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Microsoft Windows Server 2016

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Windows Server 2016 is a server version of Windows developed by Microsoft. Windows Server 2016 offers many innovative improvements compared to previous versions. In addition, security and infrastructure have been greatly improved. For example, Windows Server is also known for its flexible management. It is easy to set up user groups, grant permissions and install programs.

What are the benefits of Windows Server 2016?

Here are some benefits of Windows Server 2016:

Windows Server 2016

NanoServer
Windows Server 2016 introduced Nano Server, a very stripped down version of the operating system optimized for cloud environments and containers. Nano Server has a smaller footprint, fewer updates, and requires fewer restarts, resulting in better security and less maintenance.

Enhanced security
Windows Server 2016 brought several security enhancements, including Credential Guard, Device Guard, and Just Enough Administration (JEA). These features help prevent attacks such as pass-the-hash and pass-the-ticket, as well as limiting administrator privileges.

Hyper-V improvements
Windows Server 2016 offered several virtualization enhancements with Hyper-V, such as Nested Virtualization, Storage Spaces Direct (S2D), Shielded Virtual Machines, and improved support for Linux VMs.

Failover clustering improvements
Failover clustering in Windows Server 2016 has been optimized with features such as Hot Add and Remove of network adapters and storage, cluster awareness improvements, and updates to the Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade process.

Windows containers
Windows Server 2016 introduced support for Windows containers, allowing developers and system administrators to easily package, distribute, and run applications in isolated containers.

Storage Replica
Windows Server 2016 brought Storage Replica, a feature that allows you to perform synchronous and asynchronous replication of volumes between servers or clusters, providing better data protection.

Azure integration
Windows Server 2016 was designed to integrate seamlessly with Microsoft Azure, making hybrid cloud scenarios easier to deploy and manage.

Windows Admin Center (formerly Project Honolulu):
While Windows Admin Center was originally introduced for Windows Server 2019, it was also made available for Windows Server 2016. This tool provides an easy-to-use web-based server management interface.

Storage efficiency
Windows Server 2016 introduced ReFS (Resilient File System) with improved efficiency for managing large storage volumes, as well as better integration with Storage Spaces and Storage Spaces Direct.

What’s new with Microsoft Windows Server 2016?

The following are the new features introduced in Microsoft Windows Server 2016:

NanoServer
Windows Server 2016 introduced Nano Server, a very stripped down version of the operating system optimized for cloud environments and containers. Nano Server has a smaller footprint, fewer updates, and requires fewer restarts, resulting in better performance and security.

Hyper-V improvements
Windows Server 2016 brought several virtualization improvements with Hyper-V, such as support for Host Guardian Service (HGS) for Shielded Virtual Machines, Nested Virtualization (allowing you to run VMs within VMs), and the ability to hot-add and hot-remove virtual hardware.

Windows containers
Windows Server 2016 introduced support for Windows containers, allowing developers to package, distribute, and run applications in isolated containers. This makes application deployment and management easier.

Storage Spaces Direct (S2D)
This feature provides the ability to create software-defined storage that uses local disks on physical servers, enabling organizations to build scalable and resilient storage solutions without the need for external storage devices.

Storage Replica
Windows Server 2016 introduced Storage Replica, which allows you to perform synchronous and asynchronous replication of volumes between servers or clusters, improving data protection and recovery.

Shielded Virtual Machines
Shielded VMs can protect virtual machines from inspection and manipulation by unauthorized users or even system administrators. This is especially useful in environments where sensitive data is handled.

Rolling Cluster Upgrades
Windows Server 2016 made it possible to upgrade a failover cluster to a newer version of Windows Server without interrupting services. This simplifies the cluster upgrade process.

Windows Admin Center (formerly Project Honolulu)
Windows Admin Center is a new, easy-to-use utility for server and cluster management through a web-based interface.

Enhanced network functions
Windows Server 2016 brought improvements to the network, including the Datacenter Firewall (for protecting virtual machines), the ability to assign multiple IP addresses to a single network interface, and better integration of Windows and Hyper-V Network Virtualization.

Until when will Microsoft Windows server 2016 licenses be supported?

The support cycle for Microsoft Windows Server 2016 is determined by Microsoft’s Product Lifecycle Policy. The lifecycle of a product includes two major phases: Mainstream Support and Extended Support. Here are the important dates related to Windows Server 2016 support:

Mainstream support
Mainstream support for Windows Server 2016 began on October 12, 2016 and typically lasts for five years. During this phase, Microsoft regularly provides security updates, bug fixes, enhancements, and technical support for the product.

Extended support
After Mainstream support comes Extended support, which typically lasts for five years. During this time, the product will still receive security updates, but no new features or design changes.

Windows Server 2016 licenses

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Windows Server 2016 Standard (16 Core)
Windows Server 2016 Standard (2 Core)
Windows Server 2016 Datacenter (16 Core)
Windows Server 2016 Datacenter (2 Core)

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