Hello Windows Server People,

Today is a big day, just Microsoft confirmed that Windows Server 2019 is in the oven at high temperature and is usually available in the second half of calendar year 2018.

The four main areas focus on hybrid, security, application platform, and hyperlinked infrastructure. Additionally, a preview of Windows Server 2019 is available for download today Insider program.

As expected, Windows Server 2019 is built on top Windows Server 2016 which is the fastest server version ever adopted by telemetry, as Microsoft stated ad.

In Windows Server 2019, Microsoft will focus on four main areas: Hybrid cloud, Safety, Application platformand Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI).

We all know that a hybrid cloud is here to stay, and moving to a public cloud service is a journey, and it makes sense for many organizations to combine an approach that combines local and cloud environments together. Starting today, we can expand Active Directory, sync file servers, and back up to the cloud, these are just a few examples of what we’re doing today to extend our services to the public cloud service.

At the Ignite event in September 2017, Microsoft announced Honolulu project – New management experience for Windows and Windows Server. Honolulu project is a flexible, lightweight browser-based locally deployed platform and solution for management scenarios. Microsoft is working with Project Honolulu to make it easier to integrate existing Windows Server installations with Azure Services. With Windows Server 2019 and Project Honolulu, you can easily integrate Azure services such as Azure backup, Sync Azure files, Azure site recoveryand more, so you can take advantage of these Azure services without disrupting your applications and infrastructure.

Security remains a priority for all. Microsoft continues this journey to improve the security landscape by working with features that bring together the execution of Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and several other online services in global data centers.

Windows Server 2019 brings three security areas – Protect, Detect and Answer.

Its Protect In front, Microsoft introduced secure virtual machines in Windows Server 2016, which was eagerly received by many organizations. Protected virtual machines protect virtual machines from compromised or malicious administrators in the canvas, so only administrators of the virtual machine can use it with a known, healthy, and proven protected canvas. Secured virtual machines now support Linux virtual machines in Windows Server 2019. This is big! Hyper-V the team is also expanding VMConnect to improve troubleshooting for secure virtual machines on Windows Server and Linux. They add encrypted networks with SDN, which allows administrators to encrypt network segments. The switch turns to protect the network layer between servers.

Its Detect and Answer front, in Windows Server 2019 they are embedding Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), which provides preventive protection, detects attacks and zero-day exploitation among other features of the operating system.

On the application side, Microsoft will also continue to improve the options available for orchestrating Windows Server tank installations. Kubernetes support is currently in beta, and on Windows Server 2019, they are bringing significant improvements to the computing, storage, and networking components of the Kubernetes cluster.

Microsoft is also continuing to improve the Windows subsystem on Linux (WSL), they previously extended Windows subsystem in Linux (WSL) as insider buildings for Windows Server so that you can run Linux containers in parallel with Windows containers on Windows Server. In Windows Server 2019, they will continue this journey to improve WSL, helping Linux users bring their scripts to Windows while using industry standards such as OpenSSH, Curl & tar.

In Windows Server 2016, Microsoft introduced the first Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) platform known as Direct storage modesand Microsoft is taking a step further in Windows Server 2019 by increasing scale, performance, and reliability. They will also increase the ability to manage HCI deployments in Project Honolulu, to simplify management and day-to-day operations in HCI environments.

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One thing to keep in mind about Windows Server 2019 is that it is a Long Term Service Channel (LTSC) release, which means it is supported for five years and 5 years of extended support. And Semi-annual channel (SAC) The release is scheduled to run concurrently with Windows Server 2019 and will bring container innovation and follow the SAC Publications (SAC) regular support lifecycle of 18 months.

Last but not least, System Center 2019 is also coming and will support Windows Server 2019.

To evaluate and download the Windows Server 2019 preview, you can sign up for the program you found today here.

Until then … Stay tuned!

Cheers,
– Charbel

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