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How to Secure an ARM-based Windows Virtual Machine RDP access in Azure

 

Hi, Mark Rowe here, and I am the creator of Augmented Living, a Developer/Architect for Microsoft’s Modern Applications Solution Center as a senior consultant, and a long-time Microsoft fanboy and blogger.

One of the most hit aspects of security …

How to find the SDN gateway local address for BGP peering in Windows Server 2016

Few days back, I had written a blog post about some issues being faced by Software Defined Networking (SDN) customers. The issue was specific to changing VPN bandwidth settings in Windows Server 2016. You can read more about that issue …

Error Adding Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 2016 LTSB Product Keys to VAMT 3.1

My name is Shannon Gowen and I am a Serviceability Support Escalation Engineer for Windows Client and Server Beta. This is a short blog describing an issue that you might see utilizing the Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) with Windows …

Storage Spaces Direct with Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X

Hello, Claus here again. Today Intel is announcing the Intel® Optane™ SSD DC P4800X device family, and of course Windows Server 2016 Storage Spaces Direct will support this device. The P4800X device promises better latency and better endurance, so

Survey: File Server Usage

Hi folks,

To prioritize and plan for investments in vNext experiences for Windows Server, we could use input from you! We would like to understand more about how you are utilizing Windows File Server, especially as it relates to the …

Optimizing Linux Performance on Hyper-V

Hi all, this is Kevin Kelling and I’m a PFE with Microsoft focused on both Hyper-V and Azure.  Today I’d like to talk about the performance of Linux workloads on both Hyper-V and Azure. Every now and then we are …

Storage Spaces Direct throughput with iWARP

Hello, Claus here again. It has been a while since I last posted here and a few things have changed since last time. Windows Server has been moved into the Windows and Devices Group, we have moved to a new …

Troubleshoot Configuring SDN RAS Gateway VPN Bandwidth Settings in Virtual Machine Manager

I wanted to share some of my experiences with debugging Windows Server 2016 Software Defined Networking (SDN) related customer issues. These issues are related to SDN RAS Gateways.If you’ve deployed Software Defined Networking (SDN) in Windows Server 2016 Datacenter by

Work Folders for iOS can now upload files!

Work Folders for iOS can now upload files!

Hi.

We are happy to announce, that we’ve just released an update to the Work Folders app on iOS that now allows anyone to upload pictures and documents from other apps, take …

Top Ten Issues with Active Directory Trusts and Corporate Mergers

Hey Everyone. Randy, Premier Field Engineer, here to discuss some lessons learned from working with a recent merger between two corporations. I don’t have enough time or space to go into the details of this major endeavor, so I am …

Live Migration via Constrained Delegation with Kerberos in Windows Server 2016

Introduction

Many Hyper-V customers have run into new challenges when trying to use constrained delegation with Kerberos to Live Migrate VMs in Windows Server 2016.  When attempting to migrate, they would see errors with messages like “no credentials are available …

Windows Server 2016 Data Deduplication users: please install KB3216755!

Hi folks!

Based on several customer bug reports, we have issued a critical fix for Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2016 in the most recent Windows update package, KB3216755. This patch fixes an issue where corruptions may appear in …

Build an Inexpensive Learning Machine

This blog post brought to you by eighteen year veteran Microsoft Premier Field Engineer David Morgan.

Goal of this Post

In this post, I’ll be showing you one method you can build out an entire environment that you can use

Turn on that Scary DC

Stephen Mathews here; now tell me, do you have a domain controller you’re afraid to turn on? Maybe it lost power and nobody noticed for a couple months or you don’t trust your AD restore procedures; perhaps a troubled DC …

Cluster size recommendations for ReFS and NTFS

Microsoft’s file systems organize storage devices based on cluster size. Also known as the allocation unit size, cluster size represents the smallest amount of disk space that can be used to hold a file. Both ReFS and NTFS support multiple …

The Case of the Vanishing Static Reverse DNS Records

Hey everyone! PFE Tim Beasley here coming to you live from the warm, cozy sands of Bora Bora…Pfft yeah. I wish! … No I’m in Missouri…where it’s miserably winter outside. But I digress, I am writing this post to hopefully …

Why Bitlocker takes longer to complete the encryption in Windows 10 as compared to Windows 7

Hello, my name is Ritesh Sinha and I am a Support Escalation Engineer on the Windows team.  Today’s blog will cover “Why Bitlocker takes longer to complete the encryption in Windows 10 as compared to Windows 7”.

