Windows 2016 FAQ

Windows Server 2016 Installation Instructions

Updated: 10 Oct 2015

1. Insert DVD and press a key to boot from the DVD.


Select the language to use when installing, the time and current format and the keyboard type.

2. Select Install Now to begin your installation. Alternatively, click on the 'Repair your computer' link if a previous install went wrong.

Install now

3. Select which Edition of Windows to install from the list, note the first option is a Server Core version, change it to 'Server with a GUI'
if you want the version with a desktop and not a command line only version.

Select edition

4. Read the license agreement and tick the box 'I accept the license terms' and click Next.

Accept license

5. Select whether you want to do a Custom Install or Upgrade (if a previous version was found). Use Custom Install if
installing a clean or fresh install, use Upgrade if upgrading a server with a previous version of Windows Server 2003 or 2008 (64 bit).

Install type


6. Select the disk or partition to install Windows onto.

Select disk

If you need to do some drive management, click on 'Drive options (advanced) link. If you need a third party hard
disk controller driver click on 'Load Driver' to load it from CD, USB etc.


7. It will begin installing windows by copying the files from DVD to the hard disk and then expanding the files on the hard disk. This may take upto
20 minutes to complete.


8. It will then do a restart a few times after the installation.


9. When Windows loads, it will ask for a new password for the Administrator account. Use a password with a mixture of upper and
lower case letters and numbers. Click Finish to continue.

10. It will then finalise settings.

11. You will then be asked to login. Press Ctrl + Alt + Del to login.

Login screen

12. The Administrator user will appear (as that is the only available user), and then enter your new password.

Login as admin

13. The desktop will then appear and Server Manager console will load up.

Server Manager

14. Click on 'Local Server' to change the following settings for your new server.

a) Change the computer name (a default name is given for new servers).~
b) Click on Workgroup to change the workgroup name or join a domain via System control panel.
c) Turn Windows firewall on or off, allow programs through or configure settings.
d) Enable or disable Remote Managemenent (via server manager) or Remote Desktop.
e) Change Ethernet settings. By default it will use DHCP, for servers you would configure a static address.
f) Enable automatic updating if necessary.
g) Download any new updates that you require.
h) Change the Time zone settings for your country.
i) Product ID. Enter a new product code and activate your installation of Windows.
j) Dashboard. Use the Add roles or Add feature to install additional programs and services as required.
k) If you are using a virtual environment, then install any Guest Tools e.g. VirtualBox, VMWare. Hyper-V
integration tools will already be available.

Press the Windows key to view the new Start Menu, select the down arrow to view all installed applications.

17. Additional stuff for Windows 2016

- The Edge browser can open PDF documents, so Adobe Reader is not required.
- Media Player is installed by default (Desktop Experience is enable by default in the RTM version).
- The Windows Store is avaible for additional accounts, other than 'administrator' account.
- The Control panel is available by right clicking the start menu or pressing Ctrl+X.
- You could install Microsoft Office for Word, Excel, Outlook.
- For picture viewing, try InfraView.
- Internet Explorer icon is available under 'Windows Accessories' folder on start menu.

18. What SQL Server products are available for Windows 2016 (to be confirmed)?

You can use the following editions of SQL Server on Windows Server 2016:

* SQL Server 2008 with Service Pack 3
* SQL Server 2008 R2 with Service Pack 1
* SQL Server 2012
* SQL Server 2014
* SQL Server 2016
* SQL Server Compact 3.5 with Service Pack 2
* SQL Server Compact 4.0

The Windows Internal Database feature is available for RMS, WSUS and Resource Manager only.

19. What System Center products are available for Windows 2016?

You can use the following System Center products on Windows Server 2016:

* System Center 2016 (what's new)

System Center includes:

* Configuration ManagerData Protection Manager
* Operations Manager
* Service Manager
* Virtual Machine Manager
* Orchestrator
* Endpoint Protection

20. What Network Security products are available for Windows Server 2016?

TMG and UAG are not supported on Windows 2016, but you can migrate from UAG DirectAccess to DirectAccess available in Windows 2016 (see Remote Access role).
DirectAccess allows client computers use VPN-like remove access to your computer network.
Third party solutions includes Sophos UMG which supports a Firewall, IPS, VPN, anti-malware, URL filtering, user authentication, reverse proxy with logging and reporting.
Firewall alternatives include hardware applicances such as Cisco PIX or ASA devices , HP Network Security, Dell SonicWall and so on. For software based firewalls try, Smoothwall.

21. What Antivirus products are available for Windows 2016 (to be confirmed) ?

You can use ClamWin or McAfee VirusScan 8.8 with the Patch 6 update.

22. What versions of Windows Server can I upgrade from to 2016 (to be confirmed) ?

You can only upgrade from 64 bit editions of Windows 2008, 2008 R2, 2012 or 2012 R2. If using Windows 2008 64 bit, you may need to upgrade to Windows 2012 (R2) first, before
upgrading to Windows 2016.