Windows Server 2016 or Windows Server 2012 R2?

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    Hello all,

    I am in the process or purchasing a new server for our lab, and I am wondering how you guys feel about using 2012 R2 on one server (R630) and 2016 on the new one(T630)? Would be a better idea to stick with 2012 R2 for both?
    Any suggestions here?



    Assuming your domain controllers are using only one OS, I see no problems with multiple server OSes in the one environment – I certainly use 2008R2, 2012R2 and 2016 together with no obvious issues or problems…. just please don’t ask me which one I prefer!

    Ossian wrote:
    just please don’t ask me which one I prefer!

    Why, will the others get hurt feelings? :cry:

    Personally I prefer 2008 R2, then 2012 R2 but 2016 doesn’t make the list coz I ain’t installed on yet to play. oops, liar. I did install 2016 Essentials but haven’t done anything except give it a Static IP for RDP purposes and from memory it seemed like 2012 R2.


    Yup, it will really hurt feelings to say I FAR prefer the UI on a nearly decade old operating system. 2012Rx is basically Windows 8 (yes, the business case for a tablet-centric server OS is absolutely clear – to Micro$oft, but no-one else) so 2016 is superior, but still not up to the ease of the Win7 lookalike


    It shouldn’t make a difference to mix or match. The biggest advantage to me would be keeping them the same so that both had the same look and feel. We’re still running a few 2008 R2s and it sometimes takes me a minute to figure out where things are when I switch between the two.

    Russell Smith
    Russell Smith

    Assuming you don’t want to do clustering with no intentions of upgrading the 2012 R2 server, there should be no problem using Windows Server 2012 R2 on one server and 2016 on the other. Better to install 2016 on the new one unless there is a specific reason not to do so. It will be easier in the long run.

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