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Comparison of Standard and Datacenter editions of Windows Server 2016

Jaime Ondrusek|Last Updated: 1/5/2017

Applies To: Windows Server 2016

Locks and Limits

Locks and LimitsWindows Server 2016 StandardWindows Server 2016 Datacenter
Maximum number of usersBased on CALsBased on CALs
Maximum SMB connections1677721616777216
Maximum RRAS connectionsunlimitedunlimited
Maximum IAS connections21474836472147483647
Maximum RDS connections6553565535
Maximum number of 64-bit sockets6464
Maximum number of coresunlimitedunlimited
Maximum RAM24 TB24 TB
Can be used as virtualization guestYes; 2 virtual machines, plus one Hyper-V host per licenseYes; unlimited virtual machines, plus one Hyper-V host per license
Server can join a domainyesyes
Edge network protection/firewallnono
DirectAccessyesyes
DLNA codecs and web media streamingYes, if installed as Server with Desktop ExperienceYes, if installed as Server with Desktop Experience

Server roles

Windows Server roles availableRole servicesWindows Server 2016 StandardWindows Server 2016 Datacenter
Active Directory Certificate ServicesYesYes
Active Directory Domain ServicesYesYes
Active Directory Federation ServicesYesYes
AD Lightweight Directory ServicesYesYes
AD Rights Management ServicesYesYes
Device Health AttestationYesYes
DHCP ServerYesYes
DNS ServerYesYes
Fax ServerYesYes
File and Storage ServicesFile ServerYesYes
File and Storage ServicesBranchCache for Network FilesYesYes
File and Storage ServicesData DeduplicationYesYes
File and Storage ServicesDFS NamespacesYesYes
File and Storage ServicesDFS ReplicationYesYes
File and Storage ServicesFile Server Resource ManagerYesYes
File and Storage ServicesFile Server VSS Agent ServiceYesYes
File and Storage ServicesiSCSI Target ServerYesYes
File and Storage ServicesiSCSI Target Storage ProviderYesYes
File and Storage ServicesServer for NFSYesYes
File and Storage ServicesWork FoldersYesYes
File and Storage ServicesStorage ServicesYesYes
Host Guardian ServiceYesYes
Hyper-VYesYes; including Shielded Virtual Machines
MultiPoint ServicesYesYes
Network ControllerNoYes
Network Policy and Access ServicesYes, when installed as Server with Desktop ExperienceYes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
Print and Document ServicesYesYes
Remote AccessYesYes
Remote Desktop ServicesYesYes
Volume Activation ServicesYesYes
Web Services (IIS)YesYes
Windows Deployment ServicesYes, when installed as Server with Desktop ExperienceYes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
Windows Server Essentials ExperienceYesYes
Windows Server Update ServicesYesYes

Features

Windows Server Features installable with Server Manager (or PowerShell)Windows Server 2016 StandardWindows Server 2016 Datacenter
.NET Framework 3.5YesYes
.NET Framework 4.6YesYes
Background Intelligent Transfer Service (BITS)YesYes
BitLocker Drive EncryptionYesYes
BitLocker Network UnlockYes, when installed as Server with Desktop ExperienceYes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
BranchCacheYesYes
Client for NFSYesYes
ContainersYes (Windows containers unlimited; Hyper-V containers up to 2)Yes (all container types unlimited)
Data Center BridgingYesYes
Direct PlayYes, when installed as Server with Desktop ExperienceYes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
Enhanced StorageYesYes
Failover ClusteringYesYes
Group Policy ManagementYesYes
Host Guardian Hyper-V SupportNoYes
I/O Quality of ServiceYesYes
IIS Hostable Web CoreYesYes
Internet Printing ClientYes, when installed as Server with Desktop ExperienceYes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
IPAM ServerYesYes
iSNS Server serviceYesYes
LPR Port MonitorYes, when installed as Server with Desktop ExperienceYes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
Management OData IIS ExtensionYesYes
Media FoundationYesYes
Message QueueingYesYes
Multipath I/OYesYes
MultiPoint ConnectorYesYes
Network Load BalancingYesYes
Peer Name Resolution ProtocolYesYes
Quality Windows Audio Video ExperienceYesYes
RAS Connection Manager Administration KitYes, when installed as Server with Desktop ExperienceYes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
Remote AssistanceYes, when installed as Server with Desktop ExperienceYes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
Remote Differential CompressionYesYes
RSATYesYes
RPC over HTTP ProxyYesYes
Setup and Boot Event CollectionYesYes
Simple TCP/IP ServicesYes, when installed as Server with Desktop ExperienceYes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
SMB 1.0/CIFS File Sharing SupportInstalledInstalled
SMB Bandwidth LimitYesYes
SMTP ServerYesYes
SNMP ServiceYesYes
Software Load BalancerYesYes
Storage ReplicaNoYes
Telnet ClientYesYes
TFTP ClientYes, when installed as Server with Desktop ExperienceYes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
VM Shielding Tools for Fabric ManagementYesYes
WebDAV RedirectorYesYes
Windows Biometric FrameworkYes, when installed as Server with Desktop ExperienceYes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
Windows Defender featuresInstalledInstalled
Windows Identity Foundation 3.5Yes, when installed as Server with Desktop ExperienceYes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
Windows Internal DatabaseYesYes
Windows PowerShellInstalledInstalled
Windows Process Activation ServiceYesYes
Windows Search ServiceYes, when installed as Server with Desktop ExperienceYes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
Windows Server BackupYesYes
Windows Server Migration ToolsYesYes
Windows Standards-Based Storage ManagementYesYes
Windows TIFF IFilterYes, when installed as Server with Desktop ExperienceYes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
WinRM IIS ExtensionYesYes
WINS ServerYesYes
Wireless LAN ServiceYesYes
WoW64 supportInstalledInstalled
XPS ViewerYes, when installed as Server with Desktop ExperienceYes, when installed as Server with Desktop Experience
Features available generallyWindows Server 2016 StandardWindows Server 2016 Datacenter
Best Practices AnalyzerYesYes
Direct AccessYesYes
Dynamic Memory (in virtualization)YesYes
Hot Add/Replace RAMYesYes
Microsoft Management ConsoleYesYes
Minimal Server InterfaceYesYes
Network Load BalancingYesYes
Windows PowerShellYesYes
Server Core installation optionYesYes
Nano Server installation optionYesYes
Server ManagerYesYes
SMB Direct and SMB over RDMAYesYes
Software-defined NetworkingNoYes
Storage Management ServiceYesYes
Storage SpacesYesYes
Storage Spaces DirectNoYes
Volume Activation ServicesYesYes
VSS (Volume Shadow Copy Service) integrationYesYes
Windows Server Update ServicesYesYes
Windows System Resource ManagerYesYes
Server license loggingYesYes
Inherited activationAs guest if hosted on DatacenterCan be host or guest
Work foldersYesYes
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