Compare features in Windows Server versions

View the security, infrastructure, and application workload features of Windows Server 2016 as compared to previous versions.

 
Performance and scalabilityWindows Server 2012/2012 R2 Standard and DatacenterWindows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter

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 descriptionWindows Server 2008 R2Windows Server 2012 R2Windows Server 2016

Shielded Virtual Machines

Not supported Not supported Fully supported

Just Enough Administration

Fully supported Fully supported Fully supported

Just-in-Time Administration

Limited support Fully supported Fully supported

Credential Guard

Not supported Not supported Fully supported

Remote Credential Guard

Not supported Not supported Fully supported

Device Guard

Not supported Not supported Fully supported

AppLocker

Limited support Fully supported Fully supported

Windows Defender

Limited support Limited support Fully supported

Control Flow Guard

Not supported Not supported Fully supported

Enhanced threat detection

Not supported Limited support Fully supported

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

Software-defined datacenter: compute, networking, and storage

Feature descriptionWindows Server 2008 R2Windows Server 2012 R2Windows Server 2016

Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade

Not supported Not supported Fully supported

Linux and FreeBSD workloads

Limited support Limited support Fully supported

Hot add and remove for disk, memory, and network

Not supported Limited support Fully supported

Network Controller

Not supported Not supported Fully supported

Microsegmentation

Not supported Not supported Fully supported

Software Load Balancer

Not supported Limited support Fully supported

Storage Spaces Direct

Not supported Not supported Fully supported

Storage Quality of Service

Not supported Limited support Fully supported

Data deduplication

Not supported Limited support Fully supported

Storage Replica

Not supported Not supported Fully supported

Storage health monitoring

Not supported Not supported Fully supported

RDS RemoteFX vGPU

Not supported Limited support Fully supported

Server management tools

Limited support Limited support Fully supported

Nano Server installation option

Not supported Not supported Fully supported

VM Load Balancing

Not supported Limited support Fully supported

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

Cloud-ready application platform

Feature descriptionWindows Server 2008 R2Windows Server 2012 R2Windows Server 2016

Windows Server containers

Not supported Not supported Fully supported

Hyper-V containers

Not supported Not supported Fully supported

Windows PowerShell Desired State Configuration

Fully supported Fully supported Fully supported

Windows PowerShell 5.1

Fully supported Fully supported Fully supported

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