Windows Server 2016 is the latest version of Microsoft’s server operating system and has officially been released.
Windows Server 2016 is the beginning of a new direction for the Microsoft operating system. Windows Server 2016 is bringing a host of new features that focus on cloud computing and virtualization.
In earlier versions of Windows Server, it was serviced and supported with a “5+5” model meaning that there will be 5 years of mainstream support and 5 years of extended support. This continues with Windows Server 2016 as well, the only difference being the nomenclature. Customers who choose to install full Windows Server 2016 with a Desktop GUI or Server Core will maintain the same servicing experience which will be known as Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB).
Windows Server 2016 comes in 3 main editions:
1. Essentials – Highly virtualized and software-defined datacenter environments
2. Standard – Low density or non-virtualized environments
3. Datacenter – Highly virtualized and software-defined datacenter environments
Locks and Limits
|Locks and Limits||Windows Server 2016 Standard||Windows Server 2016 Datacenter|
|Maximum number of users||Based on CALs||Based on CALs|
|Maximum SMB connections||16777216||16777216|
|Maximum RRAS connections||unlimited||unlimited|
|Maximum IAS connections||2147483647||2147483647|
|Maximum RDS connections||65535||65535|
|Maximum number of 64-bit sockets||64||64|
|Maximum number of cores||unlimited||unlimited|
|Maximum RAM||24 TB||24 TB|
|Can be used as virtualization guest||Yes; 2 virtual machines, plus one Hyper-V host per license||Yes; unlimited virtual machines, plus one Hyper-V host per license|
|Server can join a domain||yes||yes|
|Edge network protection/firewall||no||no|
|DLNA codecs and web media streaming||Yes, if installed as Server with Desktop Experience||Yes, if installed as Server with Desktop Experience|