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Windows Server 2016 2 offers all the requirements to fully meet the demands of large organizations and enterprises for a high level of virtualization in terms of the used and the provided; it is the version of 10. The 16 package forms the basis for the licensing with the edition. Datacenter Core Server Services Server Windows Core Server Datacenter

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Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter 2-Core

Windows Server 2016 Datacenter offers all the requirements to fully meet the demands of large organizations and enterprises for a high degree of virtualization in terms of the servers deployed and the services provided; it is the server version of Windows 10, with the 2-Core Package forming the basis for server licensing with the Datacenter Edition.

The most important facts about Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter in brief

With Windows Server 2016 Datacenter, companies receive a reliable server operating system with many powerful technologies and functions that support the virtualization of applications. Compared to its predecessor, this Datacenter edition offers many enhancements and optimizations, but most importantly, many new exclusive features that also ensure better security of network infrastructures through increased stability, as well as optimized protection against failures, etc. Due to the familiar interface from Windows 10, the use of Windows Server 2016 Datacenter is almost intuitive.

What does Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition offer?

A key decision criterion for purchasing Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition is the ever-increasing need for virtualization to develop and operate complex hyper-converged infrastructures. To this end, this Datacenter Edition provides many exclusive features that can benefit organizations with many virtual systems and high demands in terms of IT alongside large workloads. These include Storage Spaces Direct (S2D) as well as Storage Replica, Shielded Virtual Machines (Shielded VM), Software Defined Networking (SDN) as well as the new network stack (Protocol Stack), which are described in more detail below.

In Windows Server 2016 Datacenter, Microsoft Azure Services are also available for this purpose, which enable an even closer connection of local environments to the cloud with further practical functions.

Licensing of the Windows Server 2016 Datacenter edition with used software

With the release of the Windows Server 2016 version, licensing of the Datacenter Edition is only core-based: A minimum number of 16 cores is assumed for each server, and additional cores can also be licensed supplementally with the corresponding 2-core packages - more details below.

Wiresoft offers this 16-core package for Windows Server 2016 Datacenter as used software. Compared to new software, buyers benefit above all from its lower price - without restrictions in the range of functions, e.g. in the use of VMs or performance - and this older server version is usually no longer offered new. Detailed information on the feature set of Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition as well as the exact licensing terms can be found in the overview below.

Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition - all benefits and exclusive features

With Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition, large enterprises that develop and deploy highly virtualized environments or hyper-converged infrastructures get a powerful server software that meets all requirements. The integrated features and functions use innovative Microsoft technologies to provide stable and reliable applications.

The Datacenter Edition is not only convincing in the network area, but also offers many advantages in the security and storage of data. As a result, it has the necessary flexibility to adapt the more complex IT infrastructures in companies to the current and future business requirements of the digital age. As part of this, it enables the deployment of more cost-effective virtual storage, web and application platforms, and software-defined networking (SDN), complemented by improvements in server management and automation, and data security and access.

In Windows Server 2016 Datacenter, many exclusive features support this building of resilient network fabrics that can better withstand greater loads and disruptions, including: Shielded Virtual Machines, Storage Spaces Direct and Software Defined Networking (SDN) as well as Storage Replica and a new network stack (Protocol Stack), complemented by innovations for failover clustering in Hyper-V, which are presented here.

Shielded Virtual Machines (Shielded VMs)

Shielded Virtual Machines provide a high level of protection in networks against the theft or misuse of critical data used in mission-critical applications when outsourced to a public cloud, for example. Shielded VMs do this by using a Guarded Fabric composed of Host Guardian Service (HGS) and Guarded Hosts.

Software Defined Networking (SDN)

Software Defined Networking allows both physical (e.g. routers, switches) and virtual network devices (e.g. gateways) to be centrally configured and dynamically managed. SDN can also be used to secure networks and accelerate workload delivery, and Software Defined Networking can be used to define and scale policies to control both physical and virtual networks.

Storage Spaces Direct (S2D)

S2D or Storage Spaces Direct enables data storage located on different local Windows servers to be combined into a virtual storage cluster. S2D facilitates both the creation and management of scalable, highly available software-defined storage systems.

Storage Replica

Complementing S2D, Storage Replica in Windows Server 2016 Datacenter is used to minimize downtime with disaster preparedness while virtually eliminating data loss at the file system level. Storage Replica supports both synchronous replication, where data is mirrored to physical locations with fail-safe volumes, and asynchronous replication, where data is mirrored between locations across regional areas using higher-latency network links.

