Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2016 provides the private and hybrid cloud capabilities you need to deliver rapidly on business requirements.
At the heart of the Microsoft Cloud Platform, Windows Server brings Microsoft’s experience delivering global-scale cloud services into your infrastructure. Windows Server 2016  provides a wide range of new and enhanced features and capabilities spanning server virtualization, storage, software-defined networking, server management and automation, web and application platform, access and information protection, virtual desktop infrastructure, and more.

Choose Standard or Datacenter edition, depending on the features you need:

Windows Server 2016 Standard

  • Up to 2 VM’s or Hyper-V containers
  • Unlimited Windows containers
  • New Nano Server deployment option for “just enough OS”

Windows Server 2016 Datacenter

  • Unlimited VM’s and Hyper-V containers
  • Unlimited Windows containers
  • New Nano Server deployment option for “just enough OS”
  • Shielded VM’s and Host Guardian Service
  • Storage features, including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica
  • New networking stack

Windows Server 2016 offers a new installation option: Nano Server. It is a remotely managed option similar to Windows Server in Server Coremode, but significantly smaller, has no local logon capability, and only supports 64-bit applications, tools, and agents. It takes up far less disk space, sets up significantly faster, and requires far fewer updates and restarts than Windows Server with the full desktop experience. Starting with the ISO you download here, you can add packages to customize the image with roles, features, and other details and then deploy it.

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