Announcing the new VMware migration offer for Windows Server 2016

With the launch of Windows Server 2016, customers have more reasons than ever to switch from VMware to Microsoft. We want to make it an easy decision for VMware customers to switch to Hyper-V, so today we are announcing a new VMware migration offer. Free Windows Server Datacenter licenses when you buy Windows Server Datacenter… Read more

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 important step in ensuring high availability for the cluster itself. This helps to make applications… Read more

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 relentless approach we’ve taken to creating a world-class virtualization platform for our customers. It is also… Read more

What’s new in failover clustering: #07 SMB Multichannel & Multi-NIC cluster networks

This post was authored by Rob Hindman, Senior Program Manager, Windows Server Getting the best performance Building enterprise-grade solutions with Windows Server 2016 is now easier with the new Simplified SMB Multichannel feature in Failover Clustering. A Windows Server 2016 failover cluster will now automatically recognize and configure multiple NICs on the same subnet, greatly… Read more

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