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What are My Operating System Options?

When it comes to our Web Shared, Business, Reseller, and White Label reseller hosting packages, the only option we provide is Linux web hosting environments on a LAMP stack framework (Linux server, Apache webserver or equivalent, MySQL or equivalent, and PHP development).

Our Web Shared, Reseller, and White Label reseller web hosting are all on Apache servers, on CentOS 7 operating systems. Our Business web hosting is on CloudLinux operation system with the LiteSpeed webserver. All of these hosting services use the latest versions of MySQL or MariaDB, and PHP.

At this time, Hostwinds does not offer a shared hosting environment for Windows, .NET, Sharepoint, Nginx LEMP stack, or Node.js (with MongoDB) environments. All of these options will require a VPSor Dedicated server solution.

Regarding our server solutions, we offer a wide variety of operating systems for both virtual private and dedicated servers. Listed below on this page are all of our current options available for both Windows and Linux servers.


If you do not see the Operating System of your preference, or you have a custom operating system solution (dedicated only), please contact us and we’ll be happy to advise or assist.


Available Operating Systems

Please note that each operating system has their own minimum requirements.  Please review the Minimum System Requirements for Operating Systems before purchase if you are uncertain if a chosen operating system will run smoothly on the server of your choice.


The Windows icon Windows Servers 

  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter (Dedicated Servers only)
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter (Dedicated Servers only)
  • Windows Server 2016
  • Windows Server 2016 Datacenter (Dedicated Servers only)

Review our handy article if you need help Choosing Your Windows OS Version.


The CentOS icon CentOS Servers (Linux)

  • CentOS 6
  • CentOS 7
  • CentOS 7 optimized for cPanel/WHM (Please see cPanel Minimum Requirements for information about what resources your server will need to run cPanel)


The Debian icon Debian Servers (Linux)

  • Debian 8
  • Debian 9


The Fedora icon Fedora Servers (Linux)

  • Fedora 24
  • Fedora 25
  • Fedora 26


The Ubuntu icon Ubuntu Servers (Linux)

  • Ubuntu 14.04
  • Ubuntu 16.04
  • Ubuntu 17.04