Windows Server 2016 Essentials is a server edition for small businesses, typically those with a maximum of 25 users and 50 devices.
This cloud-connected server edition is ideal for those who’re currently using the Windows server 2012 foundation edition. Since 2016 doesn’t have a foundation edition, this is the best choice.
Windows Server 2016 Essentials comes with many new features that greatly enhance the server capabilities for small businesses. Here’s a look at some of these new features.
Azure Site Recovery Services replicates your virtual machines in real time. This way, when your server or your protected virtual machine goes down, you can failover with Azure Site Recovery. Obviously, this gives you better business continuity until the server is repaired and available again.
When you’re migrating to the cloud, you tend to do it in small steps. Rarely, an organization migrates all its resources to the cloud in one go. Azure Virtual Network provides the network infrastructure to make the migration process seamless and manageable.
It comes as a part of Microsoft Azure and helps organizations create a point-to-point or site-to-site virtual network to access resources. This way, the resources running on Azure appear as though they’re running on the local computer for a seamless access.
Some small businesses need more functionality and capacity to deploy their applications. Windows Server 2016 Essentials supports such large deployments with multiple domains and domain controllers.
With these new features, Windows Server 2016 Essentials is sure to be a great addition to your business. Next, let’s see how you can install and configure this server.
Here is a step-by-step guide to installing Windows Server 2016 Essentials.
Before installing Windows Server 2016 Essentials, check if you have the following system requirements:
Besides system requirements, you also need the following components:
With all the system requirements in place, verify if your router is configured to suit Windows Server 2016 Essentials:
Once you have the pre-essentials ready, start the installation process. It’ll take anywhere around 30 minutes for the installation, though the exact time depends on the underlying hardware.
This process will complete the installation of Windows Server 2016 Essentials.
After you install, you can start configuring your server. It’ll take about approximately 30 minutes to complete this process.
With this, you’re all set to use your server.
Your dashboard looks like this.
You can now customize your server the way you want.
Overall, Windows Server 2016 Essentials is a great tool for small businesses as it is designed to suit a small number of users and devices. At the same, it supports large deployments to help the business to expand beyond their initial capacity. The easy installation, configuration, and usage also make it ideal for users of all technical knowledge.
Have you used Windows Server 2016 Essentials? Please share your experience with us in the comments section.
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