Windows Server 2016’s Storage Spaces Direct wins CRN Product of the Year

This month Windows Server 2016 and its Storage Spaces Direct technology won Product of the Year from Computer Reseller News for the Software-defined Storage category. Winners were chosen through a combination of editorial selection and a survey sent to solution providers to capture real-world satisfaction among partners and their customers. The top five finalists in… Read more

Webcast: How to leverage Azure for your Windows Server environment

This blog post was authored by Jeff Woolsey, Principal Program Manager, Microsoft. Hello Windows Server Nation! I spend a lot of time traveling and talking to customers, and I love to hear about all the innovative ways you use Windows Server to run mission-critical workloads. Of course one topic that always comes up is THE… Read more

In practice: How customers are using Shielded Virtual Machines to secure data

You’ve read and heard a lot from Microsoft about the unprecedented security provided by Shielded Virtual Machines in Windows Server 2016, but how is this feature being used by real customers? We decided to round up a few customer stories for you, to illustrate the various real-world benefits being reported by users of Shielded VMs… Read more

1711 update to Project “Honolulu” Technical Preview is now available!

This blog post was authored by Jeff Woolslayer, Program Manager, Windows Server. Project “Honolulu” was announced in September and had a fantastic reception at Ignite. To all of you that have downloaded the Technical Preview and provided feedback via UserVoice, thank you. We’ve been reading your feedback closely and your input drove this update. Today,… Read more

Ask Microsoft Anything: Windows Server Containers

Containers are redefining the way we build and operate reliable systems in the cloud by providing a way to wrap up an application in its own isolated box. For the application in its container, it has no knowledge of any other applications or processes that exist outside of its box. Everything the application depends on… Read more

Windows Server preview build 17035 available for Windows Insiders!

We’re at full speed ahead! Just three weeks ago, we made available Windows Server, version 1709, the first release in the new Semi-Annual Channel release cadence, and today we’re making available the first preview build for the next release in this channel. The preview build 17035 is now available for download for Windows Insiders. The… Read more

Modernize Windows Server backups with Azure Backup

This blog post was authored by Shivam Garg, Principal PM, Azure Backup. Are you still using traditional Windows Server Backup (WSB) to back up your servers to locally attached media or network shares? It’s time to take a hard look at the cloud for your backup needs. Advances in  security and performance make Azure Backup… Read more

FAQ on Windows Server, version 1709 and Semi-Annual Channel

Last week we made available Windows Server, version 1709, the first release in the Semi-Annual Channel, and we’re already seeing many customers deploying it! We’ve received some questions on how this channel works and how customers should utilize it. The goal of this blog post is to answer questions surrounding the new channel and clarify… Read more