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The edition Windows Server 2016 Standard offers just smaller enterprises, which operate virtualized environments only to a small degree and/or use predominantly physical Server, a modern, efficient Server-operating system, which is also Cloud-fähig and thus their requirements fully enough. Compared to its predecessor, this edition offers many new features, including support for switching to a Cloud-based environment, as well as many features that ensure greater stability and security of the infrastructure - through improved protection against network and storage failures.

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Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard 16-Core

The Windows Server 2016 Standard edition offers a modern, powerful server operating system that is also cloud-capable and thus fully meets their requirements, especially for smaller companies that only operate virtualized environments to a limited extent or mainly use physical servers. Compared to the previous version, this edition offers many new features, including support for moving to a cloud-based environment, as well as many features that ensure greater stability and security of the infrastructure - through improved protection against network and storage failures.

Thanks to the familiar Windows 10 interface, Windows Server 2016 Standard can be managed almost intuitively. Windows Server 2016 Standard thus offers all the prerequisites to create complex networks, or to use the server software for a data center in a company to manage IT infrastructures, while improving the security of data through various enhancements.

The decision to purchase the Standard Edition of Windows Server 2016 is mainly determined by the need for the available features or capabilities for virtualization of services. For this purpose, this already provides many important functions for smaller companies to develop and operate stable hyper-convergent infrastructures. For the closer connection of local environments with the cloud, Microsoft Azure Services also offer some practical functions here.

With the Windows Server 2016 version, the licensing of the standard edition is also exclusively core-based: Per server, 16 cores are always taken as the minimum number, so that the 16-core package can already be sufficient as a basis to license this conveniently and flexibly.

You can obtain the 16-core package of Windows Server 2016 Standard from Wiresoft as used software. In addition to the great advantage of its lower price compared to new software - if this version is still offered new as such at all - Used Software offers the same range of functions in terms of virtualization features as well as in terms of performance and comprehensive protection of data and applications. The following overview provides detailed information on the most important functions of Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition including the applicable licensing conditions.

What features does Windows Server 2016 Standard offer?

Compared to its predecessor, Windows Server 2016 Standard offers increased application execution speed, better cloud connectivity and, of course, a number of new features for virtualizing servers and services, thereby supporting the move to a cloud environment. With the Standard Edition, it is therefore possible to create complex networks characterized by greater stability, as well as greater protection of infrastructures. For the operation of a data center for the management of the IT infrastructure of companies, additional options are further available for the assignment of user rights as well as new server roles - through the improved protection in the event of network and storage failures, a more secure and efficient management of the entire server system is possible.

There is also the option to run Windows Server 2016 in the simpler Core application - without a graphical desktop interface - which significantly improves performance when running on older hardware. Other features of the standard version, which particularly affect the virtualization options, are explained below.

Support for Windows Server containers under Docker

Microsoft now provides Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V containers based on the open source Docker project in this server version. Among other things, these enable the virtualization of server and cloud applications by making all required components available via the container host. This simplifies the deployment of applications, for example.

Nano Server in Windows Server 2016

With Nano Server, companies can now create much leaner servers, as a virtual engine saves about 90% storage space. This feature has been optimized for the new Windows Server containers or the Docker extension mentioned earlier. This allows, for example, a virtual Nano server to be created on the server and then configured to host Docker containers. Hyper-V clusters can also be created with Nano Servers. Nano Server can also be used for traditional server services, for example as a file server.

Hyper-V in Windows Server 2016 Standard

The standard edition of Windows Server 2016 offers virtualization rights for 2 virtual machines or 2 Hyper-V containers, with a maximum of 24 TB RAM. The Hyper-V features available in this edition offer higher scalability, which is crucial for public clouds, as well as some storage features, such as the iSCSI initiator and support for Storage Spaces (though not Storage Spaces Direct) to create a storage pool, as well as multipath I/O (MPIO) for higher

Resiliency or better load balancing between connections with failover and load balancing. VM Storage Resiliency also improves availability by increasing tolerance to storage system failures.

Microsoft server applications and components available on Windows Server 2016 Standard

Key server applications that can be installed and used on Windows Server 2016 Standard include:

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

In addition, the following components are also supported:

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

The Windows Server features are installable with Server Manager (or PowerShell).

NOT supported in the Standard Edition

  • Host monitoring support for Hyper-V
  • Storage replica
  • Software Defined Networking (SDN)

Also, the following components are not included in this edition:

  • Storage Spaces Direct
  • Storage Replica
  • Shielded Virtual Machines
  • New network stack (Protocol Stack)

Using Windows Server 2016 Standard with Microsoft Azure Services

With the Windows Server 2016 release, Microsoft is linking the operating system more closely with the Azure cloud service. This allows multiple, distributed data centers to be linked together even more reliably and efficiently - for high-availability, high-performance servers and clusters - with the Cloud Witness and RDS Connection Broker features, among others.

