Windows Server 2016 Features

By | January 1, 2016

As of now what are all the new features available in Windows Server 2016, what are major improvement and difference between windows server 2012 and 2016, windows server 2016 is not yet available to all and still in the development or Technical Preview version, I just find out the list of Windows Server 2016 Features comparison with windows server 2012

Also Read: Difference between windows server 2008 and 2012

Major Features of Windows Server 2016

Nano Server

I have already discussed about Nano Server 2016 Features, Nano Server now supports the IIS and DNS server roles, Windows Server Installer, WMI provider for Windows Update and many more

Also Read: Nano Server Features and Benefits

Windows containers

Have already discussed basics about the Windows Containers, Microsoft supports Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers, Windows Server Containers same like a Docker, running each container as an application on top of the host OS

Hyper-V Containers will be completely isolated virtual machines (light weight virtual machine), multiple light weight virtual machine has its own copy of the common Windows kernel

Also Read: Windows Server Containers Features on Windows Server 2016

Active Directory Federation Service

ADFS in Windows Server 2016 is enable you to configure AD FS to authenticate users stored in LDAP directories

Also Read: Active Directory Features in Windows Server 2012

Remote Desktop Services

Personal session desktop

We can deploy server based personal desktops in a cloud computing environment and can configure unique personal session desktop for users with necessary rights/access,  will create session based desktop deployment in Windows Server 2016, difference between the Hyper-V servers and the guest VMs, like Microsoft Azure Cloud or Microsoft Cloud Platform

OpenGL 4.4 and OpenCL 1.1 API Support

Now we can use graphic intensive applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Maya, Blender and other on RDP with the help of new RemoteFX vGPU on Windows Server 2016 and will get rich user experience

MultiPoint Services

Windows MultiPoint Server is opening a new way of working and it differ from old Server/desktop module, MultiPoint allows multiple users, each with their own independent Windows experience, to simultaneously share one computer, originally developed for educational institutions and now can be extended to small networks to work efficiently and most important it reduces total cost of ownership by reducing hardware and maintenance costs

In simple word, each user has their own Windows desktop experience, using their own monitor, keyboard and mouse connected to the local computer, will use the local server to process for them like a Unix multi user experience

Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016

Now we can add or remove for network adapters and memory without down time, windows server 2016 support Hot add feature

Also Read: Differences between Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and Hyper-V Server 2012 R2

Windows Defender in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server Antimalware is installed and enabled by default in Windows Server 2016, it’s inbuilt free Antivirus Windows Defender, it’s Top and Best Free Antivirus for Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016

Failover Clustering in Windows Server 2016

Cluster Operating System Rolling Upgrade

Now you can upgrade the operating system of the cluster nodes from Windows Server 2012 to Windows Server 2016 without stopping the Hyper-V

Storage Replica

No need of 3rd party solution for block-level replication to different sites, Windows Server 2016 new feature called Storage Replica (SR) is enables storage-agnostic, block-level replication between servers or clusters for disaster recovery (DR) with zero data loss at the file-system level

File and Storage Services in Windows Server 2016 

Storage Spaces Direct

We can build highly available (HA) storage systems with local storage like SATA disk with the help of Storage Spaces Direct, It simplifies the deployment and management of software-defined storage systems

Storage quality of service (QoS)

We can now monitor end to end storage performance and also create policies using Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016 using storage quality of service to centrally

Windows PowerShell 5.0

New improved PowerShell version with multiple new features in Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC), this was a new feature added in windows server 2012 and R2, will see more details on Difference between windows server 2012 and R2

Also Read: Why PowerShell remoting can’t be enabled on a Windows server 2008

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