Windows Server 2016 will launch in three versions: Datacenter, Standard, and Essentials. Included will be its headless server component, Nano Server.
The new version will come with multi-layer security built into the operating system as well as an optimized application platform. Servicing will not change, with five years of mainstream service support and another 5 years of extended support.
Nano Server customers will use the CBB servicing model which is similar to that of Windows 10.
Nano Server customers will use the CBB servicing model which is similar to that of Windows 10. Microsoft plans to release updates two or three times a year that will require manual installation.
Datacenter is the biggest of the three plans, delivering unlimited virtualization as well as Shielded Virtual Machines, software-defined storage, and software-defined networking.
Standard will still offer virtualization but on a limited basis while Essentials will be limited further; it is designed for organizations with less than fifty users.
Microsoft list three installation options for the Datacenter and Standard editions in their blog post:
Server with Desktop Experience: The Server with Desktop Experience installation option (previously known as Server with a GUI) provides an ideal user experience for those who need to run an app that requires local UI or for Remote Desktop Services Host. This option has the full Windows client shell and experience, consistent with Windows 10 Anniversary edition Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB), with the server Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and Server Manager tools available locally on the server.
Server Core: The Server Core installation option removes the client UI from the server, providing an installation that runs the majority of the roles and features on a lighter install. Server Core does not include MMC or Server Manager, which can be used remotely, but does include limited local graphical tools such as Task Manager as well as PowerShell for local or remote management.
Nano Server: The Nano Server installation option provides an ideal lightweight operating system to run “cloud-native” applications based on containers and micro-services. It can also be used to run an agile and cost-effective datacenter with a dramatically smaller OS footprint. Because it is a headless installation of the server operating system, management is done remotely via Core PowerShell, the web-based Server Management Tools (SMT), or existing remote management tools such as MMC.
The Ignite mega event will run from the 26th-30th of September in Atlana. Like last year, close to 30,000 people are expected to attend.
Microsoft uses to the event to showcase newly released software that professionals may have to work with in the coming years. Over 440 sessions are planned, along side Interactive Digital Labs and access to product experts.
Student and Academic Faculty Discount tickets are currently sold out, but if you still want to attend the full conference pass is still available.
If you would like to test Windows Server 2016 before then the latest technical preview can be downloaded here.