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There are no significant additional features for the Windows Server 2016. However, it is composed of significant upgrades and improvements from the old Windows Server versions. These include:
The Windows Server 2016 has released a new facility option which is the Nano Server. This allows frequent innovations while taking full advantage of the faster Cloud revolution. The Nano Server is known for its relatively smaller installation footprint of about 92 percent compared to the other Windows Server installation options.
Nano is subtle which makes it easily ported into servers, data centers, as well as physical sites. It also hosts the current Windows Server workloads as well as the Hyper-V host. Nano Server is designed to be managed remotely. However, it doesn’t include the minimal local management user interface which is the Nano Server Recovery Console.
The improved features in Identity for the Windows Server 2016 makes the Active Directory environments more secure. It provides a much better identity management experiences for both the personal and corporate devices.
The Active Directory Certificate Services has gained an increase in support for the TPM key attestation where the Smart Card KSP can now be used. NDES enrollment can also be made for devices that weren't joined to the domain.
In Windows Server 2016, the Active Directory Federation Services has new features that allow configurations. This happens when authenticating users that are stored in the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol directories.
The newest Web Application Proxy in Identity also has new features that allow both publishing and pre-authentication for more applications.
The Windows PowerShell 5.0 in the Windows Server 2016 has significant new features such as the support for the developing with the classes. It also has a new security feature that has an extended use and improved usability. This also supports easy control and management of Windows-based environments.
New additions also include locally running the PowerShell.exe on the Nano Server, Local Users and Groups cmdlets from the old GUI, PowerShell debugging support. The security logging and transcription is also supported.
Windows Server 2016 has improved features regarding networking that are made for IT professionals. The software-defined networking enables mirror and route traffic to the existing or new virtual appliances.
The Windows Server 2016 has enhanced security solutions to set up into the data centers and the cloud environment. The Just Enough Administration security technology allows delegated administration using the Windows PowerShell. It has supports for the running under a particular network identity. Copying files from or to JEA endpoints securely, PowerShell Direct connection, and PowerShell console configuration are also allowed.
Security additions for the Windows Server 2016 also include the Credential Guard, Remote Credential Guard, Device Guard or Code Identity, and Shielded Virtual Machines.
The storage system of the Windows Server 2016 is improved to provide a software-defined storage in addition to the traditional file servers.
New storage features include Storage Spaces Direct which allows building some highly available as well as scalable storage. The software-defined storage systems have a simplified setup and management. This can also unlock the use of the new classes of some disk devices like SATA SSD and the NVMe.
The following are the minimum system requirements needed when installing the Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition. These requirements also apply to the three different installation options.
Disk Space and Storage Controller Requirement:
Network Adapter Requirements:
Other System Requirements (for running certain features):
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