Windows Server 2016:
Version Comparisons

Compare specific features of Windows Server versions with the guide below. Understand the differences between the version you are running today and the latest version available from Microsoft.

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Identity, Access & Security Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows Server 2016
Active Directory Services
Dynamic Access Control
Just Enough Admin/Just in Time
Windows Defender Built-in
Virtualization Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows Server 2016
Hyper-V clustering
Hyper-V Replica
Shielded virtual machines
Host Guardian Services (for Virtual Machines)
Windows Containers
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
Storage Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows Server 2016
Shared VHDX
Storage Quality of Service (QoS)
Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica
Enhanced Clusters (Site Aware Clusters, Rolling OS upgrades)
Management & Automation Windows Server 2012 Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows Server 2016
Multi-server management
Windows PowerShell Enhancements

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Windows Server 2016 Editions Windows Storage Server 2016 Editions
Windows Server 2016 Essentials Windows Server 2016 Standard Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Windows Storage Server 2016 Workgroup Windows Storage Server 2016 Standard
Small companies with basic IT needs purchasing a first server; likely small or no dedicated IT department SMBs that need advanced features, support for distributed office locations, and require a flexible way to virtualize their environment Companies of all sizes that have demanding IT workloads, require advanced storage, virtualization and application deployment For OEM NAS appliances For OEM NAS appliances
25 users / 50 devices
No server CALs required
Unlimited, based on CALs Unlimited, based on CALs 1 Procs 2 Procs
1 physical or virtual1 2 VMs Unlimited VMs 32GB RAM 12TB RAM
Must be root of domain 2 Hyper-V containers2 Unlimited Hyper-V containers 250 SMB links Unlimited SMB links
Unlimited Windows Server containers Unlimited Windows Server containers Max Users: 50 Unlimited Users
Storage features including: Storage Replica & Storage Spaces Direct Disk number: 6 Disk number: Unlimited
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Shielded VMs and Host Guardian Service

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