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Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition Unlimited Windows Server Containers
Windows Server 2016 Features:
Active Directory Federation Services: It is possible to configure AD FS to authenticate users stored in non-AD directories, such as X.500 compliant Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) directories and SQL databases.
Windows Defender: Windows Server Antimalware is installed and enabled by default without the GUI, which is an installable Windows feature.
Remote Desktop Services: support for OpenGL 4.4 and OpenCL 1.1, performance and stability improvements; MultiPoint Services role (see Windows MultiPoint Server)
Storage Services: central Storage QoS Policies; Storage Replicas (storage-agnostic, block-level, volume-based, synchronous and asynchronous replication using SMB3 between servers for disaster recovery). Storage Replica replicates blocks instead of files; files can be in use. It’s not multi-master, not one-to-many and not transitive. It periodically replicates snapshots, and the replication direction can be changed.
Failover Clustering: cluster operating system rolling upgrade, Storage Replicas
Web Application Proxy: preauthentication for HTTP Basic application publishing, wildcard domain publishing of applications, HTTP to HTTPS redirection, Propagation of client IP address to backend applications
IIS 10: Support for HTTP/2
Windows PowerShell 5.0
Soft Restart, a Windows feature to speed up the booting process by skipping hardware initialization, and resetting software only.
Telnet server is not included
DHCP: as Network Access Protection was deprecated in Windows Server 2012 R2, in Windows Server 2016 the DHCP role no longer supports NAP
DNS client: service binding – enhanced support for computers with more than one network interface
DNS Server: DNS policies, new DDS record types (TLSA, SPF, and unknown records), new PowerShell cmdlets and parameters
Windows Server Gateway now supports Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) tunnels
IP address management (IPAM): support for /31, /32, and /128 subnets; discovery of file-based, domain-joined DNS servers; new DNS functions; better integration of DNS, DHCP, and IP Address (DDI) Management
Network Controller, a new server role to configure, manage, monitor, and troubleshoot virtual and physical network devices and services in the datacenter
Hyper-V Network Virtualization: programmable Hyper-V switch (a new building block of Microsoft’s software-defined networking solution); VXLAN encapsulation support; Microsoft Software Load Balancer interoperability; better IEEE Ethernet standard compliancy
Windows Server 2016 System Requirements:
Based on the Tp5 release, here are the expected system requirements for Windows Server 2016:
1 . 1.4 Ghz 64-bit processor or faster
2 . Compatible with x64 instruction set
3 . Supports NX, DEP, CMPXCHG16b, LAHF/SAHF, PrefetchW and Second Level Address Translation (EPT or NPT)
1 . 512 MB of RAM or greater
2 . ECC (Error Correcting Code) type or similar technology
3 . Disk Space Requirements:
4 . 32GB or greater
1 . Ethernet adapter with at least gigabit throughput
2 . complient with PCI-E architecture
3 . Support for Pre-boot Execution Environment (PXE)
Other Requirements (Not required to install and run Windows Server 2016, but are required for certain features):
1 . UEFI 2.3.1c based system
2 . Firmware that supports secure boot
3 . Trusted Platform Module
4 . Graphics device and monitor capable of 1024 x 768 or higher resolution
5 . Keyboard and Mouse
6 . Internet Access
Windows Server 2016 Editions
Microsoft has revealed two versions of Windows Server 2016: Datacenter Edition and Standard Edition. Here is a brief overview of each edition:
Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition – Highly virtualized private and hybrid cloud environments.
Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition – Non-virtualized or lightly virtualized environments
Microsoft has also informed us that other editions will be available with more information coming later this year. If the editions remain the same as Windows Server 2012 R2, we can expect an Essentials Edition and a Foundation Edition.
Windows Server 2016 Edition Comparison:
|Datacenter Edition||Standard Edition|
|Windows Server Core Functionality||Yes||Yes|
|OSEs / Hyper-V containers||Unlimited||2|
Windows Server containers
New Storage Features including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica
|New Shielded Virtual Machines and Host Guardian Service||Yes||–|
|New networking stack||Yes||–|
Rolling Hyper-V cluster update: Unlike upgrading clusters from Windows 2008 R2 to 2012 level, Windows Server 2016 cluster nodes can be added to a Hyper-V Cluster with nodes running Windows Server 2012 R2. The cluster continues to function at a Windows Server 2012 R2 feature level until all of the nodes in the cluster have been upgraded and the cluster functional level has been upgraded.
Storage quality of service (QoS) to centrally monitor end-to-end storage performance and create policies using Hyper-V and Scale-Out File Servers
New, more efficient binary virtual machine configuration format (.VMCX extension for virtual machine configuration data and the .VMRS extension for runtime state data)
Hyper-V Manager: Alternate credentials support, down-level management, WS-Management protocol
Integration services for Windows guests distributed through Windows Update
Hot add and remove for network adapters (for generation 2 virtual machines) and memory (for generation 1 and generation 2 virtual machines)
Linux secure boot
Connected Standby compatibility
Storage Resiliency feature of Hyper-V is formed for detecting transitory loss of connectivity to VM storage. VMs will be paused until connectivity is re-established.
RDMA compatible Virtual Switch