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Windows Server 2012 is described as 'codenamed "Windows Server 8", is the sixth release of Windows Server. It is the server version of Windows 8 and succeeds Windows Server 2008 R2. Two pre-release versions, a developer preview and a beta version, were released during development' and is a operating system in the network & admin category. There are more than 10 alternatives to Windows Server 2012 for a variety of platforms, including Linux, Windows, Mac, Self-Hosted solutions and CentOS. The best alternative is CentOS, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like Windows Server 2012 are Gentoo, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Ubuntu Server and NethServer.

Windows Server 2012 alternatives are mainly Operating Systems but may also be Linux Distros or Firewalls. Filter by these if you want a narrower list of alternatives or looking for a specific functionality of Windows Server 2012.
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  1. CentOS icon


    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    CentOS is a community-supported, free and open source operating system based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It exists to provide a free enterprise class computing platform and strives to maintain 100% binary compatibility with its upstream distribution.

  2. Gentoo icon


    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • BSD
    • FreeBSD

    Gentoo Linux is a versatile, fast, highly configurable and completely free Linux and FreeBSD distribution geared towards developers and network professionals.


  3. Red Hat Enterprise Linux icon

    Red Hat is the leader in development, deployment, and management of Linux and open source solutions for Internet infrastructure - ranging from embedded devices to secure Web servers. Red Hat was founded in 1994 by visionary entrepreneurs Bob Young and Marc Ewing.

  4. Ubuntu Server icon

    Ubuntu Server

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    The leading platform for scale-out computing, Ubuntu Server helps you make the most of your infrastructure. Whether you want to deploy an OpenStack cloud, a Hadoop cluster or a 50,000-node render farm, Ubuntu Server delivers the best value scale-out performance available.

  5. NethServer icon


    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    • Self-Hosted
    • CentOS

    NethServer is a CentOS-based Linux distribution for servers. The product's main feature is a modular design which makes it simple to turn the distribution into a mail server and filter, web server, groupware, firewall, web filter, IPS/IDS or VPN server.


  6. Zentyal icon


    • Linux

    Zentyal is a native Microsoft Active Directory implementation on Linux incorporating all the network services required in a small and medium business environment: Directory & Domain Server, Mail Server, Gateway and Infrastructure Server.

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    Zentyals original project was to build a Linux Windows AD server. That is not the case now, it is more an Exchange Mail clone.

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  7. ClearOS icon


    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    ClearOS is a family of operating systems for the enterprise, small business, and home. There are three editions to choose from depending on your needs and suitable to your abilities. They are: ClearOS Enterprise, ClearOS Home, and ClearOS Core.

  8. Univention Corporate Server is a pre-configured platform to operate and manage server applications and complete IT infrastructures free of charge.

    Online portal of UCS for all users and administrators
  9. SUSE is the original provider of the enterprise Linux distribution and the most interoperable platform for mission-critical computing. It's the only Linux recommended by VMware, Microsoft and SAP.

  10. Rocky Linux icon

    Rocky Linux

    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux

    Rocky Linux is a community enterprise operating system designed to be 100% bug-for-bug compatible with America's top enterprise Linux distribution now that its downstream partner has shifted direction. It is under intensive development by the community.

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