Microsoft Windows Server IoT


Windows Server IoT


Windows® Server IoT 2019 is a dedicated file and print server based on Windows Server 2019 that is designed for dependability, seamless integration, and best value in networked storage.

Windows Server 2019 helps organizations store and protect valuable end user data. From branch office file serving to full data center integration, Windows Server 2019 is the dependable and scalable choice in server operating systems.

Network Attached Storage Powered by Windows Server IoT

Windows Server IoT for Storage Standard Edition is an operating system that provides file server functions, organize stores, and protect valuable end user data; it also enables a cost-effective means to manage many devices and the data from these devices, as well as effortlessly scale between the cloud and the edge.


Windows Server IoT 2019 and Windows Server 2019

Windows Server IoT 2019 offers the full functionality of Windows Server 2019, so you will still have the same Windows-based interface for smooth integration with existing Windows-based platforms. Unlike Windows Server 2019, Windows Server IoT 2019 does not require CALs (Client Access Licenses), reducing access costs.


Windows Server IoT: Standard vs Workgroup

Windows Server IoT 2019 is available in two different editions: Workgroup and Standard. The Workgroup Edition offers truncated features and is best for a small office, while the Standard Edition comes with full features for a mid-sized or a larger business. All TeraStation WS5020 IoT devices (Desktop/Rackmount) come with Standard Edition.

Features Workgroup
# of Concurrent Users 50 Unlimited
Domain Join Y Y
DFR Replication Y Y
Deduplication N Y
DHCP / DNS / WINS Server N Y
Buffalo Lineup N

2 & 4 Bay

4 Bay


Features of Windows Server IoT 2019

Cost Effective: No CAL Required

Unlike Windows Server, Windows Server IoT does not require CALs (Client Access Licenses). This will lower your device installation cost and save you additional costs when adding future users.


Easy to Manage: Native Integration with Active Directory

Windows Server IoT features more efficient Active Directory integration than other operating systems. If you need to manage over hundreds of users with your NAS, a device running Windows Server IoT offers smoother and quicker response.


Data Quick Recovery: Shadow Copy (Snapshot)

Recovering deleted or corrupted data takes time. The Shadow Copy feature is analogous to the snapshot feature present in other TeraStations where you can create snapshots of files and volumes even when they are in use and quickly restore original files.

The IT Administrator can set up the snapshot schedule and allow end users to recover previous versions of files if necessary.


Disaster Recovery: DFS Replication/Cloud Backup

Windows Server IoT 2019 allows you to increase data availability and provide disaster recovery by creating multiple copies of data on remote servers or cloud servers over the Internet. With the DFS replication feature, you can replicate data to different or multiple locations, so data will be secure even if the original data server is no longer functional. If you have Microsoft Azure Backup, you can also back up your Windows Server IoT data to it.


Make Full Use of Your Storage Space: Data Deduplication

Windows Server IoT 2019 Standard Edition helps eliminate data clutter with the data deduplication feature. By identifying duplicate chunks in files, then storing one copy and replacing all others with pointers, this feature can save space from both identical files and files that are not identical but share many common patterns and files that contain many repeated patterns.

Growing data can quickly take up your storage space, which requires more space on your device. By utilizing the deduplication feature, storage space will be optimized can help you minimize additional storage investment in the long run.

If you use the deduplication feature, you can make full use of the storage space efficiently. However, if you are required to move the data from the TeraStation WS5020 IoT NAS box to a new NAS box, then the data size will revert to its original size. If you do need to make this transfer, it is recommended to prepare enough available space on your NAS box.

Note: When you migrate deduplicated data from one NAS to another, the data size will revert to its original size.

Buffalo's TeraStation WS5020 IoT NAS devices offer secure and reliable storage that take advantage of Windows Server IoT 2019's robust virtualization capabilities to consolidate multiple file servers onto a single device. You can create a scalable and cost-effective storage solution that you can expand as you see fit, all the while saving you hardware overhead and associated IT staff costs.


Protecting Your Data with the Buffalo TeraStation WS IoT 2019 Family

Many businesses do not have a good BDR plan as the cost can be extremely prohibitive. The TeraStation WS IoT Network Attached Storagesolution utilizes virtualization, offsite replication capability, and security features to help you maintain a cost effective effective BDR plan without breaking your budget. Learn more about BDR here.


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