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 VMs.

A guarded fabric consists of the following.

  • One Host Guardian Service (HGS) - which typically includes a cluster of three nodes
  • One or more guarded Hyper-V hosts
  • A set of shielded VMs.

For a great Guarded Fabric Deployment video that provides an overview of HGS, guarded Hyper-V hosts, and shielded VMs, see the Windows Server 2016 library topic Deploying the Host Guardian Service for guarded hosts and shielded VMs.

For more information, see the Windows Server 2016 library section Guarded fabric and shielded VMs.

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