A …

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10

Hello everyone, my name is David Loder, long-time reader, first-time PFE blogger, based out of Detroit, Michigan. And I have a confession to make. I hate servers. Or more precisely I hate logging in to servers.

If you’ve been …

Basic Network Capture Methods

Hi everyone. This is Michael Rendino, a Premier Field Engineer from Charlotte, NC and former member of the CTS networking support team. With my networking background, I have spent years reviewing network captures. One thing I always run into with …

Convert a Federated Domain in Azure AD to Managed and Use Password Sync – Step by Step

Hi all! I am Bill Kral, a Microsoft Premier Field Engineer, here to give you the steps to convert your on-premise Federated domain to a Managed domain in your Azure AD tenant. In this case, we will also be using

Announcing Extended Support for WSUS 3.0 SP2

Hi everyone! Brandon Wilson here just passing along a friendly note that consumers of WSUS will probably be jumping for joy to hear. Nathan Mercer and Michael Niehaus have published some useful news in this blog post (contents can also …

Deep Dive: The Storage Pool in Storage Spaces Direct

Hi! I’m Cosmos. Follow me on Twitter @cosmosdarwin.

Review

The storage pool is the collection of physical drives which form the basis of your software-defined storage. Those familiar with Storage Spaces in Windows Server 2012 or 2012R2 will remember …

Webinar – Windows Server 2016: Better Security starts at the OS

We know security is a top priority for you and your company. In the last few years we’ve seen an increased number of companies breached, information leaked and cybersecurity cases in the news. Clearly every organization needs to strengthen its …

Adobe Flash support on Windows Server 2016

With the changes that have occurred to further align the Windows Server and Client desktop experiences, one of the most commonly asked questions is “Does Windows Server 2016 ship with Adobe Flash?”

Answer: Adobe is included and does ship …

KMS Activation for Windows Server 2016

Hi everyone.  Graeme Bray here with a quick article around KMS and Server 2016.  KMS and Server 2016 you say?  Shouldn’t I be using Active Directory Based Activation?  Yes, you should, but in case you are not, let’s go over …

Storage Spaces Direct with Persistent Memory

Howdy, Claus here again, this time with Dan Lovinger.

At our recent Ignite conference we had some very exciting results and experiences to share around Storage Spaces Direct and Windows Server 2016. One of the more exciting ones that you …

TLS for Windows Standards-Based Storage Management (SMI-S) and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM)

In a previous blog post, I discussed setting up the Windows Standards-Based Storage Management Service (referred to below as Storage Service) on Windows Server 2012 R2. For Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager, configuration is …

Squeezing hyper-convergence into the overhead bin, for barely $1,000/server: the story of Project Kepler-47

This tiny two-server cluster packs powerful compute and spacious storage into one cubic foot.

This tiny two-server cluster packs powerful compute and spacious storage into one cubic foot.

The Challenge

In the Windows Server team, we tend to focus on going big. Our enterprise customers and service providers are increasingly relying on Windows as …

Appreciating the Windows Server 2016 Desktop Experience

We’ve talked a lot about Nano Server in this blog, but we know many customers will still appreciate the full desktop experience on Windows Server. Here’s what you get when you install that option and why you would want to …

Enabling Windows Server 2016 and Hyper-V virtualization based security features on other platforms

This post was authored by Mike Schutz, General Manager, Cloud Platform.

Security is a top-of-mind topic for every organization. This is why Microsoft is investing deeply to provide advanced security across our technology portfolio. With the launch of Windows Server

Installing Exchange Server 2016 on Windows Server 2016

Exchange Server 2016 CU3 and later supports installation on Windows Server 2016. The installation process for Exchange on Windows Server 2016 is much the same as installing previous builds of Exchange 2016 on Windows Server:

  1. Install the Exchange 2016 pre-requisites

Windows Server 2016 Evaluation Edition Available for Download

Happy Monday folks and what a great Monday it is. Microsoft Ignite is taking place this week. I’m super excited for all the announcements that will take place this week and the great things ahead. For those of you that …

Sneak preview of Windows Server 2016 for SDCC

Check out this post on our new Hybrid Cloud blog for some demos of the new software-defined datacenter features in Windows Server 2016.

 …

Exchange Server Support for Windows Server 2016

With the release of Exchange Server 2016 CU3, Microsoft has announced the support for running Exchange Server with Windows Server 2016. Note that these announcements are for general availability of Windows Server 2016 (expected to be announced at Ignite 2016), …

Stop using SMB1

Hi folks, Ned here again and today’s topic is short and sweet:

Stop using SMB1. Stop using SMB1. STOP USING SMB1!

