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Server Operating System (Server OS)

Definition - What does Server Operating System (Server OS) mean?

A server operating system (OS) is a type of operating system that is designed to be installed and used on a server computer.

It is an advanced version of an operating system, having features and capabilities required within a client-server architecture or similar enterprise computing environment.

Techopedia explains Server Operating System (Server OS)

Some common examples of server OSs include:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • Windows Server
  • Mac OS X Server

Some of the key features of a server operating system include:

  • Ability to access the server both in GUI and command-level interface
  • Execute all or most processes from OS commands
  • Advanced-level hardware, software and network configuration services
  • Install/deploy business applications and/or web applications
  • Provides central interface to manage users, implement security and other administrative processes
  • Manages and monitors client computers and/or operating systems
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