Windows Server 2016 is the cloud-ready operating system that delivers new layers of security and innovation for the applications and infrastructure that power business. WS2016 claims it will help you:
- Increase security and reduce business risk with multiple layers of protection built into the operating system.
- Evolve your datacenter to save money and gain flexibility with software-defined datacenter technologies inspired by Microsoft Azure.
- Innovate faster with an application platform optimized for the applications you run today, as well as the cloud-native apps of tomorrow.
Windows Server 2016 includes 3 main editions:
- Datacenter: This edition claims to deliver significant value for organisations that need unlimited virtualisation along with powerful new features including Shielded Virtual Machines, software-defined storage and software-defined networking.
- Standard: This edition is ideal for organisations that need limited virtualisation but require a robust, general purpose server operating system.
- Essentials: This edition is designed for SMEs with less than 50 users.
Standard and Datacenter editions also has three installation options:
- The Server with Desktop Experience installation option (previously known as Server with a GUI) provides an ideal user experience for those who need to run an app that requires local UI or for Remote Desktop Services Host. This option has the full Windows client shell and experience, consistent with Windows 10 Anniversary edition Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB), with the server Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and Server Manager tools available locally on the server.
- Server Core: The Server Core installation option removes the client UI from the server, providing an installation that runs the majority of the roles and features on a lighter install. Server Core does not include MMC or Server Manager, which can be used remotely, but does include limited local graphical tools such as Task Manager as well as PowerShell for local or remote management.
- Nano Server: The Nano Server installation option provides an ideal lightweight operating system to run “cloud-native” applications based on containers and micro-services. It can also be used to run an agile and cost-effective datacenter with a dramatically smaller OS footprint. Because it is a headless installation of the server operating system, management is done remotely via Core PowerShell, the web-based Server Management Tools (SMT), or existing remote management tools such as MMC.