Earlier this week we released MS16-114, a security update that prevents denial of service and remote code …

A Bit About the Windows Servicing Model

Hello, Paul Bergson back again with a discussion on the upcoming changes to our monthly patch releases to align down-level supported operating systems, updating practices to coincide with the Windows 10 Service Model. This includes Windows 7/8/8.1 and Windows Server

Windows Server 2016 Dedup Documentation Now Live!

Hi all!

We just released the Data Deduplication documentation for Windows Server 2016 over on TechNet! The new documentation includes a more detailed explanation of how Dedup works, crisper guidance on how to evaluate workloads for deduplication, …

WPT: Peeking at Logon Delays

Hi everyone, Randolph Reyes (Randy) here with another blog contribution. In this particular engagement, I was working doing an Active Directory Offline Security Assessment (awesome delivery), and one employee with knowledge of using Windows Performance Toolkit stopped me on my

What’s new in failover clustering: #08 Cloud Witness

This post was authored by Amitabh Tamhane, Program Manager, Windows Server

Introduction

The primary goal of failover clustering in Windows Server is to provide a reliable infrastructure to make workloads highly available. Configuring quorum correctly for failover clusters is an …

Microsoft a leader in Gartner x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure 2016 Magic Quadrant

We’re incredibly excited to share that for the sixth year in a row, Microsoft was named a Leader by Gartner in the x86 Server Virtualization Infrastructure Magic Quadrant. We are honored by this continued recognition because it validates the …

Storage IOPS update with Storage Spaces Direct

Hello, Claus here again. I played one of my best rounds of golf in a while at the beautiful TPC Snoqualmie Ridge yesterday. While golf is about how low can you go, I want to give an update on how …

Don’t miss the launch of Windows Server and System Center 2016 at Ignite

Recently we announced our plans to launch Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 at the Ignite Conference in Atlanta on September 26-30. We hope you can join us for the fun! We are working on a full set of …

Passing through devices to Hyper-V VMs by using discrete device assignment

Summary: Learn how to attach a device from your Hyper-V host to your VM by using a new feature of Windows Server 2016.

Today we have a guest blogger, Rudolf Vesely, who has blogged here on previous occasions. Here …

Windows Server 2016 new Current Branch for Business servicing option

We are excited to announce the official launch of Windows Server 2016 will be at the Ignite conference this Fall. We hope you can join us in Atlanta for the excitement! Windows Server 2016 is the cloud-ready operating system that …

What’s new in failover clustering: #06 Virtual machine start ordering

This post was authored by Subhasish Bhattacharya, Program Manager, Windows Server

Introduction: “Special” virtual machines

Not all virtual machines (VMs) in your production deployment are created equal… some are just special! Therefore, it is important for these “Utility” VMs to …

What’s new in failover clustering: #05 Resilient private cloud

This post was authored by Subhasish Bhattacharya, Program Manager, Windows Server.

Introduction

In the past, in a world of reliable but expensive SANs, an aggressive high-availability strategy designed to fail fast was most optimal. The health of the system would …

The Windows Server 2016 Application Platform – Nano Server, Containers and DevOps

This post was authored by Andrew Mason, Principal Program Manager on the Nano Server team.

There has been a lot of press on Nano Server and Containers as new technologies coming in Windows Server 2016. In this blog post we’ll …

Comparing Windows Server 2016 Nano TP5 Provisioning Time to GUI/Core Installation Options

Foreword

Hello again from Prague! Here is Jaromir and, in this post, I’ll show you how you can play with ws2016lab to measure I/O consumption of each server installation option.

I decided to compare the Nano Server IO footprint to …

What’s new in failover clustering: #04 Workgroup and multi-domain clusters

This post was authored by Subhasish Bhattacharya, Program Manager, Windows Server

Introduction: Active Directory integration with your private cloud

Active Directory integration provides significant value for most of the private cloud deployments. However, for a subset of scenarios, it is …

What’s new in failover clustering: #3 Stretched Clusters

This post was authored by Ned Pyle, Principal Program Manager, Windows Server

Why should you care about clustered storage? Everyone’s talking about apps, mobile, DevOps, containers, platforms. That’s cutting edge stuff in the IT world. Storage is boring, right?

