What’s new in Windows Server 2016?

Windows Server 2016 is packed with improved features intended to assist users make the most of their data centers. Here are the new features that easily stand out.

Nano Server

Microsoft released a better installation option, Nano Server, which is essentially a minimal-footprint headless version of the Windows Server. Since Nano is supposed to be managed entirely remotely, it is a simplified server installation with minimal components, leading to quicker deployment and boot time together with reduced patching and compulsory reboots than the previous Windows Server.

Docker-driven containers

Microsoft, while collaborating with the Docker development team, has included Docker-based containers in Windows Server 2016. Containers enable users to segregate applications and services in a versatile, easy-to-manage manner. Furthermore, both Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers are now fully supported

Shielded VMs

Windows Server 2016 shielded VMs provide multiple layers of built-in protection to safeguard any Generation 2 virtual machine from unauthorized access, even from Hyper-V administrators.

Networking enhancements

Windows Server 2016 includes a host of improved capabilities intended to enhance software-defined networking and improve efficiency. Examples include Network controller for centralized management of network infrastructure and improved gateways for providing linkages to Azure and other remote services.

Storage enhancements

It seems the issue of storage spaces has matured in Windows Server 2016. Some of the improved storage features include Storage Spaces Direct, Storage Replica, and Storage Quality of Service. These enhancements lead to the establishment of highly available, scalable software-defined storage facilities at lowered costs.

Other improvements

  • Nested virtualization capabilities to eliminate the limit of running Hyper-V only on physical servers
  • Inclusion of new PowerShell cmdlets commands for easier management of virtual machines
  • Rolling Hyper-V Cluster Upgrade to provide simple upgrade paths and controlled upgrades
  • Improved, stable ReFS version to provide faster Hyper-V storage abilities

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