Original Windows Server 2016 R2 Standard OEM License 64 Bit DVD
Now that mainstream support for Windows Server 2008 has ended and
Windows Server 2012 is getting up in years, more enterprises may
want to consider jumping to Windows Server 2016, which is scheduled
to be released in the third quarter of 2016.
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 includes several new features,
including Nano Server -- a lightweight installation option that is
93% smaller than traditional Windows Server deployments -- and
native container support. Windows Server 2016 also includes new
software-defined storage options and improvements to Hyper-V.
Whether you're on the fence about upgrading or have already decided
to deploy the new server operating system when it is officially
released, this guide will highlight the most anticipated Windows
Server 2016 features.
How to prepare for a Windows Server 2016 upgrade
While everything may run fine on the existing server platform,
there may be benefits in Windows Server 2016 that make an upgrade
more appealing. Migrating server operating systems isn't a light
undertaking. Does your IT staff have the expertise -- or the time
-- to handle this type of upgrade or should it be outsourced to
Storage Spaces Direct adds functionality
Storage Spaces Direct, a new storage feature in Windows Server
2016, uses software to let administrators build highly available
storages systems with local storage.
The debut of containers and Hyper-V updates
Containers are the next progression of virtualization -- isolated
environments where applications and services can run without
affecting the system and vice versa. Windows Server 2016 will also
feature significant security developments to Hyper-V
Nano Server in Windows Server 2016
Nano Server is a lightweight installation that is 93% smaller than
a traditional Windows Server deployment. Despite its small size,
Nano Server offers big benefits to enterprises. This section will
break down the benefits of Nano Server, how to deploy it and what
it means for Windows Server.
Keep the server OS running smoothly
This section of the guide will walk you through how to manage
Windows Server 2016 using features such as rolling cluster upgrades
and PowerShell Direct.
Windows Server 2016 news
This section will look at different Windows Server 2016 news
Must know Windows Server 2016 terms
Use this glossary section to get familiar with the terms you may
encounter during your Windows Server 2016 upgrade.
|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)