Windows Storage Server 2012
Windows Storage Server 2012 is the most suitable operating system platform for NAS appliances that are pre-configured for customers that need a cost effective, reliable storage solution. Being a file based storage solution, it supports and incorporates enterprise class features like iSCSI target, SMB/NFS file sharing, clustering and continuous availability, cluster aware updating, data de-duplication, branch cache. Due to the design as an optimized for storage solution, it does not support features like Active Directory Domain controller, application server roles, terminal services for applications, rights management server, certificate federation, fax server. Windows Storage Server 2012 Standard license grants the right to run on 2 processors and in 2 virtual instances. Additional licenses may be
added for more than 2 virtual instances (as well as for more than 2 processors).