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Server 2008 Web Edition limitations

What's the difference between Windows Server 2008 Standard and Windows Server 2008 Web?

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marked as duplicate by splattne Dec 9 '12 at 18:10

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See here for comparison

Edition Comparison by Server Role

Also see here: Server 2008 Web Edition limitations

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Link is broken. –  Zapnologica Apr 14 at 13:53

According to Microsoft the main difference is that the "web edition" includes Microsoft's own web server (IIS). More differences can be seen on the following page:


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All versions of Windows include IIS. –  Josh Yeager Jan 25 '11 at 18:32

You cannot use the Web Edition to be a Domain Controller, Terminal Server, Hyper-V host, etc. It is a Web Server only.

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Following on from the answers above (the pdf isn't that easy to see on the pages).

Here is a direct link to a PDF overview on Microsoft's site of each server role (feature set) available in each edition.

Comparison of Server 2008 R2 Editions

Screen shot of the Windows Server 2008 R2 Edition Comparison by Server Role

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