Windows Server 2016 delivers new capabilities to prevent attacks and detect suspicious activity with features to control privileged access, protect virtual machines and harden the platform against emerging threats.
Run your datacenter with a highly automated, resilient, virtualized server operating system.
Windows Server 2016 delivers key networking features used in the Azure datacenters to support agility and availability in your datacenter.
Windows Server 2016 delivers capabilities to help you create a more flexible and cost-efficient datacenter using software-defined compute, storage and network virtualization features inspired by Azure.
Windows Server 2016 includes expanded capabilities in software-defined storage with an emphasis on resilience, reduced cost, and increased control.
Windows Server 2016 delivers new ways to deploy and run your applications – whether on-premises or in Microsoft Azure – using capabilities such as Windows containers and the lightweight Nano Server deployment option.
Identity is the new control plane to secure access to on-premises and cloud resources. It centralizes your ability to control user and administrative privileges to protect your data and applications from malicious attack. At the same time, users are more mobile than ever, and need access to computing resources from virtually anywhere.
Whenever you are ready to transition workloads to the public cloud, you can now leverage your existing investment in Windows Server. The Azure Hybrid Use Benefit allows you to bring your on-premises Windows Server license with Software Assurance to Azure. Rather than paying the full price for a new Windows Server virtual machine, you will only pay the base compute rate.
In contrast to older versions of Windows Server, Microsoft is switching server licensing from per processor to per core licensing for the 2016 version. One Windows Server 2016 license will now cover two cores. The number of licenses required depends on the number of cores in a processor (with 8 cores as a minimum licensing requirement for each server). This means that prices will increase for all new licenses for servers with processors that have more than 8 cores. With Windows Server 2012 R2, any number of cores was covered by a processor license. Now, any number of cores in a server that exceeds the minimum requirement of 8 licenses will mean additional costs compared to Windows Server 2012 R2 when purchasing new licenses.
Price for 16 core licenses Windows Server 2016 = Price for 1 processor license Windows Server 2012 R2
On-premises licenses for servers in CSP announced
Leipzig, 06/27/2018 – Server subscriptions for Azure are an option for renting Windows and SQL Server licenses (for servers that have not already been set up) in CSP. Different server types, as well as CALs, are available. The announcement was made discreetly via the Product Terms in May 2018, which also constitute the only available overview of these new licenses.
Semi-Annual Channel Releases: System Center 1801 is now available
Leipzig, 05/23/2018 – 1801 stands for the first half-year release of 2018: 01 in 18. The idea behind this is that more frequent biannual updates should make it easier for customers to remain technologically in tune with the times. According to Microsoft, Linux Monitoring Support will deliver more efficient VMware backup, additional support for Windows Server, as well as improved performance and usability in the case of System Center 1801. Scheduled support for the biannual release will be available for 18 months.
Improvements to System Center Operations Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, and Data Protection Manager are the focus for System Center Version 1801. Security and bug fixes, as well as support for TLS 1.2, will be available for all System Center components such as Orchestrator, Service Management Automation, and Service Manager.
Microsoft Announces Windows Server 2019 Will be Available Soon
Leipzig, 05/23/2018 – "Windows Server 2019 will be generally available in the second half of calendar year 2018." This is what the Microsoft Director for the Windows Server Program, Erin Chapple, announced in her blog post ‘Introducing Windows Server 2019 – now available in preview.’ The new version will be based on Windows Server 2016, and be suitable for most infrastructure scenarios, including workloads such as Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft SharePoint. The preview is available now.
Announced some time ago, they are now scheduled for rollout: Microsoft is all set to launch the new versions of Windows Server in the second half of 2016. Besides necessary product modifications and new cloud-inspired features, there will be a number of changes to the license rights. Read the full article ...