Windows Server 2016 experences?

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  1. TheSmJ

    TheSmJ 2[H]4U

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    Next year we'll be moving all of our servers to VMWare hosts, and since we're still running Server 2008 I'm interested in upgrading the OS as well. At the moment I have some other enterprise software to test, and assuming it's supported I'd like to try it on Server 2016.

    Is anyone using Server 16 in a production environment? Any issues or concerns?
     
  2. B00nie

    B00nie [H]ardness Supreme

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    Doesn't it have a trial period if you're a glutton for punishment?
     
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  3. bigdogchris

    bigdogchris Wii was a Novelty

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    Based on history of the previous 3 generations (2003, 2008, 2012), I would wait until the next Windows Server LTSC comes out (probably early 2019). The second variant of the server OSes is always much better than the first version. Also, it always seems that applications flake out on newer server OSes.

    However, I understand that is probably longer of a wait than you would want. I have seen 2016 deployed successfully, especially if you are only using built in components and do not rely on 3rd party applications.
     
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  4. TheSmJ

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    Yup. But that's acceptable since this is running software that's also on a trial much shorter than the 180 days for Server 16.
     
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  5. THUMPer

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    Running 2016 standard in production.
    Very easy to use
    I have 1 VM setup.
    Runs great. Granted its just DNS, DHCP, and file hosting. No heavy lifting.
     
  6. MrGuvernment

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    Sorry, got to say you are wrong on almost all of that and are basing it on what? How is the other better than the first, in what ways?

    Server 2016 in production since it came out and no issues as of yet, 2012 and R2 were the same. Unless you need a specific feature, or some very very sensitive software you should be fine.
     
  7. bigdogchris

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    I'm wrong that the second version of the OS is better or I'm wrong that the second version of the OS is more compatible?

    The second version has more features, and the second version has been around longer thus has more compatible applications.
     
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    I tried putting 2016 on my spare 2011v3 rig. No matter what drivers I used it would not take them to even install the damn thing. Non server mobo though.
     
  9. ND40oz

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    What "second version" of 2016 are you waiting for though? Server 2016 wasn't released until it paralleled the 1607 build of Win 10, which is already the "third version" of the 10 code.

    OP, I have a few 2016 boxes running now as VMs in production, haven't had any issues with it so far. For home testing though, getting nic drivers to work with my Nuc D34010WYKH proved to be more of a challenge than I expected when I upgraded from 2012 R2, shouldn't have any issues like that with ESXi though.
     
  10. H2R2P2

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    Been using 2016 in a production environment since day 1 of release. Very heavy usage (Terminal Server, SQL Servers, 8 VM's) without issue.
     
  11. bigdogchris

    bigdogchris Wii was a Novelty

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    Covered what I mean by "second version" in my original post, chief. You may need to look up the definition of subtext.
     
  12. TheSmJ

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    Thanks for the responses everyone!
     
  13. ND40oz

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    And again, I'll ask, what "second version" are you waiting for? Server 2016 follows the Windows as a service model that Windows 10 uses. The Windows 10 update to 1607 is essentially the Windows 8 to 8.1 update, which in turn was the Server 2012 to 2012 R2 update.
     
  14. bigdogchris

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    There will be a second LTSC version in late 18 or early 19. That would be the second version of Windows Server 2016 R2/2018 or whatever they end up calling it at that time.

    I think you are just arguing semantics so I am going to be ending my participation in this thread to stop the food chain.
     
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  15. MrGuvernment

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    I think more you are just basing things on your own experience vs any large scale issues? 2nd version has more compatibility, can you be more specific with what didn't work in 2003 but worked in 2003 R2 and 2008 /R2 and 2012/R2? I have had my share of servers and custom apps and have yet to see ones that did not work across the original and R2 versions since the core of the OS rarely changes that much from my past job to my current job in an I.T consulting firm.
     
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    Gotta agree here. 2008R2 and 2012R2 upped the bar and just improved everything each time. Not so with 2016. And 2012R2 is still the high watermark for server OS from Microsoft. 2016 in its current form is a bloatware shitshow if you're doing GUI install instead of core.

    I'm considering doing another 2016 install with all the bloat/Edge/Store/mobile app crap removed by MSMG Toolkit like I've done for my Windows 10 installs, maybe that'll make it more palatable.
     
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