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Install options for Windows Server 2016

Install options for Windows Server 2016

Q. What are the installation options for Windows Server 2016?

A. Windows Server 2016 features two installation options and additionally a Nano deployment can be created using the media but is not an actual installation option. The two installation options are:

  • Windows Server - Server Core which is the core OS without local management tools or graphical interface. Administrated remotely using management tools and PowerShell
  • Windows Server (Server with Desktop Experience) - Install with local GUI, management tools and the Desktop Experience component giving the same experience as Windows client. Used when a local graphical experience is required and for Remote Desktop Services Host

This means the three options can be visualized as:

The big push for Windows Server 2016 is to use the Server Core (Windows Server) and Nano Server deployment options.

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