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After the TP4, Microsoft has recently released the new Tecnichal Preview both for System Center 2016 and for Windows Server 2016.

What’s new in System Center 2016 Technical Preview 5:

  • Provides advanced software-defined datacenter support, including managing the lifecycle of Nano Server hosts and virtual machines, simplified deployment of the new Windows Server 2016 software-defined networking components, and support for Storage Spaces Direct and replicated storage volumes.
  • Expands the surface area of monitoring and reduces friction for IT Operations with data-driven alert management that reduces noise and enables faster troubleshooting, scheduling of maintenance windows, increased scale in monitoring of UNIX and Linux servers, and streamlined access to management packs.
  • Enables flexible approaches to Windows management, including in-place upgrade and provisioning packages and profiles, support for new Windows 10 features, a new servicing dashboard and improved mobile device and application management capabilities when connected to Microsoft Intune.

To learn more about the release, check out Microsoft Mechanics System Center 2016.

What’s new in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 5:

  • Additional layers of security to help block today’s sophisticated cyber attacks with features to control privileged access, shield virtual machines and protect your server environment against emerging threats.
  • Delivers new capabilities to help create a more flexible and cost- efficient datacenter using software-defined compute, storage and network virtualization technologies.
  • It includes innovative features to help build and run your applications, such as Windows Server and Hyper-V containers, in addition to the new lightweight Nano Server deployment option.

For more details, check out the recent blog post by Jeffrey Snover and other experts in the Ten reasons you’ll love Windows Server 2016 series.


Virtualization, Cloud and Storage Architect. Tech Field delegate. VMUG IT Co-Founder and board member. VMware VMTN Moderator and vExpert 2010-24. Dell TechCenter Rockstar 2014-15. Microsoft MVP 2014-16. Veeam Vanguard 2015-23. Nutanix NTC 2014-20. Several certifications including: VCDX-DCV, VCP-DCV/DT/Cloud, VCAP-DCA/DCD/CIA/CID/DTA/DTD, MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, CCA, NPP.