Windows Server Review

The improvements in live migrations have been a plus in availability


What is most valuable?

Hyper-V and the updated PowerShell are among the best features that I have taken advantage of.

How has it helped my organization?

I have been able to support more VMs on Windows 2016 than on 2012 R2, using the same hardware. Additionally, the improvements in live migrations have been a plus in availability.

We plan to take advantage of the improved storage replication functionality in Q1 2018.

What needs improvement?

Some of the elements of the Windows Server UI from 2012 R2 are better than what is found in 2016, especially the patch management. While it is nice to have the configuration options more centralized than in earlier versions of Windows, the patch/update options in Windows Server 2016 are less flexible than those of earlier versions Windows, and downloads (from Microsoft Update or WSUS) can be more finicky.

For how long have I used the solution?

One year.

What was my experience with deployment of the solution?

None.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

No. The stability has been stellar.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

So far, scalability has not been a problem.

How is customer service and technical support?

Customer Service:

We have not needed to use Microsoft support, but have utilized online forums for support. (We do have Microsoft support available.)

Technical Support:

We have not needed to use Microsoft support, but have utilized online forums for support. (We do have Microsoft support available.)

Which solutions did we use previously?

Not applicable.

How was the initial setup?

Very straightforward deployment.

What about the implementation team?

In-house.

What was our ROI?

ROI was not calculated for this project.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Pay close attention to the licensing, as there is a focus on core licensing under Windows 2016.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

None.

What other advice do I have?

Windows 2016 continues the trend of solid, stable, high-performing Windows Server products from Microsoft.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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