Additional security features

With the new security layers available in Windows Server 2016, threats to IT structures in a company are identified even better, and appropriate countermeasures are initiated promptly. Virtual machine protection has also been enhanced, including optimized access control and integration of multiple layers of protection, reducing security risk.

Enhanced security in the Datacenter Server edition is also provided by the Microsoft Zero Trust approach by separating the host from the virtual machine, with resources used in shared environments protected by shielded virtual machines. The Microsoft Host Guardian service identifies trusted hosts and, via Just in Time and Just Enough management, rules can also be defined to limit administrator access.

Other Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition features include

For the virtualization of applications, Windows Server 2016 Datacenter offers even more options for their deployment compared to the previous version through the better integration of containers. These are supplemented by further features such as Nano Server and Azure Services, which are also described briefly.

In addition, the use of Windows Server 2016 Datacenter as a data center for the management of IT infrastructures is optimized, among other things, by new available server roles as well as additional options for the assignment of user rights. Windows Server 2016 Dat acenter can also be launched in the reduced core application to improve performance on older hardware by not displaying the graphical desktop interface.

Virtualization capabilities with Hyper-V

The Datacenter edition of Windows Server 2016 includes virtualization rights for unlimited virtual machines and Hyper-V containers. Storage features available with Hyper-V include iSCSI initiator to use the SCSI protocol over an IP network, the aforementioned Storage Spaces Direct, multipath I/O (MPIO) for increased resiliency through better load balancing, and VM Storage Resiliency to improve the availability of Hyper-V clusters by increasing the failure tolerance of storage systems.

Windows Server container support under Docker

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 supports Windows Server containers, or Hyper-V containers based on the open source Docker software, making it easier to deploy server and cloud applications via container virtualization, including simpler deployment.

Nano Server in Windows Server 2016

Nano Server is a remotely managed server operating system that enables the creation of much leaner servers, as the use of a virtual engine can save up to 90% storage space in an enterprise server structure. Nano Server is optimized for Windows Server Containers or Docker, and can therefore be configured to host Docker containers - in addition to being used for traditional server services such as file servers.

Using Microsoft Azure Services with Windows Server 2016 Datacenter

In Windows Server 2016 release provides an even tighter connection between operating system and Microsoft Azure cloud services to link distributed data centers even more efficiently and reliably into high-performance, high-availability servers and clusters. The big advantage of Azure is the provision of a homogeneous hybrid infrastructure - including security features and management.

Overview of other Microsoft server applications and components that are usable with Windows Server 2016 Datacenter

The following overview provides a selection of server applications and components available with Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition; these can be installed using Server Manager or PowerShell.

Applications, including:

  • Microsoft SQL Server: Version 2016, 2014 through 2012
  • Microsoft System Center: Virtual Machine Manager 2016, Data Protection Manager 2016, Operations Manager 2016
  • Configuration Manager (1606)
  • SharePoint Server 2016
  • Exchange Server 2016
  • Project Server 2016
  • Host Integration Server 2016
  • Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2017
  • Skype for Business Server 2015 as well as
  • BizTalk Server 2016

Selection of supported components:

  • .NET Framework 4.6 and 3.5
  • PowerShell
  • BitLocker drive encryption as well as network unlocking
  • BranchCache
  • Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)
  • Client for NFS (Network File System)
  • Failover cluster
  • Group Policy Management

Minimum software and hardware requirements for installing and operating Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition

To ensure the smooth operation of Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition, the hardware used must meet the minimum requirements listed below. Additional requirements depend on the system configuration or other installed applications.

  • Hard disk space: 32 GB
  • Working memory (RAM): 512 MB
  • Installation with desktop display: 2 GB
  • System partition: 32 GB
  • Processor: 64 bit
  • Processor speed: 1.4 GHz
  • Graphics card: 1,024 x 768 pixels, Super VGA
  • Network card: 1 Ethernet adapter with minimum throughput in the Gigabit range 1x

Server licensing with a Windows Server 2016 Datacenter 16-Core Package

When licensing a server with used Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition software, the usual prescribed Microsoft licensing requirements must be followed. At least one 16-core package is required for each base server licensing, and the guidelines listed below must be followed.

