Comparison of Standard, Datacenter, and Datacenter: Azure Edition editions of Windows Server 2022

Use this article to compare Standard, Datacenter, and Datacenter: Azure Edition editions of Windows Server 2022 to see which will be most appropriate.

Features available generally

Features available generally Windows Server 2022 Standard Windows Server 2022 Datacenter Windows Server 2022 Datacenter: Azure Edition
Azure Extended Network No No Yes
Best Practices Analyzer Yes Yes Yes
Containers Yes Yes Yes
Direct Access Yes Yes Yes
Dynamic Memory (in virtualization) Yes Yes Yes
Hot Add/Replace RAM Yes Yes Yes
Hotpatching No No Yes
Microsoft Management Console Yes Yes Yes
Minimal Server Interface Yes Yes Yes
Network Load Balancing Yes Yes Yes
Windows PowerShell Yes Yes Yes
Server Core installation option Yes Yes Yes
Server Manager Yes Yes Yes
SMB Direct and SMB over RDMA Yes Yes Yes (not supported in Azure)
SMB over QUIC No No Yes
Software-defined Networking No Yes Yes
Storage Migration Service Yes Yes Yes
Storage Replica Yes, (1 partnership and 1 resource group with a single 2TB volume) Yes, unlimited Yes, unlimited
Storage Spaces Yes Yes Yes
Storage Spaces Direct No Yes Yes
Volume Activation Services Yes Yes Yes
VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service) integration Yes Yes Yes
Windows Server Update Services Yes Yes Yes
Windows System Resource Manager Yes Yes Yes
Server license logging Yes Yes Yes
Inherited activation As guest if hosted on Datacenter Can be a host or a guest Can be a host or a guest
Work Folders Yes Yes Yes

Locks and Limits

Locks and Limits Windows Server 2022 Standard Windows Server 2022 Datacenter
Maximum number of users Based on CALs Based on CALs
Maximum SMB connections 16,777,216 16,777,216
Maximum RRAS connections Unlimited Unlimited
Maximum IAS connections 2,147,483,647 2,147,483,647
Maximum RDS connections 65,535 65,535
Maximum number of 64-bit sockets 64 64
Maximum number of cores Unlimited Unlimited
Maximum RAM 48 TB 48 TB
Can be used as virtualization guest Yes; 2 virtual machines, plus one Hyper-V host per license Yes; unlimited virtual machines, plus one Hyper-V host per license
Windows Server Containers Unlimited Unlimited
Virtual OSE/Hyper-V isolated Containers 2 Unlimited
Server can join a domain Yes Yes
Edge network protection/firewall No No
DirectAccess Yes Yes
DLNA codecs and web media streaming Yes, if installed as Server with Desktop Experience Yes, if installed as Server with Desktop Experience

Server roles

Windows Server roles available Role services Windows Server 2022 Standard Windows Server 2022 Datacenter
Active Directory Certificate Services Yes Yes
Active Directory Domain Services Yes Yes
Active Directory Federation Services Yes Yes
AD Lightweight Directory Services Yes Yes
AD Rights Management Services Yes Yes
Device Health Attestation Yes Yes
DHCP Server Yes Yes
DNS Server Yes Yes
Fax Server Yes Yes
File and Storage Services File Server Yes Yes
File and Storage Services BranchCache for Network Files Yes Yes
File and Storage Services Data Deduplication Yes Yes
File and Storage Services DFS Namespaces Yes Yes
File and Storage Services DFS Replication Yes Yes
File and Storage Services File Server Resource Manager Yes Yes
File and Storage Services File Server VSS Agent Service Yes Yes
File and Storage Services iSCSI Target Server Yes Yes
File and Storage Services iSCSI Target Storage Provider Yes Yes
File and Storage Services Server for NFS Yes Yes
File and Storage Services Work Folders Yes Yes
File and Storage Services Storage Services Yes Yes
Host Guardian Service Yes Yes
Hyper-V Yes Yes; including Shielded Virtual Machines
Network Controller No Yes
Network Policy and Access Services Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
Print and Document Services Yes Yes
Remote Access Yes Yes
Remote Desktop Services Yes Yes
Volume Activation Services Yes Yes
Web Services (IIS) Yes Yes
Windows Deployment Services Yes Yes
Windows Server Essentials Experience No No
Windows Server Update Services Yes Yes

Features

Windows Server Features available Windows Server 2022 Standard Windows Server 2022 Datacenter
.NET Framework 3.5 Yes Yes
.NET Framework 4.8 Yes Yes
Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS) Yes Yes
BitLocker Drive Encryption Yes Yes
BitLocker Network Unlock Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
BranchCache Yes Yes
Client for NFS Yes Yes
Containers Yes Yes
Data Center Bridging Yes Yes
Direct Play Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
Enhanced Storage Yes Yes
Failover Clustering Yes Yes
Group Policy Management Yes Yes
Host Guardian Hyper-V Support No Yes
I/O Quality of Service Yes Yes
IIS Hostable Web Core Yes Yes
Internet Printing Client Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
IP Address Management (IPAM) Server Yes Yes
LPR Port Monitor Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
Management OData IIS Extension Yes Yes
Media Foundation Yes Yes
Message Queueing Yes Yes
Microsoft Defender Antivirus Installed Installed
Multipath I/O Yes Yes
MultiPoint Connector Yes Yes
Network Load Balancing Yes Yes
Network Virtualization Yes Yes
Peer Name Resolution Protocol Yes Yes
Quality Windows Audio Video Experience Yes Yes
RAS Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK) Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
Remote Assistance Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
Remote Differential Compression Yes Yes
Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) Yes Yes
RPC over HTTP Proxy Yes Yes
Setup and Boot Event Collection Yes Yes
Simple TCP/IP Services Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing Support Installed Installed
SMB Bandwidth Limit Yes Yes
SMTP Server Yes Yes
SNMP Service Yes Yes
Software Load Balancer Yes Yes
Software Migration Service Yes Yes
Software Migration Service Proxy Yes Yes
Storage Replica Yes Yes
System Data Archiver Yes Yes
System Insights Yes Yes
Telnet Client Yes Yes
TFTP Client Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
VM Shielding Tools for Fabric Management Yes Yes
WebDAV Redirector Yes Yes
Windows Biometric Framework Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
Windows Identity Foundation 3.5 Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
Windows Internal Database Yes Yes
Windows PowerShell 5.1 Installed Installed
Windows PowerShell 2.0 Engine Yes Yes
Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Service Yes Yes
Windows PowerShell Web Access Yes Yes
Windows Process Activation Service Yes Yes
Windows Search Service Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
Windows Server Backup Yes Yes
Windows Server Migration Tools Yes Yes
Windows Standards-Based Storage Management Yes Yes
Windows Subsystem for Linux Yes Yes
Windows TIFF IFilter Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
WinRM IIS Extension Yes Yes
WINS Server Yes Yes
Wireless LAN Service Yes Yes
WoW64 support Installed Installed
XPS Viewer Installed with Server with Desktop Experience Installed with Server with Desktop Experience