Customize and Deploy Windows Server Essentials in Windows 10

OEMs can customize and deploy Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview Essentials before the server is shipped to a customer. Use the Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit (Windows ADK) and the information in the following topics to customize and deploy Windows Server Essentials. Windows Server Essentials Experience is a server role in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview. You can download the Windows ADK from the Microsoft Download Center.

Hardware requirements for Windows Server Essentials

Actual requirements will vary based on your system configuration and the applications and features you choose to install. Processor performance depends not only on the clock frequency of the processor, but also on the number of cores and the size of the processor cache. Storage space requirements for the system partition are approximate. Additional available storage space may be required if you are installing over a network.

Component Minimum Recommended* Maximum

CPU socket

1.4 GHz (64-bit processor) or faster for single core

1.3 GHz (64-bit processor) or faster for multi-core

3.1 GHz (64-bit processor) or faster multi-core

2 sockets

Memory (RAM)

2 GB

4GB if you deploy Server Essentials as a Virtual Machine

16 GB

64 GB

Hard disks and available storage space

160 GB hard disk with a 60 GB system partition

No limit


*The recommended hardware requirements support maximum user and device limits.

Additional hardware and software requirements

Component Description

Network adapter

Gigabit Ethernet adapter (10/100/1000baseT PHY/MAC)


Some functionality may require Internet access (fees may apply) or a Microsoft Account

Supported Client Operating Systems

  • Windows 7

  • Windows 8

  • Windows 8.1

  • Windows 10

  • Macintosh OS X 10.5 to 10.8.


Some features require professional or higher editions.


1 GB of available hard drive space (a portion of this disk will be freed after installation)


A router or firewall that supports IPv4 NAT or IPv6

Additional requirements

DVD-ROM drive


For more information about the hardware requirements, see the Windows Hardware Certification Requirements.

All server hardware should meet the requirements established in the Windows Hardware Certification Kit (HCK). For more information, see Windows Hardware Certification Kit (HCK).

See Also

Content type Reference

Preconfiguration options

| Configure Server Storage - Windows Server Essentials | Customize Deployment - Windows Server Essentials

Customizations options

Add Post-Initial Configuration Customizations (PostIC.cmd) - Windows Server Essentials | Add Tasks and Links to Dashboard Home Page - Windows Server Essentials | Add Health Alerts - Windows Server Essentials | Configure Support for a Wireless Network - Windows Server Essentials | Customize Server Backup - Windows Server Essentials | Customize Shared Folders - Windows Server Essentials | Install Add-Ins - Windows Server Essentials | Add Branding - Windows Server Essentials | Add a Tab to Settings - Windows Server Essentials | Add Top-Level Categories to the Launchpad (Macintosh Operating System) | Change Media Streaming Settings - Windows Server Essentials | Change the Color of the Dashboard and Launchpad -Windows Server Essentials | Order and Group Dashboard Tabs - Windows Server Essentials | Add Third-Level Domain Names - Windows Server Essentials | Replace the List of Domain Name Providers - Windows Server Essentials | Customize Client Backup - Windows Server Essentials | Install Add-Ins During Setup - Windows Server Essentials | Add POR ID - Windows Server Essentials | Replace O365 Integration Module Endpoint URLs - Windows Server Essentials

Deployment preparation

Preparing the Image for Deployment - Windows Server Essentials


Testing the Customer Experience - Windows Server Essentials




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