Compare features in Windows Server versions


Performance and scalability

Feature description

Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter

Windows 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

Level of support key

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

Feature description 

Windows Server 2008 R2 

Windows Server 2012 R2 

Windows Server 2016 

 Shielded Virtual Machines Not supportedNot 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

Software-defined datacenter: Compute

Level of support key

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

Feature description

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows 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
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 Not supported Fully supported

Software-defined datacenter: Networking

Level of support key

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

Feature description

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows Server 2016

Network Controller Not supported Not supported Fully supported
Microsegmentation Not supported Not supported Fully supported
Software Load Balancer Not supported Limited support Fully supported

Software-defined datacenter: Storage

Level of support key

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

Feature description 

Windows Server 2008 R2 

Windows Server 2012 R2 

Windows Server 2016 

 Storage Spaces Direct Not supportedNot 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
 High performance NVMe device support Not supported Fully supported Fully supported
 Persistent Memory for maximun Application Performance Not supported Not supported Fully supported
 Scale Out File Server Not supported Limited support Fully supported
 VM Storage Resiliency Not supported Not supported Fully supported

Cloud-ready application platform

Level of support key

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

Feature description

Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2012 R2

Windows 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 5.1Fully supportedFully supportedFully supported