Windows Server 2016 | Product & License

Windows Server 2016 - is the cloud ready server operating system developed by Microsoft as part of the Windows NT family, and developed concurrently with Windows 10. It was released on September 26, 2016. Some of the new features include support for Docker containers, a new version of the PowerShell scripting language, and the ability to run the "Nano" server option, which is a minimal installation option for running cloud and container-optimized workloads. Additionally, Windows Server 2016 includes the ability to run Hyper-V on the host and guest operating systems, support a new Hyper-V-based Shielded Virtual Machine to protect any Generation 2 virtual machine from a compromised fabric, for storage spaces direct and storage replica, and improvements to Active Directory and Group Policy management. It delivers a flexible and cost-efficient platform for the datacenter, using the same compute, storage and network virtualization features that power the Azure public cloud. It also deliver powerful new layers of security along with Azure-inspired innovation for the applications and infrastructure that power your business. Windows Server 2016 improve the ability for organizations to secure Active Directory environments and help them migrate to cloud-only deployments and hybrid deployments, where some applications and services are hosted in the cloud and others are hosted on premises.

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There are three editions of Windows Server 2016: Essentials, Standard, and Datacenter. Additionally, Microsoft has released Hyper-V Server 2016, which is a hypervisor that installs on bare-metal servers to run multiple virtualized OSes.

Datacenter Edition: is ideal for highly virtualized and software-defined datacenter environments. When all physical cores on the server are licensed, Datacenter edition provides rights to use unlimited operating system environments (OSEs) or Hyper-V containers and unlimited containers on the licensed server.

Standard Edition: is ideal for customers with low density or non-virtualized environments. When all physical cores on the server are licensed, Standard edition provides rights to use two Operating System Environments (OSEs) or Hyper-V containers and unlimited containers on the licensed server.

Essentials Edition: is a cloud-connected first server, ideal for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices. Essentials is a good option for customers currently using the Foundation Edition. Each server license provides rights to use one running instance of the server software in either a physical OSE or virtual OSE on the licensed server.

Understanding of Core Licensing of Windows Server 2016

The number of core licenses required equals the number of physical cores on the licensed server, subject to a minimum of 8 core licenses per physical processor and a minimum of 16 core licenses per server. Core licenses are sold in 2-packs and 16-packs. Licensing model includes both Cores + Client Access Licenses (CALs). Each user and/or device accessing a licensed Windows Server Standard, Datacenter, or Multipoint edition requires a Windows Server CAL or Remote Desktop Services 2016 CAL.

  • All physical cores on the server must be licensed, subject to a minimum of 8 core licenses per physical processor and a minimum of 16 core licenses per server.

  • Essentials edition server is for either one or two processor servers.

  • Standard edition permits use of one running instance of the server software in the physical OSE on the licensed server (in addition to two virtual OSEs), if the physical OSE is used solely to host and manage the virtual OSEs.

  • Essentials edition permits use of one running instance of the server software in the physical OSE on the licensed server (in addition to one virtual OSE), if the physical OSE is used solely to host and manage the virtual OSE.

  • If you want to convert your Windows Server 2016 Evaluation version to Retail and Licensed(activated) version for your Work, Business or Production (you will need a Brand new Retail License, if you haven't then you can purchase from us on this page) Server, please check this link: How to Convert Evaluation to Retail version?


Core Licensing of 2016

Recommended System Requirements


Processor requirements:

    • A minimum of 1.4 GHz 64-bit EMT64 or AMD64 processor. Quad Core Recommended for production systems.

    • Support for security features like NX Bit and DEP (Data Execution Prevention).

    • The processor should support CMPXCHG16b, LAHF/SAHF, and PrefetchWNeeds.

    • Needs to Support EPT or NPT (Second Level Address Translation).

Disk Space:

For Core installation, a minimum Disk Space of 32 GB is required. Additional 4 GB is necessary for GUI installation.

Disk Space Capacity Planning:

Microsoft Support recommends the following:

    • 3 times the RAM size limited up to 32 GB. Which means 96 GB (32×3 = 96 GB).

    • Additional disk space of 10-12 GB for additional roles and features installed based on server roles. For 32 GB Systems with GUI (96 + 12 = 108 GB).

    • Additional 10 GB is required for Windows Updates. So, 108 GB +10 GB = 118 GB for 32 GB Systems.

    • 10 GB extra space for miscellaneous files and logs (Perfmon, Server Trace, etc.) (128 GB for 32 GB Systems).

    • Any Disk Space requirements for applications that are installed on the OS partition are additional. For example SQL, Exchange, SharePoint MS-CRM, etc.

Disk Controller:

    • Needs to be a PCI Express Compliant Disk Controller.

    • ATA/PATA/IDE/EIDE are not supported for either boot, page, or data.

RAM (Random Access memory) Requirements:

    • 512 MB ECC supported Memory Modules.

    • 800 MB for VM Installations, post-installation, reduce RAM to 512 MB.

Optional System Requirements Features:

    • Support of UEFI 2.3.1c-based system and firmware with support for secure boot.

    • Trusted Platform Module.

    • Graphics Accelerator device and monitor, capable of SVGA (1024 x 768) minimum. 1080 p monitors or higher-resolution recommended.

    • Input devices such as a Keyboard and Microsoft® mouse (or other compatible pointing devices).

    • Internet access to download Windows Updates where the tenant is managing the updates.

Network Requirements:

    • Minimum a Gigabit Ethernet adapter with 1 Gbps throughput.

    • Needs to be PCI Express Compliant hardware.

    • Support for Pre-boot Execution Environment (PXE). As you may know, Wireless Devices cannot be used to boot from the network.


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