Provisions of the Microsoft License Guide for the licensing of Windows Server 2016

With the release of Windows Server 2016, Microsoft has also updated its licensing model from the ground up. Now the licensing of a server with the Datacenter Edition is based on the number of cores of the physical hardware used. The following provisions apply:

  • A single server license covers 2 physical processor cores.
  • A minimum number of 8 cores per processor is always applied - even if the existing hardware has less than 8 cores.
  • The minimum number of processors per physical server is 2.
  • Consequently, there is always a minimum number of 16 cores, which are licensed with a corresponding 16-core package.
  • If a server has more than 16 cores, these can be additionally licensed with 2-core packages.
  • In addition, it is necessary that each client - regardless of whether it is a user or an end device - is also equipped with a valid client access license (CAL) for access to the Windows Server 2016 Datacenter. User and Device CALs for Windows Server 2016 are also available from Wiresoft as pre-owned software.

In addition, Windows Server version 2016 includes a downgrade right for the use of corresponding older Windows Server versions.

Usage rights of Windows Server 2016 Datacenter in a virtual operating system environment

In the Datacenter Edition of Windows Server 2016 Instances, 1 running instance can be operated in a physical operating system environment - whereas there is an unlimited number of instances in a virtual operating system environment.

Provided that all physical cores of a server have been licensed, the Datacenter Edition of Windows Server 2016 includes unlimited virtualization rights: the licensed server may therefore run any number of operating system environments and any number of Hyper-V containers.

FAQs about Wiresoft used software Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition as

Generally speaking, unlike hardware, software does not wear out, and with Used Software from Wiresoft you can be sure that it offers the same functionalities and also rights as a new server license. Therefore, server cores can be licensed with a used 16-core package of Windows Server 2016 Datacenter in the same way as with a new one. Answers to all other common questions regarding the features and usage rights of used Windows Server licenses can be found here:

Are there any legal issues when selling or buying as well as using a Microsoft used software like Windows Server 2016 16-Core Package?

At Used Software Wiresoft you as a customer can be sure that neither the purchase of a Windows Server 2016 Datacenter 16-Core Package nor its official use does not violate any valid laws. Current case law permits both the trade in Microsoft Used Software and its use if it originates from a company's license inventory, as is the case with Wiresoft Used Software. Various court rulings have also clearly confirmed this fact time and again.

Where does the used software for the Windows Server 2016 Datacenter 16-Core Package come from at Wiresoft?

The 16-Core Packages for Windows Server 2016 Datacenter offered at Wiresoft originate, as already explained above, from various companies that have usually purchased the software new themselves and have mostly actually used it, and later sold it to Wiresoft. Common reasons for the sale are the change to a newer software version or the use of a server hardware with fewer cores, so that there are surplus server licenses as a result. 16-core packages are always offered as used software in the Wiresoft Shop, even if they are unused and can be used like a new license.

Is there buyer assurance with Windows Server 2016 Datacenter used software?

The Windows Server 2016 Datacenter 16-Core Package or any other Wiresoft used software offers you as a customer the usual buyer security - on the one hand by immediate download of the software package after the completed payment process and on the other hand by immediate license activation with the valid license key - just like with new software.

Does Used Software from Wiresoft have another advantage?

Yes, and there are several: First of all, Wiresoft customers benefit from the lower price when purchasing used software; this allows companies or organizations to either supplement or update their software inventory more economically than with new software. On the other hand, older Microsoft Server programs are hardly ever offered new, or not at all, which becomes a problem when supplementary licensing is required to avoid upgrades. Used software from Wiresoft can thus also contribute to lowering operating costs, as it also offers audit security due to the complete record of all buyers!

In the Wiresoft Software Shop you will therefore not only find the 16-core package of the Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition, but also the 16-core package for other editions as well as newer Windows Server versions, as well as 2-core packages for the basic licensing of your Windows Server. If you want to use the latest Microsoft technologies for virtualization, then you can go for the higher Windows Server 2019 Datacenter Edition, which is also available used at Wiresoft. In addition, you will also find the absolutely necessary client access licenses (CALs) in our used software portfolio - in addition to many other Microsoft programs - with all the Wiresoft benefits mentioned. If you have any questions regarding your correct licensing of Windows Server 2016 Datacenter with 16-Core Packages, simply use our competent advice in the chat or by e-mail or telephone.

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