As mentioned in Part 1, Windows Server 2016 Essentials, the small business version of Windows Server 2016 intended for organizations numbering up to 25 users and 50 devices, was released in the fall of 2016. Companies numbering up to 100 users and 200 devices may use Windows Server 2012 R2 with the Windows Server Essentials Experience role installed. Part 2 will cover the benefits of installing Windows Server 2016 Essentials for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
Windows Server 2016 Essentials gives SMEs a bridge to cloud services, giving them the best features of an on-premises server. Capable of accessing on-site storage and Essentials software, Essentials can also work with Office 365, Exchange, and Azure for off-premises backup that is secure.
Windows Defender is enabled and optimized with Windows Server 2016 Essentials, allowing smooth functioning for various server roles. Two additional improved security solutions are Control Flow, which prevents memory corruption vulnerabilities, and Credential Guard, which uses hardware virtualization to isolate privileged domain credentials.
Quite useful for SMEs that work with in-house developers, Windows Server Containers allows utilization with Docker. Moreover, Hyper-V container support is featured in the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.
Having Windows Server Essentials Experience run as a virtual machine in Azure will result in the benefits below:
An organization can set up its first server running Windows Server Essentials Experience within minutes.
Its approach is pay-as-you-go, so a company can adjust its usage as needed. Payment is only for what is used, and there won’t ever be a penalty for reconfigurations of a virtual machine.
A server running Windows Server Essentials Experience that has been deployed into a production environment of multiple zones will be supported by a service level agreement (SLA).
Windows Server Essentials Experience can be smoothly integrated with other cloud-based solutions.
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