When you run a server system in your organization, you might have business needs not met using default server settings. For example, you might need the lowest possible energy consumption, or the lowest possible latency, or the maximum possible throughput on your server. This guide provides a set of guidelines that you can use to tune the server settings in Windows Server 2016 and obtain 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.
Registry settings and tuning parameters changed significantly between versions of Windows Server. Be sure to use the latest tuning guidelines to avoid unexpected results.
In this guide
This guide organizes performance and tuning guidance for Windows Server 2016 across three tuning categories:
Changes in this version
Updates to Active Directory guidance section
Updates to File Server guidance section
Updates to Web Server guidance section
Updates to Hardware Power guidance section
Updates to PowerShell tuning guidance section
Significant updates to the Hyper-V guidance section
Performance Tuning for Workloads removed, pointers to relevant resources added to Additional Tuning Resources article
Removal of dedicated storage sections, in favor of new Storage Spaces Direct section and canonical Technet content
Removal of dedicated networking section, in favor of canonical Technet content