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Microsoft has just released the Technical Preview 4 of Windows Server 2016, the next generation of Windows Server that will provide a wide range of new and enhanced features and capabilities spanning server virtualization, storage, software-defined networking, server management and automation, web and application platform, access and information protection, virtual desktop infrastructure, and more.

To evaluate it just go to the download page: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/evaluate-windows-server-technical-preview

Microsoft LogoThis new build will add several improvements, like:

  • Nano Server. Nano Server now supports the DNS Server and IIS server roles, as well as MPIO, VMM, SCOM, DSC push mode, DCB, Windows Server Installer, and the WMI provider for Windows Update. Its Recovery Console supports editing and repairing the network configuration. A Windows PowerShell module is now available to simplify building Nano Server images.
  • Windows Server Containers: Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview now includes containers, which are an isolated, resource-controlled, and portable operating environment. They are an isolated place where an application can run without affecting the rest of the system or the system affecting the application. For some additional information on containers, see Containers: Docker, Windows and Trends.
  • Nested virtualization: this kernel is mainly the TH2 version of Windows 10 kernel, so it support also the nested virtualization, but with the same limit of the client version.
  • Device passthrough in Microsoft Hyper-V with a new feature called Discrete Device Assignment

For more information see also: what’s new in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 4.

Andrea MauroAbout Andrea Mauro (2489 Posts)

Virtualization & Cloud Architect. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015). PernixPro 2014. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014. MVP 2014. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.


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