Windows Server 2016 Editions

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).

Editions:

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
DirectAccess yes yes
DLNA codecs and web media streaming Yes, if installed as Server with Desktop Experience Yes, if installed as Server with Desktop Experience

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