New Features Windows 2016

  • NCRLsbSsdA4NvPSdSvH
  • Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade: Enables you to upgrade your server clusters from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2016 while continuing to provide service to your users
  • Nano Server
  • Containers existed almost entirely in the Linux/UNIX open-source world. They allow you to isolate applications and services in an agile, easy-to-administer way. Windows Server 2016 offers two different types of “containerized” Windows Server instances: Windows Server Container and Hyper-V Containers (Detail in notes)
  • Linux Secure Boot – can now deploy Linux VMs under Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V with no trouble without having to disable the otherwise stellar Secure Boot feature
  • ReFS – is stable and intended as a high-performance, high-resiliency file system intended for use with Storage Spaces Direct (discussed next in this article) and Hyper-V workloads.
  • Storage Spaces Direct – to create redundant and flexible disk storage. allow failover cluster nodes to use their local storage inside this cluster, avoiding the previous necessity of a shared storage fabric.
  • ADFS v4 – support for OpenID Connect-based authentication, multi-factor authentication (MFA), and what Microsoft calls “hybrid conditional access
  • Nested Virtualization support – capability of a virtual machine to itself host virtual machines
  • Hyper-V Hot-Add Virtual Hardware – adjust the allocated RAM, add vNIC
  • PowerShell Direct – PS remoting commands now have -VM* parameters that allows us to send PowerShell directly into the Hyper-V host’s VMs!
  • Shielded VMs The new Host Guardian Service server role, which hosts the shielded VM feature allows much deeper, fine-grained control over Hyper-V VM access.

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Nano Server

  • remotely administered server operating system optimized for private clouds and datacenters
  • Similar to Windows Server in Server Core mode, but significantly smaller, has no local logon capability
  • only supports 64-bit applications, tools, and agents.

Nano Server is ideal for a number of scenarios:

  • As a “compute” host for Hyper-V virtual machines, either in clusters or not
  • As a storage host for Scale-Out File Server.
  • As a DNS server
  • As a web server running Internet Information Services (IIS)
  • As a host for applications that are developed using cloud application patterns and run in a container or virtual machine guest operating system

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Windows Server Container. This container type is intended for low-trust workloads where you don’t mind that container instances running on the same server may share some common resources

Hyper-V Container. This isn’t a Hyper-V host or VM. Instead, its a “super isolated” containerized Windows Server instance that is completely isolated from other containers and potentially from the host server. Hyper-V containers are appropriate for high-trust workloads

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Author: MStechJi

IT professional with 8.5 years of experience in providing Remote Infrastructure Support in Windows Server environment including MS Azure. Intent to increase my knowledge and experience and share some tips and tricks I’ve learnt along the way.

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