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Performance and scalability Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter
Performance and scalability Physical (host) memory support
Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter Up to 4 TB per physical server
Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter Up to 24 TB per physical server (6x)
Performance and scalability Physical (host) logical processor support
Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter Up to 320 LPs
Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter Up to 512 LPs
Performance and scalability Virtual machine memory support
Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter Up to 1 TB per virtual machine
Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter Up to 12 TB per virtual machine (12x)
Performance and scalability Virtual machine virtual processor support
Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter Up to 64 VPs per virtual machine
Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter Up to 240 VPs per virtual machine (3.75x)
Physical (host) memory support Up to 4 TB per physical server Up to 24 TB per physical server (6x)
Physical (host) logical processor support Up to 320 LPs Up to 512 LPs
Virtual machine memory support Up to 1 TB per virtual machine Up to 12 TB per virtual machine (12x)
Virtual machine virtual processor support Up to 64 VPs per virtual machine Up to 240 VPs per virtual machine (3.75x)


Security

Feature description Shielded Virtual Machines
Windows Server 2008 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Just Enough Administration
Windows Server 2008 R2 Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Just-in-Time Administration
Windows Server 2008 R2 Partially Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Credential Guard
Windows Server 2008 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Remote Credential Guard
Windows Server 2008 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Device Guard
Windows Server 2008 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description AppLocker
Windows Server 2008 R2 Partially Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Windows Defender
Windows Server 2008 R2 Partially Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Partially Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Control Flow Guard
Windows Server 2008 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Enhanced threat detection
Windows Server 2008 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Partially Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows Server 2016
Shielded Virtual Machines Not Included Not Included Included
Just Enough Administration Included Included Included
Just-in-Time Administration Partially Included Included Included
Credential Guard Not Included Not Included Included
Remote Credential Guard Not Included Not Included Included
Device Guard Not Included Not Included Included
Device Guard Partially Included Included Included
AppLocker Partially Included Included Included
Windows Defender Partially Included Partially Included Included
Control Flow Guard Not Included Not Included Included
Enhanced threat detection Not Included Partially Included Included

Not supported Not supported    Limited support Limited support    Fully supported Fully supported   



Software-defined datacenter: compute, networking, and storage

Feature description Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade
Windows Server 2008 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Linux and FreeBSD workloads
Windows Server 2008 R2 Partially Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Partially Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Hot add and remove for disk, memory, and network
Windows Server 2008 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Partially Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Network Controller
Windows Server 2008 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Microsegmentation
Windows Server 2008 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Software Load Balancer
Windows Server 2008 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Partially Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Storage Spaces Direct
Windows Server 2008 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Storage Quality of Service
Windows Server 2008 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Partially Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Data deduplication
Windows Server 2008 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Partially Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Storage Replica
Windows Server 2008 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Storage health monitoring
Windows Server 2008 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description RDS RemoteFX vGPU
Windows Server 2008 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Partially Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Server management tools
Windows Server 2008 R2 Partially Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Partially Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Nano Server installation option
Windows Server 2008 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description VM Load Balancing
Windows Server 2008 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Partially Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows Server 2016
Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade Not Included Not Included Included
Linux and FreeBSD workloads Partially Included Partially Included Included
Hot add and remove for disk, memory, and network Not Included Partially Included Included
Network Controller Not Included Not Included Included
Microsegmentation Not Included Not Included Included
Software Load Balancer Not Included Partially Included Included
Storage Spaces Direct Not Included Not Included Included
Storage Quality of Service Not Included Partially Included Included
Storage Replica Not Included Not Included Included
Storage health monitoring/td> Not Included Not Included Included
RDS RemoteFX vGPU Not Included Partially Included Included
Server management tools Partially Included Partially Included Included
Nano Server installation option Not Included Not Included Included
VM Load Balancing Not Included Partially Included Included

Not supported Not supported    Limited support Limited support    Fully supported Fully supported   



Cloud-ready application platform

Feature description Windows Server containers
Windows Server 2008 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Hyper-V containers
Windows Server 2008 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Not Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration
Windows Server 2008 R2 Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Windows PowerShell 5.1
Windows Server 2008 R2 Included
Windows Server 2012 R2 Included
Windows Server 2016 Included
Feature description Windows Server 2008 R2 Windows Server 2012 R2 Windows Server 2016
Windows Server containers Not Included Not Included Included
Hyper-V containers Not Included Not Included Included
Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration Included Included Included
Windows PowerShell 5.1 Included Included Included

Not supported Not supported    Limited support Limited support    Fully supported Fully supported   



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