Thursday, October 13, 2016

Windows Server 2016 is now generally available

Microsoft has released Windows Server 2016. In addition, System Center 2016 also hit GA.

MSDN Subscriber downloads page
Technet Evaluation Center

Hyper-V Server also available:
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016

Here is what's new in Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016

New functionalities in Hyper-V:

  • Compatible with Connected Standby
  • Discrete device assignment 
  • Encryption support for the operating system disk in generation 1 VMs
  • Host resource protection
  • Hot add and remove for network adapters and memory
  • Linux secure boot
  • Nested virtualization
  • Networking features
  • Production checkpoints 
  • Rolling Hyper-V Cluster upgrade
  • Shielded virtual machines 
  • Start order priority for clustered virtual machines
  • Virtualization-based security for Gen 2 VMs
  • Windows Containers 
  • Windows PowerShell Direct

Updated functionalities in Hyper-V:

  • Hyper-V Manager improvements
  • Integration services delivered through Windows Update 
  • More memory and processors for generation 2 VMs and Hyper-V hosts
  • Shared virtual hard discs
  • Storage QoS
  • Virtual machine configuration file format
  • Virtual machine configuration version 
RSAT for Windows 10 was also updated on 10/12/2016

Additional information:

Release notes: Important Issues in Windows Server 2016  technet

Getting Started with Hyper-V Server 2016 technet

Windows Server 2016 Editions technet

General Availability of Windows Server and Hyper-V Containers in Windows Server 2016 Server & Tools

The Ultimate Guide to Windows Server 2016  MSFT

Compare features in Windows Server versions MSFT

Getting Started with Windows Containers msdn

What's new in Hyper-V on Windows Server 2016 technet

Another big step in Hybrid Cloud – Windows Server 2016 general availability  technet

Nano Server in the Azure Gallery and VM Agent Support technet

Pricing and Licensing for Windows Server 2016

Azure Images: SQL Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016


Microsoft's Windows Server 2016 hits general availability  ZDnet

Microsoft’s Windows Server 2016 is now generally available techcrunch

First look at Windows Server 2016: 'Cloud for the masses'? We'll be the judge of that

4 no-bull reasons Windows Server 2016 is a big deal  infoworld

Why (and how) Microsoft is circling its hybrid-cloud wagons  ZDnet

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Windows Server 2016 RTM

The new Windows Server 2016 was launched on September 26 at Ignite conference in Atlanta, along with System Center 2016.

Download Windows Server 2016 RTM here

Download System Center 2016 RTM here

Pricing and licensing for Windows Server 2016 here

The Ultimate Guide to Windows Server 2016 here

Free ebook: Introducing Windows Server 2016 here

Windows Server 2016 TP5 Comparison Guide here

Additional Information

Windows Server Containers 101 Poster

Ignite 2016 – Windows Server 2016 Virtualization and Containers Recordings

Microsoft Virtual Machine Manager and support for .NET Framework technet

Windows Server 2016 RTM, System Center 2016 RTM and Azure Stack TP2 – now available  technet

Top 10 features in Windows Server 2016 sysadmins need to know about  gfi

Microsoft Ignite: Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Launch Party  PCMag

Windows Server 2016 set for mid-October release  theinquirer

The best new features in Windows Server 2016  infoworld

Microsoft releases Server 2016, complete with commercial Docker engine  theregister

Microsoft Windows Server 2016 to be generally available in mid-October  ZDNet

Docker containers are coming to Windows   networkworld

Introducing Docker for Windows Server 2016  docker

Ignite sessions online

Failover Clustering @ Ignite 2016

Don’t Miss These Sessions at Ignite

Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 sessions at Ignite

All The Windows Server 2016 sessions at Ignite

Credit: Microsoft

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Windows Server, Hyper-V, Azure links and related articles November 2015 - February 2016

Microsoft Download Center


New Windows Server Licensing

Windows Server 2016 moving to per core, not per socket, licensing   ARS
Beware hidden costs of Microsoft's new Windows Server licensing  InfoWorld
Windows Server 2016 licensing FAQ ( PDF)  …

Server & Tools Blogs

Ben Armstrong's Blog




Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Nested Virtualization in Windows Server 2016 
Windows Server 2012 R2 AD FS - Federated Web SSO (Part 9)

Microsoft Azure-blog





          Deploying Nano Server to Microsoft Azure  A. Brisebois





Windows Server 2016 TP 4, Nano Server, Containers, Azure

Azure Automation DSC Part 2 - Configurations Basics (Channel 9)
Azure Automation DSC Part 1 - Introduction (Channel 9)

 Building Your Hybrid Cloud - Nested Virtualization in Windows Server 2016 (Channel 9) 

Top Ten Windows Server 2016 Features (Channel 9)

Exploring Nano Server for Windows Server 2016 with Jeffrey Snover  (Channel 9)

Container Fundamentals | Part 5 - Hyper-V Containers (Channel 9)
Container Fundamentals | Part 4 - Resource Management (Channel 9)
Container Fundamentals | Part 3 - Shared Folders (Channel 9)
Container Fundamentals | Part 2 - Images, Networking & Portability (Channel 9)
Introducing Hyper-V Containers (Channel 9)
Container Fundamentals | Part 1 - Introduction (Channel 9)

Storage Spaces Direct - Deploying End-to-End (Channel 9)
Windows Server 2016 Preview: Storage Spaces Direct Overview (Channel 9)

Demo: Nano Server Developer Experience (Channel 9)
Demo: Building a Nano Server VHDX for a Hyper-V VM (Channel 9)
Demo: Nano Server in a Container running IIS & ASP.NET 5 (Channel 9)
Creating AppX Packages for Nano Server with the WiX Toolset (Channel 9)

Storage Spaces Direct - Deploying End-to-End (Channel 9)
Storage Replica - Reversing Replication (Channel 9)
Storage Replica - Creating a Storage Replica Partnership (Channel 9)
Storage Replica - Running the Test Report (Test-SRTopology) (Channel 9)

Cool features in Hyper-V that you must investigate (Channel 9)

Windows Server 2012 R2

How to Setup and Use Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials  (Channel 9)

How to Reduce Cost and Grow Your Business with Virtualization in Windows Server 2012 R2 – Part 1  (Channel 9)

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