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Windows Server 2019 is Now Available for Preview
By Pranay Jha | Mar 23, 2018 | In Articles | Total Views [ 1126 ]
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Microsoft today finally announced the next version of Windows Server, which will launch later this year with the name of “Windows Server 2019.” Preview has already been released. Developers and operations teams that want to get access to the bits can now get the first preview build through Microsoft’s Insider Program.

This next version comes with lot of new features, but it’s also worth noting that this is the next release in the Long-Term Servicing Channel for Windows Server, which means that customers will get five years of mainstream support and can get an extra five years of extended support. Users also can opt for a semi-annual channel that features — surprise — two releases per year for those teams that want to get faster access to new features. Microsoft recommends the long-term option for infrastructure scenarios like running SQL Server or SharePoint.

Crazy to know the new features of Windows server 2019? Here are few of them.
Considering focus on cloud, specifically, Windows Server 2019 will be able to easily connect to Microsoft Azure and that users will be able to integrate Azure Backup, File Sync, disaster recover and other services into they Windows Server deployments.

Other feature includes new shielded VMs for protecting Linux applications and support for Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection, one of Microsoft’s flagship security products that helps guard machines against attacks and zero-day exploits.

While the licensing model will be the same as Windows Server 2016, the price increase will be on the CALs (client access license), so more cost for larger organizations with a lot of clients accessing file shares etc.

Another feature is about to come is Project Honloulu which is basically a dashboard for managing your server. It offers detailed data visualizations and analytics as well.

What I gone through the articles is that Windows Server 2019 will also have a Linux kernel as Windows Sub-System on Linux (WSL), the same as it is available for Windows 10 desktop users. It means that you’ll be able to install Linux shell of your choice

Making windows environment more secure, Microsoft has again focused on security feature considering cybersecurity cases in in last few years. Microsoft is trying to make the product more secure by leveraging already existing features from Windows Server 2016 like Shielded VMs. Shielded VMs protect virtual machines (VM) from compromised or malicious administrators in the fabric so only VM admins can access it on known, healthy, and attested guarded fabric.

Encrypted networks – you’ll be able to encrypt network segments between VMs, in order to protect the network layer between VMs.
So this is what I could explore for this new era of Windows Server. Let's keep the eye and hopefully it will be live by mid of 2018. Tight your belt to upgrade the environment.

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