Here, Azure offers the advantage of an end-to-end hybrid infrastructure, with uniform functions for identities, security and administration.

Minimum software and hardware requirements for the installation and operation of Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition

To ensure secure operation of the Windows Server 2016 Standard edition, the hardware used must meet certain minimum requirements, as listed below. Other requirements depend on the system configuration or other installed applications.

  • Hard disk space: 32 GB
  • Memory (RAM): 512 MB (Server Core and Server Nano) or 2 GB for installation with desktop view
  • System partition: 32 GB
  • Processor: 64-bit
  • Processor speed: 1.4 GHz
  • Graphics card: 1,024 x 768 pixels, Super VGA support
  • Network card: 1 Ethernet adapter with a minimum throughput in the gigabit range 1x

Licensing with a Windows Server 2016 Standard 16-Core Package

The licensing of a server with used software like the Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition follows according to the valid Microsoft licensing regulations. Basically, at least a 16-core package is required for this purpose, as the following rules apply.

Basic Microsoft license terms for Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition

With the release of the Windows Server 2016 version, Microsoft has changed its licensing model. Thus, a server with the Standard Edition can basically only be licensed based on the physical hardware used in the process. The following provisions apply here:

  • A single server license always covers 2 physical processor cores.
  • Furthermore, a minimum number of 8 cores per processor is always taken as a basis - even if the hardware used actually has fewer than 8 cores.
  • In addition, 2 processors are assumed as the minimum number per physical server.
  • This results in a minimum number of 16 cores, which corresponds to a 16-core package.
  • In addition, a server with more than 16 cores can be licensed with 2-core packages for Windows Server 2016 Standard; these are also available from Wiresoft as used software.
  • In addition, all clients - each user or end device - that access Windows Server 2016 Standard must also be equipped with a client access license (CAL). These User and Device CALs for Windows Server 2016 are also available from Wiresoft at low prices as used software.

Further notes on the operation of Windows Server 2016 Standard

Windows Server 2016 instances can be operated either in a physical operating system environment (1 running instance ) or a virtual operating system environment (2 running instances).

To take advantage of all the new features in Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2016 can also be installed on a virtual machine on an existing host. However, some features work best on a physical Windows Server 2016 host running Hyper-V.

Used Software FAQs on Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition from Wiresoft

The 16-core package to Windows Server 2016 Standard is generally as usable as used software as a new 16-core package - if it is still offered at all. This does not only refer to the fact that a software generally does not wear out, but especially to the fact that Used Software from Wiresoft has the same functionalities as a corresponding new or unused server license. Further questions about used Windows server licenses are answered below.

Are the sale, purchase as well as the use of Used Software like Windows Server 2016 Standard Software allowed by law?

Yes: With used software from Wiresoft, you can be confident that you are not violating any relevant laws both when buying a used Windows Server 2016 Standard 16-core package and when using it regularly. This is because current case law not only permits trading in Microsoft used software, but also its use, as long as it originates from a company's license inventory. This has also been confirmed several times by various court rulings.

Where does used Windows Server 2016 Standard 16-Core software come from?

The Windows Server 2016 Standard 16-Core packages offered at Wiresoft come from companies that have usually previously purchased them new themselves, often actually used them and sold them to Wiresoft for various reasons (e.g. company-wide use of a newer version). These packages are therefore always offered in the Wiresoft Shop as used software, even though they can be used like a new license.

Does the buyer security also exist for Windows Server 2016 Standard?

Yes: No matter if it is the offered Windows Server 2016 Standard 16-Core Package or another edition, every Wiresoft used software offers you the same advantages as well as security as the purchase of a new server software. Therefore, you will have the usual buyer security through the instant download of the software package after completed payment process as well as also the instant license activation with a license key valid for it.

Does Wiresoft Used Software have any other advantages?

Yes: Customers who purchase Wiresoft Used Software benefit above all from its lower price, which offers the economic advantage that companies or individuals can supplement or update their software inventories more economically than by purchasing comparable new software. With Microsoft used software from Wiresoft, operating costs can therefore also be reduced, because it also offers audit security due to the complete verification of all buyers!

In the Wiresoft Software Shop you can find used not only the Windows Server 2016 Standard 16-Core Package, but also the 2-Core Package, with which you can flexibly extend the licensing of your Windows Server. And if you have a higher need for virtualization, for example, you can also get the Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition or the latest 2019 version of Windows Server. Our broad used software portfolio also includes the required client access licenses (CALs) as well as many other Microsoft programs - with all the Wiresoft benefits mentioned. If you have any questions about your correct licensing of Windows Server 2016 Standard, simply use our competent advice in chat or by e-mail or phone.

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