Windows Server 2016 preview

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Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5 is here. Preview the cloud-ready operating system today to apply new levels of security and innovation to the applications and infrastructure that power your business. Support the workloads you run today, and make it easier to move to the cloud when you’re ready.

WHY CHOOSE WINDOWS SERVER 2016

Windows Server 2016 editions

EditionsDescriptionLicensing modelCAL requirements

Windows Server 2016 Datacenter

For highly virtualized datacenter and cloud environments

Core based

WS CAL

Windows Server 2016 Standard

For physical or minimally virtualized environments

Core based

WS CAL

Windows Server 2016 Essentials

For small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices

Processor based

No CAL required

Windows Server 2016 MultiPoint Premium Server

For Volume Licensing customers in Academic segments only

Processor based

WS CAL+RDS CAL

Windows Storage Server 2016

Standard and Workgroup editions available in the OEM channel only

Processor based

No CAL required

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016

Free hypervisor download

NA

NA

Editions

Windows Server 2016 Datacenter

Description

For highly virtualized datacenter and cloud environments

Licensing model

Core based

CAL requirements

WS CAL

Editions

Windows Server 2016 Standard

Description

For physical or minimally virtualized environments

Licensing model

Core based

CAL requirements

WS CAL

Editions

Windows Server 2016 Essentials

Description

For small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices

Licensing model

Processor based

CAL requirements

No CAL required

Editions

Windows Server 2016 MultiPoint Premium Server

Description

For Volume Licensing customers in Academic segments only

Licensing model

Processor based

CAL requirements

WS CAL+RDS CAL

Editions

Windows Storage Server 2016

Description

Standard and Workgroup editions available in the OEM channel only

Licensing model

Processor based

CAL requirements

No CAL required

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Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016

Description

Free hypervisor download

Licensing model

NA

CAL requirements

NA

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Feature Differentiation: Datacenter and Standard Editions
FeatureDatacenter EditionStandard Edition
Core functionality of Windows Server
OSEs / Hyper-V ContainersUnlimited2
Windows Server containersUnlimitedUnlimited
Host Guardian Service
Nano Server*
Storage features including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica
Shielded Virtual Machines
Networking stack
Core-based pricing**$6,155 $882

* Software Assurance is required to deploy and operate Nano Server in production.

** Pricing for Open (NL) ERP license for 16 core licenses. Actual customer prices may vary.

Pricing and licensing

The Windows Server 2016 editions reflect today’s changing business requirements. For example, the Datacenter Edition includes exclusive new features to run a software-defined datacenter. Check out the updated licensing datasheet for more details.

Additional licensing resources

Feature Differentiation: Datacenter and Standard Editions
FeatureDatacenter EditionStandard Edition
Core functionality of Windows Server
OSEs / Hyper-V ContainersUnlimited2
Windows Server containersUnlimitedUnlimited
Host Guardian Service
Nano Server*
Storage features including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica

* Software Assurance is required to deploy and operate Nano Server in production.

** Pricing for Open (NL) ERP license for 16 core licenses. Actual customer prices may vary.