Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 have been made available to everyone. The platforms were moved to release-to-manufacturing (RTM) yesterday. Microsoft first announced the GA for Windows Server 2016 at its Ignite conference a few weeks back.
The RTM of Windows Server 2016 has been released to MSDN as an Azure image. It is also available through the Volume Licensing Service Center. Microsoft will be unveiling a number of Windows Server 2016 editions during this year.
Windows Server 2016 Datacenter will be followed by Standard, Essentials, Storage Server, Hyper-V Server, and Multipoint Premium Server editions. The Datacenter addition helps create “highly visualized datacenter and cloud environments.”
Preview users have been testing Windows Server 2016 for many months. It has been in Technical Preview for most of this year. The headless server component, Nano Server is also included on the platform. Microsoft describes the service in its announcement:
“Windows Server 2016 is the cloud-ready operating system that supports your current workloads while introducing new technologies that make it easy to transition to cloud computing when you are ready. It delivers powerful new layers of security along with Azure-inspired innovation for the applications and infrastructure that power your business.”
Features and Docker
The latest edition of Windows Server will have multi-layer security built into the operating system. As for Nano Server, Microsoft recently said customers will need Windows Volume License Agreement with Software Assurance.
At Ignite 2016, Microsoft discussed a collaboration with Docker Inc. in relation with Windows Server. The Commercially Supported Docker Engine is integrated into Windows Server 2016. This means users can run any Docker service as native on Server. Microsoft added that this integration will come at no extra cost to customers.