Microsoft Windows Server 2016

The cloud offers IT organisations opportunities to flourish under a new model that delivers faster time to value and innovation. Many organisations, however, face strict compliance or business requirements. For customers’ that need it all - security, efficiency, and innovation - Windows Server 2016 delivers it. Windows Server 2016 is the cloud-ready operating system that supports your current workloads while introducing new technologies that make it easy to transition to cloud computing when you are ready.

Windows Server 2016 includes built-in breach resistance to help thwart attacks on your systems and meet compliance goals. Even if someone finds a way into your environment, the layers of security built into Windows Server 2016 limit the damage they can cause and help detect suspicious activity.

Windows Server 2016 editions have been streamlined to better support today’s changing business requirements, and our 3XS server technicians can pre-install any of the following editions for you:

Windows Server Editions
Windows Server 2016 Datacenter for highly virtualised datacentre and cloud environments
Windows Server 2016 Standard for physical or minimally virtualised environments
Windows Server 2016 Essentials for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices
Windows Storage Server 2016 for dedicated storage solutions - available in Standard and Workgroup editions as a pre-install only

Features exclusive to the Datacenter edition include Shielded Virtual Machines, software-defined networking, Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica. Standard Edition includes rights to two Operating System Environments (OSEs, or virtual machines) or Hyper-V containers. Datacenter Edition includes unlimited OSEs and Hyper-V containers.

Enhanced Security Features

New threats have made it harder than ever for IT to secure data and applications. Windows Server 2016 gives you new capabilities to help prevent attacks and detect suspicious activity, with features to control privileged access, help protect virtual machines, and harden the platform against emerging threats.

Feature Description Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows Server 2016
Shielded Virtual Machines: Uses BitLocker to encrypt disk and state of virtual machines.
Host Guardian Service: Helps ensure Hyper-V hosts running Shielded Virtual Machines are allowed and healthy hosts.
Just Enough Administration (JEA): Limits administrative privileges to the bare-minimum required set of actions (limited in space).
Just-in-Time Administration (JEA): Provides privileged access through a workflow that is audited and limited in time.
Credential Guard: Uses virtualisation-based security to help secure credential information.
Remote Credential Guard: Works in conjunction with Credential Guard for Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) sessions to deliver Single Sign-On (SSO), eliminating the need to pass credentials to the RDP host.
Device Guard: Helps ensure only authorised executables run on the machine.
AppLocker: Provides policy-based access control management for applications.
Windows Defender: Automatically helps protect machines from malware while allowing legitimate applications to run.
Control Flow Guard: Helps protect against classes of memory corruption attacks.
Generation 2 virtual machines: Allows VMs to use hardware-based security to leverage Secure Boot, BitLocker, etc.
Enhanced auditing for threat detection: Provides better log information.
Dynamic Access Control: Enables administrators to apply access-control permissions and restrictions based on well-defined rules.
Windows Firewall with Advanced Security: Allows granular firewall configuration.
BitLocker: Uses a hardware or virtual Trusted Platform Module (TPM) chip to provide disk encryption for data and system volumes.
Small-footprint Hyper-V host (Server Core/Nano Server): Minimises attack surface with a Hyper-V host running minimum required components.

Not Supported

Limited Support

Fully Supported

Simplify Operational Procedures

New applications stretch the operational fabric and create infrastructure backlogs that can slow business. IT organisations are expected to do more with less, but an aging infrastructure with little automation becomes a hindrance to moving forward.

Feature Description Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows Server 2016
Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade: Enables you to upgrade your server clusters from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2016 while continuing to provide service to your users.
Linux and FreeBSD Workloads: Enables most of the Windows Server software-defined datacentre features for Linux and FreeBSD guests running on Hyper-V for increased functionality, performance, and manageability.
Hot add and remove for disk, memory and network: Add or remove a network adapter and adjust the amount of memory assigned while the VM is running, without any interruption. The memory adjustment capability works even when you have Dynamic Memory turned on for a Hyper-V host.
Mixed OS Mode cluster: Provides ability for Windows Server 2012 R2 cluster nodes to operate with Windows Server 2016 nodes.
Storage Spaces Direct: Enables industry standard servers with local storage to build highly available and scalable software defined storage.
Storage Replica: Provides storage agnostic, block-level, synchronous replication between servers for disaster recovery, and allows stretching of a failover cluster for high availability.
Site-Aware Failover Clusters: Enables nodes in stretched clusters to be grouped based on physical location, enhancing key cluster-lifecycle operations, such as failover behavior, placement policies, heartbeating between nodes, and quorum behavior.
Storage Quality of Service (QoS): Uses policies to define and monitor storage I/O minimums and maximums for virtual machines to enable consistent performance across VMs.
Data deduplication: Provides volume savings of up to 90% by storing duplicate files on a volume once using logical pointers.
Virtual machine storage resiliency: Provides intelligent means to retain virtual-machine session states to minimize the impact of minor storage disruptions.
Azure Consistent Storage: Delivers three critical Azure-consistent storage services for Azure Stack customers: blob, table and account management.
Azure Witness for cluster: Enables Azure blob storage as a witness in a quorum for a stretched cluster.
Storage health monitoring: Provides continuous monitoring, reporting, and maintenance to support Storage Spaces Direct.

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Limited Support

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Prices & Licensing

The Windows Server 2016 licensing model includes both Cores and 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 a Windows Server and a Remote Desktop Services (RDS) CAL. A Windows Server CAL gives a user or device the right to access any edition of Windows Server of the same or earlier version. Each Window Server CAL allows access to multiple licenses of Windows Server.

Editions Licensing Model CAL Requirements
Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Core-based Windows Server CAL
Windows Server 2016 Standard Core-based Windows Server CAL
Windows Server 2016 Essentials Processor-based No CAL Required
Windows Server 2016 MultiPoint Premium Server Processor-based Windows Server CAL + Remote Desktop Services CAL
Windows Storage Server 2016 Processor-based No CAL Required
Windows Hyper-V Server 2016 N/A N/A

Core based licensing: Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter

  • All physical cores in the server must be licensed. Servers are licensed based on the number of physical processor cores in the server.
  • A minimum of 16 core licenses is required for each server.
  • A minimum of 8 core licenses is required for each physical processor.
  • Core licenses will be sold in packs of two.
  • Eight 2-core packs will be the minimum required to license each physical server.
  • The 2-core pack for each edition is one-eighth the price of a 2-processor license for corresponding Windows Server 2012 R2 editions.
  • 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.
  • Existing customers’ servers under Software Assurance will receive core grants as required, with documentation.