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.