What’s New With Windows Server 2016

Added layers of security

Enhance security and reduce risk with multiple
layers of built-in protection.

Cost-efficient storage

Build highly available, scalable
software-defined storage and reduce costs.

New deployment options

Increase availability and reduce resource usage
with the lightweight Nano Server.

Innovative networking

Software-defined networking to automate
with cloud-like efficiency.

Built-in containers

Develop and manage with agility
thanks to Windows Server
and Hyper-V containers.

 
  • Strengthen your security—starting at the operating system

    Help prevent malicious attacks and detect suspicious activity where it matters: your operating system and workloads. Rely on security features built into Windows Server 2016 to control privileged access, protect virtual machines, and harden the platform against emerging threats.

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  • Be more efficient with a software-defined datacenter

    Bring flexibility and control to your datacenter while lowering costs with software-defined compute, storage, and networking. Run your datacenter with an automated and resilient operating system, and access many of the same cloud-efficient features found in Microsoft Azure datacenters.

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  • Innovate faster with cloud-ready application workloads

    Securely deploy and run your existing applications on Windows Server 2016 to transform them into new cloud-native models. Help developers to innovate and create on-premises and cloud applications using the latest technology—containers, microservices, and Nano Server.

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Introducing Windows Server 2016

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Frequently asked questions

  • Q: Has the licensing changed?

    One major change with 2016 is that all physical cores in the server must be licensed.
    In general, the overall pricing has stayed the same, but the licensing model differs.

    -For example, if you have 16 or less processor cores on your server, you need to buy 8 of the two cores.

    -For example, if you had 20 cores, you would need to buy 10 of the 2-core licenses.

    • Standard Edition provides rights for up to two OSEs or Hyper-V containers when all physical cores in the server are licensed. For every two additional VMs, all the cores in the server have to be licensed again.
    • The price of 16-core licenses of Windows Server 2016 Datacenter and Standard edition will be the same price as the 2-processor license of the corresponding editions of the Windows Server 2012 R2 version.
  • Q: Are CALs Still Required for Windows Server 2016?

    Microsoft will continue to require Windows Server CALs for every user or device accessing a server on Standard and Data-Center editions. In certain cases, advanced functionality will continue to require the purchase of a User or Device CAL. Examples of advanced functionality scenarios needing access to Remote Desktop Services functionality or Active Directory Rights Management Services.

  • Q: What are some differences between 2012 and 2016 versions?

    There are tons of new features and benefits when comparing the latest version to that of 2012 and earlier. Specific highlights include open-box functionality for cloud applications, with the introduction of Containers and Hyper-V containers. Another completely new feature is Nano Server, which is a headless deployment OS designed to make your data center more efficient, minimizing deployment for a lightweight experience.

    Other next-gen features include Azure-inspired networking, storage enhancements and shielded virtual machines. Standard edition 2016 will retain core functionality and will also include two instances of Hyper-V.