In Windows Server 2016, the administration of the (automatic) Windows Updates has changed slightly. The following tutorial will show you how to check and manage the Windows updates for your Windows Server 2016 system.
1. Please connect to your server using RDP and open the Settings App via the Start menu.
Afterwards you can click on "Update & Security" which will forward you to the following screen.
You have the option to "Check for updates", which will check for the latest updates and automatically download and install them. If some updates require a reboot, Windows will schedule it accordingly. It is possible to set "active hours" from the link "Change active hours" where a time frame can be given in which Windows shall not reboot the device automatically.
It is further possible to set a custom day and time for the reboot via the link "Restart options".
The link "Update history" provides an overview about recent updates where it is possible to uninstall recent updates and to check further recovery options.
The link "Advanced options" provides you with the option to also update other Microsoft products through Windows updates and to "Defer feature updates", which is described by Microsoft as follows: "When you defer upgrades, new Windows features won't be downloaded or installed for several months. Deferring upgrades doesn't effect security updates. Note that deferring upgrades will prevent you from getting the latest Windows features as soon as they're available".
The link "Privacy settings" will forward you to the general privacy settings of Windows.
Not long ago, Microsoft officially launched its latest operating system for server systems, Windows Server 2016. We immediately went to work and performed numerous functionality tests and thus ensured a smooth integration in our systems. Today we can finally say:
As you already know from Windows Server 2012, you can once again choose between the Standard Edition and the Datacenter Edition when ordering Windows Server 2016.
If you are a new customer or place an additional order, you can select Windows Server 2016 as your operating system during the order process on our homepage. We kindly ask existing customers to send a short e-mail to our support department, then we will process the upgrade manually.
So what are the costs of Windows Server 2016 at Contabo?
The most important thing first: As a special service for our customers, we offer Windows Server 2016 free of charge for the first two months - for every root server customer. In other words:
No costs apply for the use of Windows Server 2016 on a root server within the first two months.
If you opt for a root server at Contabo, you are free to choose between the two new versions as well as the previous versions of Windows Server 2012 – in addition to a broad selection of Linux distributions. For most of our Dedicated Servers, Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition is available for 39.99€ per month (from the 3rd month onwards, free of charge before). The Datacenter Edition is a bit more expensive with a monthly fee of 279.99€ (from the 3rd month onwards, free of charge before); however, it offers the ambitious user additional possibilities, as for example in the field of virtualization.
If you decide to order one of our VPS with 100% SSD disk space and add Windows Server 2016 as your operating system of choice, you automatically receive the premium Datacenter Edition. It is available from 5.99€ per month for our VPS – the eventual monthly fee depends on the chosen VPS model. Of course, all available Linux distributions can be selected as the operating system for your VPS as well.