Windows Server 2016 Essentials Available On TechNet Evaluation Center

For those of you who have been waiting for evaluation of the RTM version to become available you will be happy to hear that you can grab it now from the TechNet Evaluation Center.


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.

Preinstall Information

  1.     Get started with Windows Server 2016 Essentials
  2.     Register, and then download and install full-featured software for a 180-day trial
  3.     Receive emails with resources to guide you through your evaluation


Installation Guidelines

Windows Server 2016 Essentials will need to be re-installed when moving from prior
versions to production bits. Review Get started with Windows Server 2016 Essentials


Things to Know

More than 25 users or 50 devices?

Did you know that you can run Windows Server 2016 Essentials within Windows Server 2016 Datacenter? Try the Windows Server 2016 Datacenter evaluation

Comments (3)
  1. Ian says:

    The key posted (which is also provided on the TechNet Evaluation Center) is for Server 2012 R2 Essentials. It doesn’t work with Server 2016 Essentials. Will you please update this post and the Evaluation Center with the correct key?

    I sent a message about this problem via the Site Feedback link on the Evaluation Center yesterday, and have not yet received a reply.

    1. Thanks for the feedback, I’ve removed the key. Hopefully the eval team get a new key posted shortly.

    2. Lancorp says:

      Thanks for confirming that! It was driving me crazy why it wasn’t accepting the eval key!

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