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 a business. While Buck had the right idea, the reality is that this gets held back… Read more

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 help customers protect their datacenter and private cloud from emerging threats. In this post, we’ll cover the… Read more

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 Windows Server. Nano Server offers a dramatically reduced footprint, resulting in lower servicing requirements and… Read more

4 datacenter challenges and how Windows Server 2016 software defined networking can help

This post was written by Ravi Rao, Principal PM Manager, Windows Server team. 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 software defined networking. We’ll begin with 4 challenge areas, move… Read more

Moving forward in the cloud world with software-defined storage

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. To start off, we’re looking at storage and its evolution. Stay tuned for more on software-defined datacenter and the modern application platform.   Storage is a foundational component of the… Read more

A Closer Look at Windows Server and Hyper-V Containers with Mark Russinovich

On the season premiere of Microsoft Mechanics, we demo the new container technology within Windows Server 2016, including a hands-on look at Hyper-V Containers with Azure CTO, Mark Russinovich. Containers are one of the hottest topics in cloud and server and with Windows Server 2016, Microsoft is introducing a medley of new technologies including Windows… Read more

Microsoft Mechanics to bring you the latest on new server options

As technologists, it can be hard to keep up whether it’s to do with understanding new server options or the growing ubiquity of technology approaches for resource management and automation. Beyond the news and our blog announcements, it makes sense that you may want to see the technology for yourself, get broader context and understand… Read more

Windows Server 2016 Installation Option Changes

Last week, we released Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3. If you haven’t yet had a chance to check out the new preview, you can download it here and read more about the preview in this blog post from Mike Schutz. One thing you’ll notice in Technical Preview 3 is an update to the installation… Read more

What makes Nano Server so great?

Windows Server is going through an important transformation that’s been 10 years in the making. Nano Server is a deep rethink of the server architecture. The result is a new, lean cloud fabric host and application development platform that’s a mere 5% of the size of Server Core. Its small size reduces security attack risks…. Read more

Migration is Worth It! Support for Windows Server 2003 Ends Today

It’s hard to believe that, after 12 great years, Windows Server 2003 extended support ends today. Over the last year, many customers have prepared and planned their migrations and have migrated to a modern infrastructure. Two customers that are already experiencing the significant value to their business following their migrations are Pella Corp and The… Read more