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Windows Server 1709 Comes in Only Two Editions: Standard and Datacenter

For those looking for the Essentials version of Windows Server in this latest evolution of Microsoft’s server product, its no longer available.

Per the docs page:

Windows Server, version 1709, is available in Standard and Datacenter editions, while Windows Server 2016 is available in Standard, Datacenter, and Essentials editions. Windows Server Datacenter includes unlimited virtualization rights plus new features to build a software-defined datacenter. Windows Server Standard offers enterprise-class features with limited virtualization rights. Windows Server 2016 Essentials is an ideal cloud-connected first server.

Microsoft is essentially saying, it seems, that smaller businesses should stick with the Windows Server 2016 version.


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