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Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2016

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Summary

No matter where you want to take your organization, get there with Windows Server 2016—bringing the innovation behind the world’s largest cloud datacenter to yours.

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.

What’s new with Windows Server 2016
  • Added layers of security: Enhance security and reduce risk with multiple layers of built-in protection.
  • New deployment options: Increase availability and reduce resource usage with the lightweight Nano Server.
  • Built-in containers: Develop and manage with agility thanks to Windows Server and Hyper-V containers.
  • Cost-efficient storage: Build highly available, scalable software-defined storage and reduce costs.
  • Innovative networking: Software-defined networking to automate with cloud-like efficiency.

Strengthen your security—starting at the operating system
Help prevent malicious attacks and detect suspicious activity where it matters: your operating system and workloads. Rely on security features built into Windows Server 2016 to control privileged access, protect virtual machines, and harden the platform against emerging threats.

Be more efficient with a software-defined datacenter
Bring flexibility and control to your datacenter while lowering costs with software-defined compute, storage, and networking. Run your datacenter with an automated and resilient operating system, and access many of the same cloud-efficient features found in Microsoft Azure datacenters.

Innovate faster with cloud-ready application workloads
Securely deploy and run your existing applications on Windows Server 2016 to transform them into new cloud-native models. Help developers to innovate and create on-premises and cloud applications using the latest technology—containers, microservices, and Nano Server.

Read the Windows Server 2016 Datasheet
Processor
Processor performance depends not only on the clock frequency of the processor, but also on the number of processor cores and the size of the processor cache. The following are the processor requirements for this product:
Minimum:
  • 1.4 GHz 64-bit processor
  • Compatible with x64 instruction set
  • Supports NX and DEP
  • Supports CMPXCHG16b, LAHF/SAHF, and PrefetchW
  • Supports Second Level Address Translation (EPT or NPT)
Coreinfo is a tool you can use to confirm which of these capabilities you CPU has.


RAM
The following are the estimated RAM requirements for this product:
Minimum:
  • 512 MB (2 GB for Server with Desktop Experience installation option)
  • ECC (Error Correcting Code) type or similar technology.

Storage controller and disk space requirements
Computers that run Windows Server 2016 must include a storage adapter that is compliant with the PCI Express architecture specification. Persistent storage devices on servers classified as hard disk drives must not be PATA. Windows Server 2016 does not allow ATA/PATA/IDE/EIDE for boot, page, or data drives.
The following are the estimated minimum disk space requirements for the system partition:
Minimum:
  • 32 GB

Network adapter requirements
Network adapters used with this release should include these features:
Minimum:
  • An Ethernet adapter capable of at least gigabit throughput
  • Compliant with the PCI Express architecture specification.
  • Supports Pre-boot Execution Environment (PXE).
A network adapter that supports network debugging (KDNet) is useful, but not a minimum requirement.


Other requirements
Computers running this release also must have the following:
  • DVD drive (if you intend to install the operating system from DVD media)
The following items are not strictly required, but are necessary for certain features:
  • UEFI 2.3.1c-based system and firmware that supports secure boot
  • Trusted Platform Module
  • Graphics device and monitor capable of Super VGA (1024 x 768) or higher-resolution
  • Keyboard and Microsoft® mouse (or other compatible pointing device)
  • Internet access (fees may apply)
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