I have been using Windows Server for the past 8 years now, I can safely say it is the best way to manage your organization. The Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Datacenter 64 Bit - Academic License edition includes multiple roles that are essential to your company's success. Active Directory is probably its most important feature, allowing you to manage users and secure your resources. Installing and configuring windows server is very simple, just follow the wizards and you'll be up and running in no time. Other notable features are Hyper-V which allows the virtualization of multiple other windows server instances without taking any physical space.