Original Windows Server 2016 OEM , Windows Server Enterprise Full
OEM COA / Sticker
Windows Server 2016 is the cloud-ready operating system that
delivers new layers of security and Azure-inspired innovation for
the applications and infrastructure that power your business. For
more details, check out our Ultimate Guide to Windows Server 2016.
Ways to try Windows Server 2016:
In addition to downloading the Windows Server 2016 ISO, you can
check out other ways to try the new features:
1.TechNet Virtual Labs: Skip the setup work and log into our free TechNet Virtual Labs for
a real-world environment along with step-by-step guidance to help
you try the new features.
2.Run it in Azure: Azure provides a great way to test Windows Server 2016 with
Choose an edition and an installation option:
Customers who download the full ISO will need to choose an edition
and an installation option. This ISO evaluation is for the
Datacenter and Standard editions. The Datacenter edition is the
most complete edition and includes the new datacenter-specific
features (Shielded Virtual Machines, Storage Spaces Direct, Storage
Replica, and Software-Defined Networking) in addition to unlimited
1.Server Core: This is the recommended installation option. It’s a smaller
installation that includes the core components of Windows Server
and supports all server roles but does not include a local GUI. It
is used for “headless” deployments which are managed remotely via
PowerShell or other server management tools.
2.Server with Desktop Experience: This is the complete installation and includes a full graphical
user interface (GUI) for customers who prefer this option.
3.Nano Server: New in Windows Server 2016, this is a remotely managed option
similar to Server Core but significantly smaller. It begins with a
bare minimum package to which you add only the roles or features
you need to customize the image. The servicing model for Nano
Server is an active Current Branch for Business, and Software
Assurance is required for customers to deploy this option in
production. To evaluate this option, you can either download the
ISO and build an initial Nano Server image, or you can download the
Nano Server VHD, which includes an image that will speed your
installation process. See Install Nano Server for full details.
Before you begin your evaluation, be sure to check out What’s new
in Windows Server 2016.
When you complete your evaluation, you can convert your evaluation
versions to retail. Also, check out our TechNet documentation to
learn how to upgrade or migrate your other existing servers to
Windows Server 2016.
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Windows Server 2016 feature differentiation
|Core functionality of Windows Server|
|OSEs / Hyper-V containers||Unlimited||2|
|Windows Server containers||Unlimited||Unlimited|
|Host Guardian Service|
|Storage features including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage
|Shielded Virtual Machines|
Developed alongside Windows 10, the Windows Server 2016 focuses on
cloud-computing, providing the scalability and the enhanced
security your business requires to thrive. Its goal is to
facilitate automation and virtualization, transforming data centers
and adapting them to today's ever-increasing business needs.
The latest developments Microsoft implemented in the 2016 empower
the server operating system to support higher workloads and
facilitate cloud-based operations.
Minimum: 1.4 GHz 64-bit processor
Supports NX and DEP, CMPXCHG16b, LAHF/SAHF, and PrefetchW, Second
Level Address Translation (EPT or NPT)
RAM: 512 MB (ECC (Error Correcting Code) type or similar
Storage controller and disk space requirements: 32 GB minimum
Network adapter requirements:
An Ethernet adapter capable of at least gigabit throughput
Compliant with the PCI Express architecture specification
Supports Pre-boot Execution Environment (PXE)
DVD drive (if you intend to install the operating system from DVD
UEFI 2.3.1c-based system and firmware that supports secure boot
Trusted Platform Module
Graphics device and monitor capable of Super VGA (1024 x 768) or
Keyboard and Microsoft mouse (or other compatible pointing device)