You Can Now Run Windows Server 2016 On Amazon EC2

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Amazon yesterday announced that Windows Server 2016 is now available on Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). Windows Server 2016 comes with several new features including support for Docker and Windows containers. Windows Server 2016 is now available in all AWS regions, in following forms:

  • Windows Server 2016 Datacenter with Desktop Experience – The mainstream version of Windows Server, designed with security and scalability in mind, with support for both traditional and cloud-native applications.
  • Windows Server 2016 Nano Server -A cloud-native, minimal install that takes up a modest amount of disk space and boots more swiftly than the Datacenter version, while leaving more system resources (memory, storage, and CPU) available to run apps and services. Nano Server does not include a desktop UI so you’ll need to administer it remotely using PowerShell or WMI.
  • Windows Server 2016 with Containers – Windows Server 2016 with Windows containers and Docker already installed.
  • Windows Server 2016 with SQL Server 2016 – Windows Server 2016 with SQL Server 2016 already installed.

Microsoft recommends a minimum of 2 GB of memory for Windows Server 2016. The standard Windows EC2 Pricing applies and you can bring your own license to AWS.

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