Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3 is now available for download. In this post, I link to a few interesting articles about the Preview.

Michael Pietroforte

Michael Pietroforte is the founder and editor in chief of 4sysops. He has more than 35 years of experience in IT management and system administration.

You can now download Windows Server 2016 TP3, and you can also test it in Azure. An overview of the new features can be found here.

Windows Sever 2016 TP3 in Azure

Windows Server 2016 TP3 in Azure

The most interesting new feature in TP3 is support for the Docker Engine, as announced by Docker. However, TP3 only allows you to use Docker containers in Windows Server. Docker containers for Hyper-V, which Microsoft announced earlier this year, are not yet available. I recommend reading Mark Russinovich on the importance of containers and how they will be implemented in Windows Server 2016. Adian Finn also wrote a good overview of Windows Server Containers.

Windows Server 2016 TP3

Windows Server 2016 TP3

Another interesting new feature in TP3 is the Emergency Management Console in Nano Server, Microsoft’s new server OS without a GUI. It appears the console is for observing Nano Server and modifying the network configuration.

Windows Server 2016 will also bring quite a few enhancements for Remote Desktop Services. Most interesting here are the Personal Session Desktops, which allow you to deploy server-based personal desktops in a cloud computing environment.

Before you test TP3, you might want to have a look at the requirements. The hardware requirements seem to be quite moderate. You only need 512MB RAM, although you should allocate 800MB for installation.

Keep in mind that this is only a prerelease. Microsoft already published a list of issues.

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  1. SP Kataria 4 years ago

    Plz tell me administrator password of Windows server 2016 preview 3

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  2. oleksandr 4 years ago

    Guys, has someone a link to download TP3 ? Now TP4 is released and there's no opportunity to get Windows Server TP3 from Microsoft's web-site

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