What's New in Windows Server 2016
In terms of licensing, a lot has changed compared to the previous versions. With Windows Server 2016, this is no longer processor-based, but kernel-based.
Please note that:
- Each processor must be licensed with at least 8 cores
- Each server must be licensed with at least 16 cores.
For Windows Server 2016 Standard licenses, you receive two licenses for Windows Server instances for each full hardware license. This article is an additional license for 4 processor cores under Windows Server 2016 Standard. The basic license for 16 or 24 cores is required as a basis.
Overview of functions:
Additional security levels
Improve security in your server structure and reduce risk with multiple integrated layers of protection
New deployment options
Improve availability and reduce resource utilization with the lean Nano Server.
Windows Server and Hyper-V containers enable flexible development and management.
Create highly available and scalable software-defined storage and save costs.
Use software-defined networks to automate with cloud-like efficiency.
The most important innovations in detail:
Physical and virtual machines benefit from improved Win32 time service and Hyper-V time synchronization service accuracy. Windows Server can now be used to host services that comply with future regulations that require 1 ms accuracy for UTC.
New features in Nano Server. Nano Server now has an updated module for creating Nano Server images. In addition, the functionality for physical hosts and guest VMs is more separate, and you benefit from support for different editions of Windows Server. The Recovery Console has also been improved. These improvements include the separation of incoming and outgoing firewall rules and the ability to repair WinRM configuration.
Remote Desktop Services
With a highly available RDS deployment, you can use Azure SQL database for your remote desktop connection broker in high availability mode.
Identity and Access
New identity features enhance the ability to protect Active Directory environments. Enterprises can also migrate to pure cloud or hybrid deployments where some applications and services are hosted in the cloud and other applications and services are hosted locally.
Management and Automation
The Administration and Automation section focuses on tool and reference information for IT professionals who want to run and manage Windows Server 2016 (including Windows PowerShell).
Windows PowerShell 5.0 includes important new features - including support for class development and new security features - that extend functionality, improve usability, and simplify and extend the control and management of Windows-based environments. For details, see Windows Management Framework (WMF) 5.0 RTM Release Notes Overview (Windows Management Framework 5.0 RTM - Overview of Notes for this Release).
The new features for Windows Server 2016 include the following: PowerShell.exe can run locally on Nano Server (no longer remote only), new cmdlets for local users and groups replace the GUI, new PowerShell debugging support, and new support in Nano Server for security logging and recording, and JEA.
You can now both mirror and route traffic to new or existing virtual devices. In combination with a distributed firewall and network security groups, you can dynamically segment and protect workloads like Azure. You can also deploy and manage the entire software-defined network stack using System Center Virtual Machine Manager. And you can use Dockers to manage Windows Server container networks and map SDN policies not only to virtual computers, but also to containers. For more information, see Plan Software Defined Networking Deployment.
TCP Performance EnhancementsThe
default Initial Congestion Window (ICW) has been increased from 4 to 10 and TCP Fast Open (TFO) has been implemented
TFO reduces the time required to establish a TCP connection, and the increased ICW allows the transmission of larger objects in the initial burst. This combination can significantly reduce the time required to transfer an Internet object between the client and the cloud.
TCP: Tail Loss Probe (TLP) and Recent ACKnowledgement (RACK) have been implemented to improve TCP recovery behavior after packet loss. TLP helps convert RTOs (Retransmit TimeOuts) to fast restores, and RACK reduces the time it takes to quickly restore to retransmit a lost packet.
Scope of delivery:
- Additional license add-on
- invoice in your name incl. VAT.
- Instructions for easy installation.
Note: This offer does not include a product key sticker (COA label). This offer is aimed at private individuals as well as companies, business customers, public authorities, organisations, schools, communities and churches.