Windows Server 2016 is a Microsoft operating system designed for Windows Servers. It handles the computation, virtualization and security processes of the Windows Server operating system. It was developed concurrently with the Windows 10 operating system and it mirrors all the latest functionalities including cloud services. It has security capabilities including shielded VMs used in a multitenant environment for protecting virtual machine contents. It has features which are listed below.
Windows Server 2016 features.
1. Nano Server.
It has the Nano Server Recovery Console. Nano Server is an upgrade on the Windows Server graphical user interface (GUI) installation option. It boasts about 92% of the server workload with a smaller installation footprint.
It requires very few reboots and updates. Normally, Nano is to be remotely managed. The hyper-v host is part of nano workloads which is one of the most common workloads.
Because should administratively put any server roles from the exterior of Nano, the server has a much-reduced attack surface when compared to GUI Windows Server.
Nano is so very tiny. It allows easy porting easily across servers, data centres and physical sites. Nano hosts the most common Windows Server workloads, including Hyper-V host.
Nano is intended to be managed completely remotely, but Nano has a minute local management UI called “Nano Server Recovery Console”. It allows users to perform initial configuration tasks.
Microsoft has incorporated the Docker development on Windows Server by embedding Docker-based containers. Windows Server 2016 gives room for two different types of “containerized” Windows Server instances. Windows Server Container has low-trust workloads and allows instances to run on the same server. Also, it shares some common resources.
Hyper-V containers are of great use in high-trust workloads. It is mostly isolated from other containers in the containerized Windows Server.
3. Linux Secure Boot.
It allows a secure boot with Linux without issues of blowing up. Linux VMs is deployed under Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V. To achieve this, it does not necessarily require the stellar Secure Boot feature to be disabled.
4. Resilient File System (ReFS).
ReFS were long expected to be incorporated into the Windows Server. A very stable version of ReFS is available in windows server 2016. ReFS is a high-performance, high-resiliency file system.
5. Storage Spaces Direct.
Storage Spaces is available in Windows Server 2016. It gives room for administrators to create redundant and flexible disk storage cheaply. In Windows Server 2016, this feature allows the extension of Storage Spaces. This extension allows the cluster to carry the failover nodes in the local storage.
6. Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS).
ADFS aids in single-sign-on (SSO) for on-premises active directory and a multiplicity of cloud-based services. It supports token-based claims identity.
With ADFS v4, Windows Server 2016 can deal with OpenID Connect-based authentication, multi-factor authentication (MFA), and what Microsoft calls “hybrid conditional access.
Other features available in windows server 2016 includes:
- Nested Virtualization
- Hyper-V Hot-Add Virtual Hardware
- PowerShell Direct
- Shielded VMs
Windows Server 2016 Price.
The cost of purchasing the Windows Server 2016 is dependent on the processor server and the number of core licenses.
On a single and dual processor server, 16 core licenses are purchased for $888, 32 core licenses are purchased for $1764 while 48 core licenses are sold for $2664.
For Windows Server data centre, single & dual processor servers of 16 core licenses cost $6140. You can visit the Microsoft website to buy Windows Server 2016.