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Windows Server 2016 Evaluation Guide
Report by: Wes Miller
Posted: August 2016
Windows Server 2016 delivers new capabilities for managing and securing software-defined data centers, as well as enhancements to Remote Desktop Services and other roles, but also brings significant licensing changes that could affect upgrades
The new version of Windows Server, Windows Server 2016, enhances many features of earlier versions and introduces new options to support on-premises and hybrid cloud scenarios
Windows Server 2016 includes changes that improve the security, manageability, and availability of virtual machines running within Hyper-V
Storage enhancements in Windows Server 2016 could drive down storage costs and increase I/O performance, data availability, and reliability
Storage enhancements to Windows Server could deliver lower costs for deploying server applications or virtualization using Microsoft's Scale-Out File Server clusters
Windows Server 2016 includes several features intended to improve networking among virtual machines
Windows Server provides a minimal installation mode, Nano Server, with no local log-on or user interface and remote management
Windows Server 2016 includes Microsoft's implementation of the Docker server application management platform
Windows Server 2016 includes changes to Remote Desktop Services that should help organizations deliver more efficient and more flexible server-based desktops
Active Directory Federation Services received updates in Windows Server 2016 to enable easier federation and conditional access controls
Windows Server 2016 will offer two different release and update models, depending on the OS's installation mode
Web-based server management tools, based in Azure, are available for managing cloud and on-premises instances of Windows Server
Few features have been removed or deprecated from Windows Server 2016, so most applications should function on the new version of the OS
Windows Server's future will focus on the software-defined data center and virtualization and on providing the foundation for Azure Stack
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