Microsoft Windows Server

Windows Server 2016 is the latest Server Operating System launched by Microsoft.

Windows Server 2016 will come up in the following editions:

Windows Server 2016 Datacenter – for highly virtualized datacenter and cloud environments. Includes new datacenter functionality including shielded virtual machines, software-defined networking, storage spaces direct and storage replica.

Windows Server 2016 Standard – for physical or minimally virtualized environments.

Windows Server 2016 Essentials – for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices. No Cals required.

Windows Server 2016 Licensing Model

The business model for Standard and Datacenter editions transitioned from processor-based to core-based licensing. The Windows Server 2016 licensing model includes both Cores + Client Access Licenses (CALs). Each user and/or device accessing a licensed Windows Server Standard, Datacenter, or Multipoint edition requires a Windows Server CAL or Windows Server and Remote Desktop Services CAL. A Windows Server CAL gives a user or device the right to access any edition of Windows Server of the same or earlier version. Each Window Server CAL allows access to multiple licenses of Windows Server.

Core-based licensing requires all physical cores in the server to be licensed. Servers are licensed based on the number of processor cores in the physical server.

• A minimum of 8 core licenses is required for each physical processor and a minimum of 16 core licenses is required for each server.

• Core licenses are sold in packs of two.

• Standard Edition provides rights for up to 2 Operating System Environments or Hyper-V containers when all physical cores in the server are licensed. For each additional 1 or 2 VMs, all the physical cores in the server must be licensed again.

The price of a set of 16 core licenses (in a 2-processor server) for Windows Server 2016 Datacenter and Standard editions is the approximately the same price as the 2-processor license of the corresponding edition of Windows Server 2012 R2.

Following are new and enhanced features in Windows Server 2016 Essentials.+

What it does: When a virtual machine that is protected fails, or the host server that the protected virtual machine runs on fails, failing-over with Azure Site Recovery Services maintains business continuity until the on premises virtual machine or host server is repaired and available.

How it works: Azure Site Recovery Services, offered in Microsoft Azure, enables real-time replication of your virtual machines (VM) to a backup vault in Azure. In the event that your server or site goes down due to a hardware or other failure, you can fail-over with Azure Site Recovery Services so that the VM image stored in your backup vault will be provisioned as a running VM in Azure. Combined with an Azure Virtual network, client PCs that previously connected to the on-premises server will transparently connect to the server running in Azure.

What it does: As organizations make their way to cloud computing, they rarely move all of their resources at one time. Rather, they move some resources to the cloud and keep some on premises. That way, it's easy to move an organization to the cloud in stages over time. Azure virtual Network integration provides the network infrastructure that makes that process seamless and manageable.

How it works: Azure Virtual networking is a service offered in Microsoft Azure that enables organizations to create a point-to-point (P2P) or site-to-site (S2S) virtual private network that makes the resources that are running in Azure (such as virtual machines and storage) look as though they are on the local network for seamless application and resource access.

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