Well, …

Network Device Naming in Hyper-V

In Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 we have introduced a set of new capabilities around managing virtual network adapters.  One of the really handy ones is network device naming.  This allows you to easily differentiate between different network adapters …

What’s new in failover clustering: #02 Cluster Node Fairness

This post was authored by Subhasish Bhattacharya, Program Manager, Windows Server.

Introduction: Optimizing your private cloud

In our discussions with customers, we learned that a key consideration for private cloud deployments is the capital expenditure (CapEx) required to go into …

What’s new in failover clustering: #01 Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade

This post was authored by Rob Hindman, Senior Program Manager, Windows Server.

Better agility for your private cloud

We asked what you needed in the next release of Windows Server and we heard you clearly: you have made significant investments …

Moving forward with PowerShell and Windows Server 2016

This post was authored by Keith Bankston, Senior Program Manager, Windows Server.

Jeffrey Snover talked about the various eras for Windows Server in his recent blog titled, Ten reasons you’ll love Windows Server 2016 #10: Nano Server, adding that …

Cut your network port count per server by 50% with Windows Server 2016

This post was authored by Don Stanwyck, Senior Program Manager, Windows Server.

Network complexity is largely driven by the number of nodes connected to it and the number of paths between them. The situation is compounded when multiple protocols operate …

Storage throughput with Storage Spaces Direct (TP5)

Hello, Claus here again. Dan and I recently received some Samsung PM1725 NVMe devices. These have 8 PCIe lanes, so we thought we would put them in a system with 100Gbps network adapters and see how fast we could make …

What’s new in Storage Replica for Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5

Hiya folks, Ned here again. Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5’s release brings you a number of new Storage Replica features, some of which we added directly from your feedback during the preview loop:

  • Asynchronous stretch clusters now supported
  • RoCE

A closer look at shielded VMs in Windows Server 2016

This post was authored by Jeff Woolsey, Principal Program Manager, Windows Server.

On this week’s Microsoft Mechanics show, we bring you Dean Wells and Matt McSpirit to demonstrate Shielded VMs – another reason why you should be evaluating Windows Server …

Telemetry insights for Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016

As we prepare to deliver the newest versions of our Windows Server and System Center products later this year, we want to let our customers know more about our telemetry process to help them understand what we collect and how …

Storage Spaces Direct in Azure (TP5)

Hello, Claus here again. Enjoying the great weather in Washington and enjoying the view from my office, I thought I would share some notes about standing up Storage Spaces Direct using virtual machines in Azure and create a shared-nothing Scale-Out …

New Windows Server 2016 Capability: Use Azure SQL DB for your Remote Desktop Connection Broker high availability environment

Hi everyone. This has been a busy week for Remote Desktop, as Microsoft has released Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5! In this version, we have made it even easier to deploy a full, highly available Remote Desktop Services deployment. …

Join us for a webinar on Windows Server 2016 this week

What are you doing on Thursday? Why not join us for a webinar? We finished our ten post series  on the ten reasons you’ll love Windows Server 2016. Two of our favorite speakers –  Jeff Woolsey, principal program manager, and …

Failover Cluster Node Fairness in Windows Server 2016

Windows Server 2016 introduces the Node Fairness feature to optimize the utilization of nodes in a Failover Cluster. During the lifecycle of your private cloud, certain operations (such as rebooting a node for patching), results in the Virtual Machines (VMs) …

Automatic Configuration in Storage Spaces Direct TP5

Hello, Claus here again. This time we’ll take a look at the work done around simplifying the deployment of Storage Spaces Direct (S2D).

If you have been following along, you know that once you form a cluster you would 1) …

NVMe, SSD and HDD storage configurations in Storage Spaces Direct TP5

Hello, Claus here again. This time we’ll take a look at the work we’ve done to support systems with three tiers of storage (NVMe + SSD + HDD) in Storage Spaces Direct (S2D).

If you’re familiar with Storage Spaces …

FREE EBOOK: Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview

 

The Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview book from Microsoft Press is now available. You can download it for FREE and it’s available in both standard and mobile PDF formats. This is a great way for you and our …

What’s new in Storage Spaces Direct Technical Preview 5

Hello, Claus here again. We got some more goodies for you in Storage Spaces Direct with the Windows Server Technical Preview 5 release. The key updates are:

  • Automatic Configuration
  • Managing Storage Spaces Direct using Virtual Machine Manager
  • Chassis and Rack

PowerShell for Docker

For the last couple of months I have been conflicted when working with containers.  Do I use PowerShell – or do I use Docker?  Both have their advantages.  Well – thankfully this dilemma will soon be a thing of the …

Ten reasons you’ll love Windows Server 2016 #9: Containers

This post was authored by Matt McSpirit, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft. It is the ninth post in the “Ten reasons you’ll love Windows Server 2016” series.

