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 sessions, including guest appearances by customers and MVP’s who have been working closely with our… Read more

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 delivers new layers of security and Azure-inspired innovation for the applications and infrastructure that power… Read more

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 start up before other “Dependent” VMs in your private cloud. Consider a VM hosting the… Read more

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 be closely monitored to detect issues and react quickly and swiftly. This minimized downtime when… Read more

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 discuss how these two technologies are core pieces of the Windows Server 2016 developer/DevOps solution,… Read more

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 desirable to be able to decouple your deployment from Active Directory. In prior Windows Server… Read more

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, they’re all wrong. Storage is the key. You care about storage because it contains the… Read more

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 production. We also learned that customers added redundancy to their private clouds, thereby increasing CapEx,… Read more

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 in the IT infrastructure that is used to deliver results for your business. When you… Read more

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 Windows Server 2016 represents the next era of Windows Server computing by providing numerous new features… Read more