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.

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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