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Considerations for Microsoft Windows Server 2016

Supported Components

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 is supported in this release for the following CommCell components:

Components Windows Server 2016 Supported Since Notes
CommServe X Service Pack 6  
Web Server X Service Pack 6  
Web Console X Service Pack 6  
MediaAgent X Service Pack 6

 

Tape libraries and drivers are not supported.
Microsoft Windows File Systems X Service Pack 5 Nano Servers are not supported.
1-Touch for Windows X Service Pack 6 Nano Servers are not supported.
Private Metrics Reporting Server X

 

Service Pack 6  
Block-Level Backups X Service Pack 5 Nano Servers are not supported.
Virtual Machine Protection for Microsoft Hyper-V X Service Pack 5  
Active Directory X Service Pack 6  
Microsoft Exchange Database Agent X Service Pack 6  
Microsoft Exchange Mailbox (Classic) Agent X Service Pack 6  
Microsoft SQL Server Agent X Service Pack 6  
OnePass for BlueArc X Service Pack 6  
OnePass for Windows and Driverless OnePass for Windows X Service Pack 6  
OnePass for Celerra X Service Pack 6  

CommServe

When you install the CommServe on a Windows Server 2016 computer, consider the following:

Using Third-Party Tools That Behave Like the Windows Start Menu

Windows Server 2016 computers lack the Start menu feature from previous Windows versions. However, there are third-party tools (like Start16), which behave like the Start menu. For the CommServe to run smoothly on a Windows Server 2016 computer, disable these programs as they cause problems with the TCP/IP network.

Windows File System iDataAgent

Change Journal scan method is not supported on Resilient File System (ReFS) volumes on Windows Server 2016 computers. The Recursive Scan or Optimized Scan method is used to backup data.

Restore from Deduplicated Volumes

Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2016 has a deduplication feature that can be enabled. Data from deduplicated volumes will be backed up in its original state (uncompressed). Therefore, during a restore, ensure that you have enough storage space on the volume to restore the full data size.