Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview

9/26/2016 update: An updated version of this ebook is available. Find the newest files here.

We’re happy to announce the availability of our newest free ebook, Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview (ISBN 9780735697737), by John McCabe and the Windows Server team. Enjoy!

Get a head start evaluating Windows Server 2016—guided by the experts. Based on Technical Preview 4, John McCabe and the Windows Server team introduce the new features and capabilities, with practical insights on how Windows Server 2016 can meet the needs of your business. Get the early, high-level overview you need to begin preparing your deployment now!


Windows Server has powered a generation of organizations, from small businesses to large global enterprises. No matter what your role in IT, you can be guaranteed that you have touched Windows Server at some point in your career or, at the very least, you have seen it from afar! No matter what your area of expertise, this ebook introduces you to Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview and its latest developments, which is the next version of Windows Server.

Each chapter has been written by either field experts or members of the product group, who provide you with the latest information on every improvement or new feature that is coming in Windows Server. This information will help you to get ready for Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview and give you an opportunity to develop and design a path to introduce this powerful technology into your environment and take full advantage of what is to come. This book was written at a time when the product was still evolving, and it should be noted that things might change or not appear in the final version of Windows Server 2016 when it is released. All guidance in these chapters is meant to be tried and evaluated in a test setting; you should not implement this in a production environment.

This book assumes that you are familiar with key Windows Server concepts (i.e., Hyper-V, networking, and storage) as well as cloud technologies such as Microsoft Azure. In this ebook, we cover a variety of concepts related to the technology and present scenarios with a customer focus, but it is not intended as a how-to guide or design manual. You should use other sources including the online Microsoft resources to stay up to date with the latest developments on the roles and features of Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview. The online resources will also contain the latest how-to procedures and information about designing a Windows Server 2016 infrastructure for your business.

About the author

John McCabe works for Microsoft as a senior premier field engineer. In this role, he has worked with the largest customers around the world, supporting and implementing cutting-edge solutions on Microsoft Technologies. In this role, he is responsible for developing core services for the Enterprise Services Teams. John has been a contributing author to several books, including Mastering Windows Server 2012 R2 from Sybex, Mastering Lync 2013 from Sybex, and Introducing Microsoft System Center 2012 from Microsoft Press. John has spoken at many conferences around Europe, including TechEd and TechReady. Prior to joining Microsoft, John was an MVP in Unified Communications with 15 years of consulting experience across many different technologies such as networking, security, and architecture.


Comments (51)
  1. Ieden says:

    Thank you

  2. Tom says:

    a quick once over, and this appears well written, Thanks!

  3. Abdulgafar says:


  4. Akhona Antonio MAseti says:

    Dear Microsoft Pros

    Thank you for this version of windows Server that has just come. I’ve looking forward into having this kind of server, I hope for the best of it as I aspire for the MCITP, but I do not know where can I write the latest and up to date examinations.

    Kindly assist me with more information as to where can I get hold of of examination Centre to pass this kind of examination.

    Yours sincerely
    Maseti A. A. (Mr)

    1. Exams for Windows Server 2016 have not been announced yet. You can schedule your test when the exams are announced. Please check here for more information: You can schedule your exam there when Windows Server 2016 appears on that page.

      1. Dan says:

        Will there be full microsoft books for this like 2012 r2?

        1. Yes, full books on Windows Server 2016 are in the works now. You can expect Exam Refs to start being published as early as late December. Not all books are listed yet, but you can refer here for upcoming releases:

  5. sekhar prasai says:


  6. Larry D Brooks says:

    Thanks, I’m sure it will help me in my endeavours.

    1. Hi Thomas – This issue has been submitted as errata. We appreciate the heads-up – thanks!

  7. Oliver Gerd Wormer says:

    Thank you!

  8. Fisico says:

    Muchas gracias, es un excelente soporte.

  9. panchal dilip says:

    thanks i like softwer 2016 ok

  10. I’m reviewing this book now, this looks like it will be a great resource for getting up to speed with Windows Server 2016, thanks!

  11. praveen says:


  12. Eyad Khaled Kurdi says:

    Thanks a Lot for your effort ..

  13. Matthias Köhler says:

    Vielen Lieben Dank!

  14. Amit Kapoor says:


  15. metro17 says:

    Are there books for these :
    Earning an MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration certification validates your skills with database installation, maintenance, configuration, and provisioning tasks, and will qualify you for a position as a database administrator or infrastructure specialist.
    Step Title Optional training Required exam Certification earned
    1 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure Take course 764 Take exam 764 (in development) MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration
    2 Provisioning SQL Databases Take course 765 Take exam 765 (in development)


  16. Webb Chen says:

    Thank you!

  17. juan guio says:


  18. Erick David Aguilar caballero says:


  19. When will be Kindle?
    Today is 4.10 and there are not 🙁

  20. Khanh Vu says:


  21. Guillermo Meza says:

    Can I downgrade Windows Svr 2016 to Windows Svr 2012 R2 or 2012?

  22. iain wanless says:


  23. gaopeng says:


  24. nice dos win says:

    me to

  25. Justo says:

    Interesante el expositor su nivel es numero 1 vamos a leer el libro seria bueno que dieran unos 365 dias de prueba que dicen asi realmente pode.os evaluar


    tanks you

  27. wenyehua says:

    Thank you

  28. h.janse says:


  29. Tim says:

    what i want to know is which version of SNMP is supported by Windows 2016?
    For example, V3? Thanks.

  30. majdi says:

    Thank you

  31. Suraj Shinde says:

    Excellent book.


    Congratulations! i have more expectation in windows server 2016.

  33. Abani kumar Dutta says:

    Learning more on Microsoft windows

  34. Crestian says:

    very good

  35. How can I take this book?

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