Windows Server 2016 was released on October 12, 2016 and here is why you should think about upgrading your datacenter. Striking the right balance between your organization’s desire to innovate and the daily needs of key departments can be a challenge. Windows Server 2016 provides a robust, flexible solution. With a strong posture, a software-defined datacenter, and innovative application platform, Windows Server 2016 is the right choice for your business. What’s new with Windows Server 2016? A whole bunch!
New Windows Server 2016 Features
- Active Directory Federated Services – Now administrators can configure ADFS to authenticate user’s who are not stored in Active Directory such as Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) and SQL Databases.
- Hyper-V Improvements – like discrete device assignment, encryption support for the OS disk in generation 1 virtual machines, host resource protection, hot swappable network adapters and memory, nested virtualization and much more. You can read more about Hyper-V improvements in Windows Server 2016 here
- Windows PowerShell 5.0 – If you aren’t familiar with PowerShell it’s definitely worth your time since it’s the new command prompt on steroids. With the release of version 5.0 there are many new security features, improvements in usability, and deeper compatibility and management capabilities for Windows-based environments.
- Shielded Virtual Machines – Windows Server 2016 provides a new Hyper-V based Shielded Virtual Machine to protect any generation 2 virtual machine from a compromised fabric. Basically, you can apply several features to make it harder for Hyper-V Administrators and malware on the host to inspect, tamper with, or steal data from the state of a shielded virtual machine. You can read more about Guarded fabric and shielded VMs here
- Headless Anti-virus – Windows Server 2016 Antimalware is enabled out-of-the-box but does not have a user interface (UI) installed. This change means that by default your Windows Server 2016 will update antimalware definitions and protect the computer without the UI.
There are many new features and built-in functionalities that make it worth the upgrade. For more information download the Windows Server 2016 Overview