Today I got to talk with Taylor Brown, principal lead program manager for Windows …

Deploying and Configuring Windows Nano Server 2016 TP4

Introduction

Hello Everyone! Allen Sudbring here, Platforms PFE in the central region. Today I wanted to share some information I have been working on with my customers concerning Microsoft’s newest version of Window Server, Nano Server. Nano Server is a …

Ten reasons you’ll love Windows Server 2016 #8: Security

This post, authored by Matt McSpirit, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, is #8 in the “Ten reasons you’ll love Windows Server 2016” series.

In this episode Matt interviews Nir Ben-Zvi, a principal program manager in the Windows Server product group. Nir …

Ten reasons you’ll love Windows Server 2016 #6: Software-defined Compute

This is the sixth post in the “Ten Reasons You’ll Love Windows Server 2016” video series by Matt McSpirit, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft.

Today, Matt talks to Mathew John, Principal Group Program Manager for Hyper-V and Containers. Mathew’s team is …

Ten reasons you’ll love Windows Server 2016 #5: Software defined storage

This is the fifth post in the “Ten Reasons You’ll Love Windows Server 2016” videos by Matt McSpirit, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft.

In this episode Matt interviews Elden Christensen, a Principal Program Manager in the Windows Server product group. Elden …

Ten Reasons you’ll love Windows Server 2016 #4: Remote Desktop Services

Improved graphics, performance and cloud capabilities

This is post #4 in the “Ten Reasons You’ll Love Windows Server 2016” video series by Matt McSpirit, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft.

In today’s edition, Matt introduces you to Clark Nicholson, Principal Program Manager …

Ten reasons you’ll love Windows Server 2016 #3: Server management tools

Manage Windows Server from anywhere

This is the third post in the “Ten Reasons You’ll Love Windows Server 2016” video series by Matt McSpirit, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft.

Today, Matt interviews Samuel Li, Senior Program Manager on the Windows Server …

Configuring Nano Server and Dedup

Data Deduplication is a feature of Windows Server since Windows Server 2012 that can reduce the on-disk footprint of your data by finding and removing duplication within a volume without compromising its fidelity or integrity. For more information on Data …

Ten reasons you’ll love Windows Server 2016 #2: Active Directory and Identity

More on-premises control over user and administrator access for a cloud-first, mobile-first world

This is the second post in the “Ten Reasons you’ll love Windows Server 2016” video series by Matt McSpirit, Technical Evangelist at Microsoft.

Today, he introduces us …

Ten reasons you’ll love Windows Server 2016 #1: PowerShell and DSC

Manage your servers “DevOps-style” and share code with the PowerShell community

In his “Ten Reasons you’ll love Windows Server 2016” video series, technical evangelist Matt McSpirit introduces you to some of the experts behind the most exciting new features in …

Quick Survey: Your plans for WS 2016 block replication and Azure

Heya folks, Ned here again with a quick (only 4 questions) survey on how you plan to use block replication, Storage Replica, and Azure in the coming months after RTM of Windows Server 2016. Any feedback is highly appreciated.

https://microsoft.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0U6b2tbhVmaImnX

Data Deduplication in Windows Server 2016

Since we introduced Data Deduplication (“Dedup” for short) in Windows Server 2012, the Dedup team has been hard at work improving this feature and our updates in Windows Server 2016 are no exception. When we started planning for Windows Server …

Hardware options for evaluating Storage Spaces Direct in Technical Preview 4

Note: this post originally appeared on https://aka.ms/clausjor by Claus Joergensen.

Hello, Claus here again. Right now I am at terminal B9 at Copenhagen Airport starting my trip back to the United States. This time I would like to talk a …

Storage Spaces Direct in Technical Preview 4

Note: this post originally appeared on https://aka.ms/clausjor by Claus Joergensen.

Hello, Claus here again. This time we are going to take a look at a couple of the key enhancements to Storage Spaces Direct that are coming alive in Windows …

Storage Spaces Direct – Under the hood with the Software Storage Bus

Note: this post originally appeared on https://aka.ms/clausjor by Claus Joergensen.

Hello, Claus here again, this time at 30,000 feet on a plane going back to Denmark for my dad’s 80th birthday. I think it is time that we explore …

Microsoft and Intel showcase Storage Spaces Direct with NVM Express at IDF ’15

Note: this post originally appeared on https://aka.ms/clausjor by Claus Joergensen.

