Bacloud data center now supports Microsoft Windows Server 2019, providing customers with an easy and flexible way to get up and running with the latest version of Windows Server. Windows Server 2019 is available with dedicated servers and virtual dedicated services ( VPS ) in Europe/Lithuania and USA/Chicago locations.
What's new in Windows server 2019?
Windows Server gives a major update approximately every four years. Since the last major update was in 2016, many people are excited to see what Microsoft has in store for Windows Server users. There are many new features to Windows Server 2019.
Hybrid Capabilities with Azure
For the first time ever, Windows Server is offering Storage Migration Service, which helps keep inventory during data migration. It also keeps track of security settings, and configurations from legacy systems to the Windows Server and/or Azure. Microsoft created the cloud computing service, Azure, for building, testing, and managing applications through a global network of Microsoft data centers. The Admin Center automatically configures the Virtual Private Network and connects it to the Windows Server system. Azure Network Adaptor helps users easily connect to Azure virtual networks.
Another new feature exclusively offered on Windows Server 2019 is the Enhanced Azure AD Authentication, which allows the computer to be used for authentication in the cloud.
Analytics feature called, System Insights is also new to Windows Server 2019. Using machine learning, system insights can analyze your Window system to see how it’s running and help predict how the system will run. This helps users optimize their system in order for it to run efficiently.
Windows Server 2019 helps evolve data center infrastructure to achieve greater efficiency and security. The first one is an improvement for Storage Spaces Direct is Nested Mirror Accelerated Parity, which is resiliency specific for the 2-node S2D cluster. This helps the system survive multiple simultaneous failures.
Windows Server 2019 supports USB Thumb drive (as a cluster witness), which allows 2 node HCI deployments with no additional dependencies.
Deduplication for ReFS is now fully supported to optimize free space on a volume by examining the data for duplicate portions.
There are more monitoring capabilities with Cluster-wide monitoring. This new fully supported feature monitors CPU usage, memory, storage capacity, IOPS, throughput, and latency in real time. This new feature also alerts you when something is wrong.
The new server OS also lets one create large scale-out clusters with greater flexibility without sacrificing resiliency with Cluster Sets.
There is now validated faster reboot time with Kernel Soft Reboot. This reduces application downtime significantly.
Another feature added is the support for Persistent Memory, which offers byte-level access to non-volatile media while also decreasing the latency of storing and recovering data.
Virtual Network Peering is another new feature that delivers high-speed connectivity between two virtual networks. The traffic between the two networks goes through the underlying fabric network with no gateway, but the virtual networks must be part of the same datacenter stamp.
Improved SDN Gateway makes speeds up to 3x as fast for GRE tunnels and IPSec site-to-site VPN.
Precision Time Protocol (PTP) makes time samples more accurate than Network Time Protocol. Allowing devices to add the latency introduced by each network device into the timing measurements allows these more accurate time samples.
The new Server OS supports Leap Second, which are occasional time adjustments in one-second increments made to UTC or Coordinated Universal Time. This helps keep earth time in sync with solar time, which then increases system accuracy, compliance, and traceability.
Network congestion control provider, Latency Optimized Background Transport, is now being used in the new version of Server OS. This helps automatically yield bandwidth to users and application when needed, and saving bandwidth when not in use.
Enhanced Security Capabilities
There are new security measures protecting data center operating systems. A new set of host intrusion prevention capabilities known as, Enhanced Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP), been implemented within the new version of Server OS. This precautionary protection measurement includes attack detection and zero-day exploits.
There are now Shielded VMs for both Windows and Linux systems. These protect each system from attacks and compromised administrators using BitLocker to encrypt the disk.
Another added security feature HGS offline mode for shielded VMs. This allows Virtual Machines to turn on when HGS cannot be reached.
New Cluster Hardening will not require NT Lan Manager. This completely removes the requirement of Active Directory for clusters in Windows Server.
SDN encrypted Subnet, this virtual network encryption delivers the ability for virtual network traffic to be encrypted between VMs that communicate with each other by subnets.
Faster Innovations for Applications
There are also new features that help developers and IT professionals to design and build cloud-native applications and modernize traditional applications using containers and microservices. The first new one is Linux Containers. This allows app admins to manage both Windows and Linux apps in one system, which reduces overhead costs regarding management.
Server Core Base Container Image will shorten download times to help optimize time and performance.
There are significant improvements in computing, storage, and networking components with the new Kubernetes Platform Support.
App developers and administrators can now use tools in Linux ecosystems with Command Prompt and PowerShell with the new Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) feature. WSL also allows a way to run a Linux userspace, such as Ubuntu, on top of Windows. This feature will help those who are experienced with Linux hosting, both a Virtual Private Server or Windows dedicated servers.
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