Updating windows server 2016
This is a really good thing to do when you first install Windows Server 2016, before installing everything else.
This will mean that your server is patched and any issues that have already been resolved by a patch from Microsoft will not happen.
You can convert the evaluation version of Windows Server 2016 Standard to either Windows Server 2016 Standard (retail) or Datacenter (retail).
Similarly, you can convert the evaluation version of Windows Server 2016 Datacenter to the retail version.
If the server is running a retail version instead of an evaluation version, see the “Upgrading previous retail versions of Windows Server to Windows Server 2016” section of this topic for instructions to upgrade to Windows Server 2016.
For Windows Server 2016 Essentials: You can convert to the full retail version by entering a retail, volume license, or OEM key in the command
In Windows Server 2016, we improved the desktop experience to provide a consistent experience by leveraging the same shell UI as the Windows 10 Client.
The process of moving to Windows Server 2016 might vary greatly depending on which operating system you are starting with and the pathway you take.
RS1_REFRESH, you can only perform this conversion from evaluation to retail with Windows Server 2016 that has been installed by using the Desktop Experience option (not the Server Core option). RS1_REFRESH and later releases, you can convert evaluation editions to retail regardless of the installation option used.
If you have already activated Windows, the Desktop shows the time remaining in the evaluation period.
If the server is running an evaluation version of Windows Server 2016 Standard or Windows Server 2016 Datacenter, you can convert it to a retail version as follows: For the evaluation version of Windows Server 2016 Standard, you can also convert to the retail version of Windows Server 2016 Datacenter in one step using this same command and the appropriate product key.
At any time after installing Windows Server 2016, you can run Setup to repair the installation (sometimes called “repair in place”) or, in certain cases, to convert to a different edition.