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What’s new in Windows Server 2016 or “Nano Server”


Hello Friends, Again I am coming with you guys with one more new article on Microsoft Technologies, in this article, I am going to introduce you about the Microsoft latest Server OS, Windows Server 2016.

Finally Microsoft announced to release their brand new Server OS, Windows Server 2016 (also called NANO Server) with lots of new and exciting features, which includes latest security and other features. Microsoft always come with a milestone and I hope this is gonna one of milestone in Windows Server history. Microsoft given Nano Server nick name to their new OS.

In this article series, I am going to introduce you about the new exciting features of Windows Server 2016.

What’s Nano Server: Windows Server 2016 is also offer a new type of installation option called “Nano Server” which is similar to Core installation in previous version of Microsoft Servers. Nano Server offer a remotely managed OS optimized for private cloud and datacenters. It is similar to server core but it doesn’t have any local logon capability, and only support 64 bit application, tools and agents. It consume the less space and provide faster reboot feature.

You can use Nano Server for below server roles.

  • As a Compute host for Hyper-V VMs.
  • As a storage host for File Server
  • As a DNS Server
  • As a Web (IIS) Server
  • As an Application Server for the applications, which are deployed on Cloud.

What’s new in Compute and Virtualization: It provide large scale of Virtualization infrastructure for providing the simplified upgrades and new installation options.

  • Rolling upgrades for Hyper-V and scale-out file server clusters for faster adoption of new operating systems
  • Functionality for hot add and remove memory and NIC, reducing downtime
  • Virtual machine compute resiliency, so that virtual machines continue running even if the compute cluster fabric service fails
  • Nano Server, a deeply refactored version of Windows Server with a small footprint and remotely managed installation, optimized for the cloud and a DevOps workflow

Software defined Networking: Continued investment to make networking as flexible and cost-effective as possible while ensuring high performance.

  • Converged NIC across tenant and RDMA traffic to optimize costs, enabling high performance and network fault tolerance with only 2 NICs instead of 4
  • PacketDirect on 40G to optimize performance

Storage: Expanding capabilities in software-defined storage with an emphasis on resilience, reduced cost, and increased control.

  • Virtual Machine Storage Path resiliency, enabling virtual machines to pause and restart gracefully in response to either transient or permanent storage path failures
  • Storage Spaces Direct to enable aggregation of Storage Spaces across multiple servers, pushing the cost of storage down while allowing for increased scale out
  • Storage quality of service (QoS) for more control and predictable performance
  • Storage Replica, giving you synchronous storage replication for affordable business continuity and disaster recovery strategies

Security and Assurance: Protecting against today’s threats with a “zero-trust” approach to security that is rooted in the hardware.

  • New Host Guardian Service, part of a trust and isolation boundary between the cloud infrastructure and guest OS layers
  • Just Enough Administration to reduce the risk of security breaches by allowing users to perform only specific tasks

Management: Ongoing advances to simplify server management and increase consistency in approach.

  • PowerShell Desired State Configuration (DSC) for easier, consistent and faster deployment and updates.
  • PowerShell Package Manager  for unified package management and deployment
  • Windows Management Framework 5.0 April Preview and DSC Resource Kit  (available online simultaneously with TP2)

And much more, including new features for IIS, RDS, and AD such as:

  • Conditional access control in AD FS, allows requiring a device compliant with policies to access resources
  • Support for application authentication with OpenID Connect and OAuth, making it easier to build mobile enterprise applications
  • Full OpenGL support with RDS for VDI scenarios
  • Server-side support for HTTP/2 including header compression, connection multiplexing and server push.


Download Microsoft Server 2016Download the Windows Server 2016 preview from here





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