Guarded Fabric and Shielded Virtual Machines in Windows Server 2016

With the popularity of Hyper-V and Virtual Machines (VMs) deployed on virtual networks, it’s important to ensure the security of the VMs that are running in your environment. As a Cloud Service Provider (CSP) or Enterprise private cloud administrator, you can use Guarded Fabric in Windows Server 2016 to provide a more secure environment for…

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Central Management of Network Policies for All of Your Network Access Servers With NPS

Do you need to deploy a bunch of 802.1X wireless access points for your organization? Or maybe 802.1X-capable Ethernet switches? How about Remote Access VPN servers on physical computers or virtual machines (VMs)? Or maybe you’re using dial-up servers? In all of these cases, you can use Network Policy Server (NPS) in Windows Server 2016…

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Manage Network Bandwidth Across Active Directory Infrastructure with QoS Policy

You can use QoS Policy as a central point of network bandwidth management across your entire Active Directory infrastructure by creating QoS profiles, whose settings are distributed with Group Policy. Policy-based QoS is the network bandwidth management tool that provides you with network control – based on applications, users, and computers. Policy-based QoS takes advantage…

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Deploy Always On VPN with Windows 10 Clients and Windows Server 2016

One of the new features of the Windows 10 Virtual Private Network (VPN) client is the ability to sustain an “always on” VPN connection to your organization network. The always on feature lets you remotely manage VPN clients, because if the remote computer is turned on and Internet connected, it’s available to manage. This feature is…

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How to Update and Backup/Restore Software Defined Networking Infrastructure

After you deploy Software Defined Networking (SDN), you need to periodically install Windows updates on all of the operating system components of the SDN system. This includes the SDN enabled Hyper-V hosts, Network Controller virtual machines (VMs), Software Load Balancer Multiplexor (MUX) VMs, and Remote Access Services (RAS) Multitenant Gateway VMs. It is critical that…

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New DCB and vRSS Networking Docs for Windows Server 2016

As we approach the summer, we have some new Network Offload and Optimization technology documentation to share with you. If you aren’t familiar with Data Center Bridging (DCB), it is a suite of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) standards that enable Converged Fabrics in the data center, where storage, data networking, cluster Inter-Process…

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Converged NIC Configuration Guide for Windows Server 2016

If you have workloads that require low latency and you’re using separate network adapters for Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) and Ethernet traffic loads, you’ll be interested in the new feature Converged network interface card (NIC) in Windows Server 2016. Converged NIC allows you to expose RDMA through a host-partition virtual NIC (vNIC) so that…

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SDN Troubleshooting: Certificates

Software Defined Networking (SDN) Senior Program Manager Anirban Paul continues his contribution to his SDN Troubleshooting series on this blog with the following information about troubleshooting certificate issues in SDN. The rest of this post is provided by Anirban to assist you with your SDN deployment using Windows Server 2016 Datacenter edition. ***** As you…

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Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 Documentation Moves to New Web Location

The Windows Server 2016 and Windows 10 IT Pro documentation is now moved from TechNet to docs.microsoft.com. Following are some URLs so that you can replace your old bookmarks and access the new sites. Windows Server 2016 documentation at https://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/windows-server-2016 Windows Server 2016 Networking documentation at https://docs.microsoft.com/windows-server/networking/networking Windows 10  and Windows 10 Mobile documentation at…

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SDN Troubleshooting: Find the Local SDN RAS Gateway Server IP Address

In his second guest appearance on this blog, Microsoft Senior Program Manager Anirban Paul provides the following advice on how to discover the IP address of the local Software Defined Networking (SDN) RAS Gateway, which you need to know in a couple of different situations when you’ve deployed SDN with Windows Server 2016 Datacenter. Note…

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