Today, we are pleased to announce the availability of the Windows Server 2016 Performance Tuning Guide. This updated guide provides a comprehensive collection of technical articles with practical guidance for IT professionals and server administrators responsible for monitoring and tuning Windows Server 2016 across the most common server workloads and scenarios. With this guidance, administrators can tune server settings in Windows Server 2016 and achieve incremental performance or energy efficiency gains, especially when the nature of the workload varies little over time.

It is important that your tuning changes consider the hardware, the workload, the power budgets, and the performance goals of your server. This guide describes each setting and its potential effect to help you make an informed decision about its relevance to your system, workload, performance, and energy usage goals.

Windows Server 2016 performance and tuning recommendations are split across server hardware and power, by server role and by server sub-system tuning considerations:

Server hardware tuning By server role By server subsystem
Hardware performance considerations Active Directory Servers Cache and Memory Management
Hardware power considerations Containers Software Defined Networking
File Servers Storage Spaces Direct
Hyper-V Servers
Remote Desktop Servers
Web Servers

Guidance available for on-line and off-line viewing

The Windows Server Performance Tuning guide is available to view online, as well as a PDF for off-line consumption.

To download the PDF-version, open your browser and navigate to the Windows Server library. Just below the left-hand table of contents, click on the button labeled, ‘Download PDF’.

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Share your experience with the community

If you want to share your experience, or exchange tips and tricks with other admins, check out the new Windows Server Tech Community.