Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 is Now GA! #HappyBirthday #WS2016 #SysCtr

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Big day to Microsoft folks!

At Microsoft Ignite last month, the Windows Server team released Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 to the public. This is was the Retail version of Windows Server 2016 EVALUATION edition. Today, on October 12th, Microsoft released the GA version of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016. This another important milestone for Microsoft in delivering the most complete hybrid cloud solutions. GA is the RTM and final version of Windows Server 2016 including additional updates.


As soon as you install Windows Server 2016, there are two required updates to be installed immediately:

1. Update for Windows Server 2016 for x64-based Systems (KB3176936).

2. 9D Cumulative Update for Windows Server 2016 for x64-based Systems (KB3194798): October 11, 2016 – This update replaces the previously released update (KB3189866).


Microsoft also published Update Rollup 1 for System Center 2016. Here is a link to the master article with links to individual System Center components. Microsoft recommends that you install Update Rollup for a better System Center 2016 experience.

The GA version of Windows Server 2016 delivers powerful innovation across three areas:

Advanced Multi-layer Security: Block today’s sophisticated cyber attacks with features to control privileged access, shield virtual machines, virtual TPM, key storage drive and protect your infrastructure environment against emerging threats.

Software-defined Datacenter: Delivers new capabilities to help create a more flexible and cost-efficient datacenter using software-defined compute (Hyper-V), software-defined storage and software-defined networking technologies.

Cloud-ready Application Platform: Includes innovative features to help build and run your applications using Windows server containers and Hyper-V containers, in addition to the new lightweight Nano Server deployment option.

You can download the GA bits from your Volume License portal or from MSDN!


You can find the latest documentation for Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016.

What’s New in Windows Server 2016:

What’s New in System Center 2016:

Happy Testing!




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