- Posted by Swinburne Charles
- On September 27, 2016
Windows Server 2016 hits the market this week! Since Microsoft first launched its Technical Preview in October 2014, the interest for this new server operating system has been growing, largely because of its long list of exceptional features.
Satya Nadella has summarized his vision for Microsoft in the Digital transformation concept. The release of Windows Server 2016 definitely aligns with pillars he’s identified: user empowerment, operational optimization, and product transformation. For example, Microsoft is extending virtualization capabilities, enhancing data protection with multi-layer security, and adding manageability to the OS.
Unveiling Nano Server
Windows Server 2016 offers three choices for installation: Server with Desktop Experience, Server Core and Nano Server and it’s this last option which is creating all the buzz. The Nano Server’s lightweight deployment goes further than the simple Core install. It reduces the OS footprint to a minimum, getting rid of the graphical user interface. Administrative activities run remotely via Core PowerShell, Microsoft Management Console, or the web-based Server Management Tools. Since the Technical Preview 5 release, managing a Nano Server locally has been also made possible through PowerShell.
Containers, Shielded VMs and More
This week, Microsoft’s Ignite Conference will showcase many new options included with Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016.
From what we already know, the IaaS cosmos is going to be different with Hyper-V’s version of WS2016. It takes its roots in Azure to deliver software-defined datacenter technologies that add flexibility and cost efficiency. There’s certainly a lot for providers to get a hands-on experience.
Containers and the Docker Engine
Since its first version was released in 2013, Docker has revolutionized application development and execution on Linux. From now on, the Docker Engine will be fueling Windows-based applications too, through the concept of Containers. Containers rely on two isolation modes – Windows Server or Hyper-V – to run modular apps built either on Visual Studio or other tools.