The new licensing structure that has been adopted by Windows Server 2016 has also moved away from the Windows Server 2012/2012R2 CPU socket licensing model in that now the amount of cores covered under one license is limited.
Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter core licensing now covers a minimum of 8 core licenses for each physical processor and a minimum of 16 core licenses for each server.
"Technical Preview 5" was released on 27 April 2016.
Windows Server 2016 Insider Preview Build 16237 was released to Windows Insiders on 13 July 2017.
Microsoft has been reorganized by Satya Nadella, putting the Server and System Center teams together.
Previously, the Server team was more closely aligned with the Windows client team.
and on cloud computing platforms such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services.
Starting with the new feature release of Windows Server, version 1709, Nano Server can only be installed inside a container host.
This topic describes pre-install considerations, and how to download and install Docker EE.However, in Technical Preview 5, Microsoft has re-added the ability to administer Nano Server locally through Power Shell.According to Microsoft engineer Jeffrey Snover, Nano Server has 93% lower VHD size, 92% fewer critical security advisories, and 80% fewer reboots than Windows Server.Core licenses are sold in packs of two with Standard Edition providing the familiar rights to run 2 virtualized OS environments.If the server goes over 16 core licenses for a 2 processor server additional licenses will now be required with Windows Server 2016.It was reported that Microsoft was working with Qualcomm Centriq and Cavium Thunder X2 chips.According to James Vincent of The Verge, this decision endangers Intel's dominance of the server CPU market.It does not support console login, either locally or via Remote Desktop Connection.All management is performed remotely via Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), Windows Power Shell and Remote Server Management Tools (a collection of web-based GUI and command line tools).Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2 was made available on . (A similar jump in the most significant part of the version number from 6 to 10 is seen in Windows 10.) Highlights of this version include: The fourth technical preview of the operating system was made available on 19 November 2015, one year and one month after the initial technical preview. Its highlights include: Windows Server 2016 was released to manufacturing on 26 September 2016, bearing the version number of 10.0.14393.(Same version number as Windows 10 Anniversary Update.) Microsoft added the following final touches: It is offered to the Microsoft Software Assurance customers who have an active Windows Server 2016 license and has the same system requirements.