scurry around the gamefield and bring back to their home nest various pieces of food such as candy, cookies, twinkies, etc. with each piece worth 15-30 points. When time runs out, the highest point score wins. On January 31, 2006, Microsoft's Zone retired Ants because of the lack of players.

Microsoft Enterprise Agreement

EA/SA (Enterprise Agreement/Software Assurance) is a volume licensing package offered by Microsoft. It primarily targets large organizations which have 500 or more personal computers. The minimum quantity was increased from 250 to 500 on 1 July 2016, but it remains at 250 for public sector customers. Other programs, including Open Value, Open License and Select License, are geared towards smaller organizations.

The Enterprise Agreement, whose price is tiered to the number of computers or users being licensed, is a three-year contract which covers all software licensing and updates for one client system. An option is given at contract termination to renew for one or three additional years.

Software products licensed under the contract include Windows 10, Microsoft Office and the core Client Access Licenses for Windows Server, Exchange, System Center and Sharepoint, which allow the computer to legally access Microsoft servers over a network.

Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server

Microsoft Office Project Portfolio Server is a discontinued project portfolio management application from Microsoft. It was part of its Enterprise Project Management suite which includes Microsoft Office Project Server.


Ose may refer to:

Ose (demon)

Ose, (Osei Kofi Tutu I), King of the Ashanti Empire

Ōse, Ehime, a former village in Japan

Ose, Nigeria, a Local Government Area of Ondo State

Ose, Norway, a location in Setesdal

Ose, Poland

Ose, Skye, a settlement in Scotland

-ose, a suffix used in chemistry to indicate a sugarOSE may stand for:

Œuvre de secours aux enfants, a French Jewish humanitarian organization, in Russia since 1912, active in Western Europe during World War II

Obras Sanitarias del Estado, a state-owned Uruguayan water utilities company

Office Server Extensions for Microsoft Servers

Old St. Edwardian, a person who attended St Edward's School, Oxford

OMA Service Environment

Open source ecology, a movement aiming at the collaborative development of tools

OPENSTEP Enterprise, NeXT's offering of the OpenStep platform for Microsoft Windows

Open System Environment, a reference model for Enterprise Architecture

Operating System Embedded, a real-time operating system created by ENEA

Order of Saint Elisabeth

Order of the Star in the East

Organismós Sidirodrómon Elládos, Hellenic Railways Organisation, the state-owned railway company of Greece

Osaka Securities Exchange

Oslo Stock Exchange

OSE, es:Orquesta Sinfónica de Euskadi (OSE) Basque National OrchestraÖse may refer to:

Öse, a river of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, tributary of the Nethe

System Center Advisor

Microsoft System Center Advisor (SCA; formerly Codename Atlanta), is a commercial software as a service offering from Microsoft Corporation that helps change or assess the configuration of Microsoft Servers software over the Internet. It is part of Microsoft System Center brand.System Center Advisor consists of a web service, an agent that collects data (an on-premises computer program) and a gateway (another on-premises component) that communicates with the service on behalf of the agent. The agent component needs to be installed on each server and the gateway needs to be installed in the same computer network. Once the agent, gateway and web service are properly configured, an administrator may use the web service to manage the configuration of the affected servers from any physical location that has an Internet.System Center Advisor reached general availability in January 2012, having spent ten months in release candidate stage. It was made available in 26 countries through Microsoft Software Assurance offering, although it was possible to test-drive this service for 60 days. As of January 2013, it is a free service that supports:

Windows Server 2008

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012

Exchange Server 2010 and later

Lync Server 2010 and later

SharePoint Server 2010 and later

SQL Server 2008 and laterApart from the supported products, the System Center Advisor agent needs .NET Framework 3.5. The web service currently supports Internet Explorer 7 and later or Firefox 3.5 and later. It requires Microsoft Silverlight version 4.0 or later.System Center Advisor was renamed to Azure Operational Insights in 2014 and became the Log Analytics service as part of the Microsoft Operations Management Suite in Azure.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager

System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) forms part of Microsoft's System Center line of virtual machine management and reporting tools, alongside previously established tools such as System Center Operations Manager and System Center Configuration Manager. SCVMM is designed for management of large numbers of Virtual Servers based on Microsoft Virtual Server and Hyper-V, and was released for enterprise customers in October 2007. A standalone version for small and medium business customers is available.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager enables increased physical server utilization by making possible simple and fast consolidation on virtual infrastructure. This is supported by consolidation candidate identification, fast Physical-to-Virtual (P2V) migration and intelligent workload placement based on performance data and user defined business policies (NOTE: P2V Migration capability was removed in SCVMM 2012r2). VMM enables rapid provisioning of new virtual machines by the administrator and end users using a self-service provisioning tool. Finally, VMM provides the central management console to manage all the building blocks of a virtualized data center.

Microsoft System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager was released in September 2016. This product enables the deployment and management of a virtualized, software-defined datacenter with a comprehensive solution for networking, storage, computing, and security.

The latest release is System Center 2019 Virtual Machine Manager, which was released in March 2019. It added features in the areas of azure integration, computing, networking, security and storage.


Terraserver may refers to either of two databases for viewing geospatial imagery:, a commercial web site

TerraServer-USA, which hosts public domain United States Geological Survey aerial images on Microsoft servers

Windows Server

Windows Server is a brand name for a group of server operating systems released by Microsoft. It includes all Windows operating systems that are branded "Windows Server", but not any other Microsoft product. The first Windows server edition to be released under that brand was Windows Server 2003. However, the first server edition of Windows was Windows NT 3.1 Advanced Server, followed by Windows NT 3.5 Server, Windows NT 4.0 Server, and Windows 2000 Server; the latter was the first server edition to include Active Directory, DNS Server, DHCP Server, Group Policy, SQL Server, as well as many other popular features used today.

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2 is the sixth version of the Windows Server family of operating systems. It was unveiled on June 3, 2013 at TechEd North America, and released on October 18, 2013.A further update, formally designated Windows Server 2012 R2 Update, was released in April 2014. It is a cumulative set of security, critical and other updates.Windows Server 2012 R2 was succeeded by Windows Server 2016.

Windows Server 2019

Windows Server 2019 is the latest version of the server operating system by Microsoft, as part of the Windows NT family of operating systems.

Windows Update

Windows Update is a Microsoft service for the Windows 9x and Windows NT families of operating system, which automates downloading and installing Microsoft Windows software updates over the Internet. The service delivers software updates for Windows, as well as the various Microsoft antivirus products, including Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials. Since its inception, Microsoft has introduced two extensions of the service: Microsoft Update and Windows Update for Business. The former expands the core service to include other Microsoft products, such as Microsoft Office and Microsoft Expression Studio. The latter is available to business editions of Windows 10 and permits postponing updates or receiving updates only after they have undergone rigorous testing.

As the service has evolved over the years, so have its client software. For a decade, the primary client component of the service was the Windows Update web app that could only be run inside Internet Explorer. Starting with Windows Vista, the primary client component became Windows Update Agent, an integral component of the operating system.

The service provides several kinds of updates. Security updates or critical updates mitigate vulnerabilities against security exploits against Microsoft Windows. Cumulative updates are updates that bundle previously released updates. Cumulative updates were introduced with Windows 10 and have been backported to Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.

Microsoft routinely releases updates on the second Tuesday of each month (known as the Patch Tuesday), but can provide them whenever a new update is urgently required to prevent a newly discovered or prevalent exploit. System administrators can configure Windows Update to install critical updates for Microsoft Windows automatically, so long as the computer has an Internet connection.

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