Windows Server 2016 Essentials 64-bit (English) - Microsoft Imagine

Windows Server 2016 Essentials 64-bit (English) - Microsoft Imagine


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Windows Server Essentials offers a flexible, affordable, and easy-to-use server solution for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices. An ideal first server, Windows Server Essentials can also be used as the primary server in a multi-server environment for small businesses. Windows Server 2016 Essentials provides a wide range of new and enhanced features and capabilities for Windows Server Essentials, allowing small businesses to be more productive.

Windows Server 2016 Essentials

Windows Server Essentials server software is a 64-bit only operating system. Table 1 defines the recommended minimum hardware requirements for Windows Server Essentials. Table 2 defines additional hardware and software requirements for the server.

Table 1: System Requirements for Windows Server Essentials





CPU socket

1.4 GHz (64-bit processor) or faster for single core
1.3 GHz (64-bit processor) or faster for multi-core

3.1 GHz (64-bit processor) or faster multi-core

2 sockets

Memory (RAM)

2 GB

4 GB if you deploy Windows Server Essentials as a virtual machine

16 GB

64 GB

Hard disks and available storage space

160 GB hard disk with a 60-GB system partition

  No limit

*The recommended hardware requirements support maximum user and device limits.

Table 2: Additional Hardware and Software Requirements for Windows Server Essentials



Network adapter

Gigabit Ethernet adapter (10/100/1000baseT PHY/MAC)


Some functionality may require Internet access (fees may apply) or a Microsoft account

Supported Client operating systems

Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Macintosh OS X versions 10.5 to 10.8.
Note: Some features require professional or higher editions.
1 GB of available hard drive space (a portion of this disk will be freed after installation)


A router or firewall that supports IPv4 NAT or IPv6

Additional requirements

DVD-ROM drive

Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you choose to install. Processor performance depends not only on the clock frequency of the processor, but also on the number of cores and the size of the processor cache. Storage space requirements for the system partition are approximate. Additional available storage space may be required if you are installing over a network.

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