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April 2016

Determining the right time for a Windows Server 2016 upgrade

Sponsored by SearchWindowsServer.com

The release of Microsoft's latest server OS gives organizations a chance to rethink their IT infrastructure. Windows Server 2016 requirements are largely the same as those for Windows Server 2012 R2, which remains a viable option for organizations. Still, some of the Windows Server 2016 features are appealing enough that a change might be worth the effort.

This three-part guide reviews the reasons to consider an operating system upgrade. A business will want to weigh its options, which include Windows Server 2016 and alternatives like cloud-based servers. The age of the in-place OS will likely be a significant factor in any upgrade decision, since older Windows Server versions are at or near the end of their respective roads. Industry watchers worry that too many outdated and unpatched versions of those OSes remain in service.

If the decision is made to go ahead with a Windows Server 2016 upgrade, managing costs and staff time will be important. Microsoft is switching from per-processor billing to per-core for Windows Server 2016 licensing, which could result in higher costs for some users. An organization may be wise to bring in experts to assist with implementation, allowing its in-house IT staff to focus on day-to-day operations.

Table Of Contents

  • Weighing the options on Windows migration
  • Licensing tweak could raise costs
  • Are experts preferred on Windows installation?