This week I am at Intel Developer Forum 2015 in San Francisco, where we are showing a performance demo of Storage Spaces Direct Technical Preview with Intel NVM Express disk …

Storage Spaces Direct

Note: this post originally appeared on https://aka.ms/clausjor by Claus Joergensen.

Storage Spaces Direct enables service providers and enterprises to use industry standard servers with local storage to build highly available and scalable software defined storage for private cloud. Enabling Storage …

Deploy an entire Windows Server 2016 Software Defined Storage lab in minutes

Heya folks, Ned here again. Superstar Microsoft PFE Jaromir Kaspar recently posted a Windows Server 2016 lab creation tool on CodePlex and I highly recommend it. Download the Windows Server 2016 ISO file and bing-bang-bong, the tool kicks out an …

PFE Days: Microsoft Irvine office: Thursday, March 24th, 2016: Vital Signs Express featuring the CLUE

Hi all, 

If you guys are in the Irvine, Orange County area, stop by for 2-3 hours of automating the Windows client and server performance troubleshooting using CLUE.

• Have you been manually setting up Perfmon/PAL and Windows Performance Toolkit …

Previewing Server 2016 TP4: Temporary Group Memberships

Disclaimer: Windows Server 2016 is still in a Technical Preview state – the information contained in this post may become inaccurate in the future as the product continues to evolve.

Hello, Ryan Ries here again with some juicy new Active …

Disable VMConsoleSupport???

In Windows 10 / Windows Server 2016 we have two, rather odd, new PowerShell cmdlets:

Disable-VMConsoleSupport
Enable-VMConsoleSupport

These cmdlets respectively remove and add the video adapter, mouse and keyboard from the virtual machine (note – they only work on a …

Building your own integration service for Hyper-V

Over time many people have asked me how they can extend Hyper-V integration services.  There are all sorts of reasons for wanting to do this – maybe you want to build your own automation system, or maybe you want to …

Manage your Windows Server from anywhere

We are pleased to announce the public preview of Server Management tools, a set of web-based remote GUI tools that can be used to manage installations of Windows Server 2016 (now in technical preview). This is a free set of …

Changes to Remote Management using Hyper-V Manager

In Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 we have made some significant changes to the way Hyper-V Manager connects to a remote system.  From an end-user perspective there are a couple of new things that we now support:

  • You can

Developers: Check out the Nano Server installation option in Windows Server 2016

As organizations move toward modern DevOps practices, the role of the operating system needs to evolve to support both the “Dev” and the “Ops” part of the equation. 

In November we released Technical Preview 4 of Windows Server 2016, including …

New Support for Windows Server Data Deduplication in Limited Local Hyper-V Configurations

A popular request from our customer base for Windows Server Data Deduplication has been to support the Hyper-V scenarios (i.e., VDI and virtualized backup) on storage local to the Hyper-V server. This “hyper-converged” configuration uses a single server or cluster

Improved Remote Desktop Connection Broker Performance with Windows Server 2016 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Hotfix (KB3091411)

Hi everyone, this is Christian Montoya from the Remote Desktop team. I am writing to let you know of performance improvements we have made to the Remote Desktop (RD) Connection Broker in both Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4 and …

Data Deduplication in Windows Server Technical Preview 4

With the release of Windows Server Technical Preview 4, I’d like to send one primary message to all of our customers using or evaluating Windows Server Data Deduplication (which I assume applies to you since you are reading this posting!):

Make innovation easier with Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Technical Preview 4

Doing more with less has been a theme for IT for years. The name of the game today is speed. The move to the cloud-first world is about getting ahead of the competition. New apps and new features for apps …

Designing Windows Server in the cloud-first world

This post was authored by Jeffrey Snover, Microsoft Technical Fellow

“There is an unlimited demand for computing.”  That is what Buck Rodgers said in his great 1988 book The IBM Way. Buck connected the dots between computing and growing …

Protecting your datacenter and cloud: November update

This post was authored by the Windows Server Security and Assurance Team

Six months ago, in a previous blog post “Protecting your datacenter and cloud from emerging threats” we introduced our strategy and direction on how Microsoft can …

Moving to Nano Server, the new deployment option in Windows Server 2016

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be publishing more on Windows Server 2016 and the key capabilities coming in the next wave of Microsoft datacenter solutions. In this installment we’ll be looking at Nano Server, the new headless deployment option for