Thursday, November 03, 2016

Windows Server 2016 Editions

Windows Server Comparison—Windows Server 2016 | Microsoft

Windows Server 2016 Licensing & Pricing | Microsoft

  • "Datacenter** : Highly virtualized and software-defined datacenter environmentsCore-based : Windows Server CAL: $6,155
  • Standard**: Low density or non-virtualized environments Core-based: Windows Server CAL: $882
  • EssentialsSmall businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices Processor-based: No CAL required: $501

*CALs are required for every user or device accessing a server. See the Product Use Rights for details. **Datacenter and Standard edition pricing is for 16 core licenses."

There is one more edition available:
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016 (free)
"Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016 is a stand-alone product that contains only the Windows hypervisor, a Windows Server driver model, and virtualization components. It provides a simple and reliable virtualization solution to help you improve your server utilization and reduce costs.
The Windows hypervisor technology in Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016 is the same as what's in the Hyper-V role on Windows Server 2016. So, much of the content available for the Hyper-V role on Windows Server 2016 also applies to Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016.
...Hyper-V Server doesn't have a graphical user interface (GUI)."

Technet Evaluation Center (180 day eval)

Install files larger than 4 GB (5.3 GB) have problem downloading from Chrome and IE,
but Firefox was able to download them. For files this large it is useful to verify checksum.

Download Microsoft File Checksum Integrity Verifier from Official Microsoft Download Center

You can verify file checksum using PowerShell cmdlet:  Get-FileHash
This is included with PowerShell 4 and newer;
On Windows 7 that require upgrade
Download Windows Management Framework 5.0 from Official Microsoft Download Center

A dedicated download tool would be helpful:
Akamai Download Manager Help for MSDN Subscriptions

Windows Server 2016 - What is the difference between Standard And Datacenter Edition - ESX Virtualization

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