Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) allows customers to deploy Microsoft Windows Server 2016 in a fast and dependable environment to run any compatible Windows-based solution. You can use EC2 instances with a variety of Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) including Windows Server 2016, Nano Server, Windows Server 2016 with Containers, and Windows Server 2016 with SQL Server 2016. By running Windows Server 2016 on Amazon EC2, you can leverage the performance and elasticity of AWS to get up and running quickly on this latest Windows release.

Additionally, Amazon EC2 Container Service (ECS) will support Windows containers by the end of 2016 (click here to receive more information). For more details on Windows Server 2016 on Amazon EC2, check out the FAQ and User Guide.

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Windows Server 2016 is Microsoft’s newest release of Windows Server. Windows Server 2016 comes loaded with a variety of powerful new features including support for Docker and Windows containers. The release also features a Nano Server deployment option that restarts significantly faster than the Standard Edition and uses a fraction of the disk space.

  • Windows Server 2016
  • Nano Server
  • Windows Server 2016 with Containers
  • Windows Server 2016 with SQL Server 2016

Starting with Windows Server version 1709, Nano Server will be available only as a container base OS image. Please see Changes to Nano Server for more details.

More answers can be found on the FAQ page.