As introduced in this article, Windows Server can be used free of charge for free for 180 days as an evaluation version.
Windows Server Free Usage (2016 Technical Preview 4) - designetwork(EN)
Windows Server TP4 has already expired, and you can use the full version of Sindows Server 2016.
- Download Windows Server for free
- System Requirements for Windows Server 2016
- Installing Windows Server on ESXi
Download Windows Server for free
OS can be downloaded for free from Microsoft 's TechNet Evaluation Center. (Required user registration and free)
You can also download previous versions such as Windows Server 2012 R2 as well.
System Requirements for Windows Server 2016
The minimum requirement is here. Adjust according to the application. Since large capacity memory is unnecessary, it can be constructed easily in a virtual environment.
CPU: 1.4 GHz 64-bit processor
Memory: 512 MB (2 GB for Server with Desktop Experience installation option)
DISK: 32 GB
Installing Windows Server on ESXi
With ESXi 5.5.0 I am using, Windows Server 2016 does not exist as a virtual machine. Therefore, create and install a virtual machine in Windows Server 2012.
If you mount ISO and boot it, you can install as usual.
Update from 2016 TP4
In my case I already used 2016 TP4, so I will upgrade this time. I can not connect with an error when connecting to Remote Desktop if the license has expired. (Sorry in JP's figure)
You can connect with the console. However, after logging in, a warning of out of license is issued.
Upgrade Windows Server
Mount the downloaded ISO file. Execute setup in the loaded one.
The version upgrade will be in the form of installing update program.
Since the update program is downloaded in this, real downloading is not necessary in advance. Also, although data seems to be handed over in the beginning, is this edition different? It seems that it can not hand over. If you do not select Desktop Experience, only Server Core will be installed and you will be impatient.
After this it takes several tens of minutes for downloading and installation. (Depending on environment)
Version up completed
When the upgrade is completed, the desktop is displayed. We will add various functions from here. If an environment where IP address etc. is set and Internet connection is established, the license status is displayed at the lower right.
Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Evaluation 180 days valid Windows license Build xxx
Updated from Windows Server 2016 TP4 to the latest version of Windows Server 2016. You can continue validating Windows Server for free.