Windows Server 2016 Essentials Technical Preview 3 Now Available

Following on from yesterday's post on Windows Server 2016 Technical Prevew 3 being available, you can also sign up for the Windows Server 2016 Essentials 2016 Technical Preview 3. I shared some information on the TP2 update a few months back, but at that time it wasn't available through the Evaluation Center, only to MSDN subscribers, so this is a much broader availability annouicement.

Read on for some of the information from the Evaluation Center to see if you should be considering the evaluation.

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 Technical Preview 3 provides a wide range of new and enhanced features and capabilities for Windows Server Essentials, allowing small businesses to be more productive.

As a reminder, these are early pre-release builds. Many of the features and scenarios are still in development. As such, these builds are not intended for production environments, labs, nor full evaluations. This is pre-released software; features and functionality may differ in the final release. 




Windows Server 2016 Essentials Technical Preview 3 | 64-bit ISO 

Preinstall Information

1. Review Windows Server 2016 Essentials Technical Preview 3 release notes and system requirements

2. Register, then download and install the preview. Technical Preview 3 expires July 15, 2016.

3. Receive emails with resources to guide you through your preview


Installation Guidelines

When moving from a previous version of Windows Server Essentials to Windows Server 2016 Essentials Technical Preview 3, you will need to uninstall the previous version for a clean installation of Technical Preview 3. 


Upon installation, you will be prompted to activate. A product key is not required for the ISO installation.



Comments (2)
  1. Mattmatics says:

    I’m glad to see this version of Server family coming to tech preview – I’ve been deligted with Server 2012 R2 Essentials for sue as a home server (upgrade from WHS 2003). Please allow some focus for us home users and greater integration with Win10 apps
    (although the existing My Server has been useful too) – Will OneDrive allow access to file stored on this remotely or will we have to use OneDrive for Business?

  2. Hi Mattmatics – OneDrive and OneDrive for Business clients target client OSs for synchronisation and access, I haven’t seen anything that suggests those teams are changing their plans for server to server or server to cloud sync capabilities, which I think
    is what you are asking about here.

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