Windows Server 2016

Multiple layers of security

Windows Server 2016 is a cloud-ready operating system that enhances security and reduces risk with multiple layers of built-in protection and provides Microsoft Azure-inspired innovation for the applications and infrastructure that power your business. Windows Server 2016 brings flexibility and control to your datacenter while lowering costs with software-defined compute, storage, and networking—using many of the same cloud-efficient features found in Azure datacenters.

You can also securely deploy and run your existing applications on Windows Server 2016 to transform them into new cloud-native models. Your developers can innovate and create on-premises and cloud applications using the latest technology—containers, microservices, and Nano Server.

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Windows Server 2016 was designed to help defend server applications and infrastructure against the main methods of attack used to compromise data and interrupt business, such as credential theft, malware insertion, and targeting of virtualization vulnerabilities. Protections at the identity, operating system, and virtualization layers work to disrupt standard attacker toolkits and isolate vulnerable targets, making the server operating system an active participant in its own defense.

Security and privacy are built into the Windows Server platform, beginning with the Security Development Lifecycle that addresses security at every development phase from initial planning to launch. Windows Server is continually updated to make it even more secure.

Windows Server 2016 prevents unauthorized access to your data through new and enhanced security mechanisms in such areas as identity and privileged access, security auditing, new virtualization protections, network security, and threat detection and response.


Companies in many industries are bound by extensive regulations regarding the use, transmission, and storage of customer data. Windows Server 2016 complies with the standards listed below, and its compliance is verified by third-party audits and certifications so you know that the data you entrust to Microsoft is held in accordance with stringent industry safeguards.

In addition, Windows Server 2016 can help you achieve your compliance goals with security features that include:


Microsoft is committed to improving our customers’ experiences in a mobile-first and cloud-first world. The data from Windows devices helps us operate and improve our products and services, and provide our customers with richer, more personal experiences.

  • Operational data, such as telemetry, enables us to provide you with core operating system services, such as Windows Update, and gives every enterprise customer a voice in helping shape future versions of Windows. We can provide quick responses to your feedback and your feedback helps us define new features and improve quality.
  • Functional data is created and used by specific applications or components of Windows, such as Cortana and Bing, and gives you customized experiences that help increase your productivity and enjoyment of your Windows devices.

We also provide organizations and users with control over how information is collected. Enterprise management capabilities, through Group Policy or registry settings, provide granular control over the type of data collected by Microsoft, so you can choose the best fit for your organization.


Our commitment to transparency and trust is clear:

  • We are open with customers about the types of data we gather.
  • We put enterprise customers in control—they can customize their own privacy settings.
  • We put customer privacy and security first.
  • We are transparent about how telemetry gets used.
  • We use telemetry to improve customer experiences.


Windows Server 2016

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Take advantage of IT innovation while reducing security risks and disruptions. With Windows Server 2016, get new layers of security, datacenter efficiency, and agility in application development backed by Microsoft Azure, one of the world’s largest cloud datacenters.


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