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Microsoft makes its fourth technical preview of Windows Server 2016

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November 23, 2015

Earlier today, Microsoft made its fourth technical preview of Windows Server 2016 and System Centre 2016.

The headline item in Windows Server 2016 is Hyper-V containers, Microsoft's container-optimised version of its Hyper-V system.

Like others, the company has decided that there are occasions on which you'll want containers to run under the same kind of rigorous management and with the same isolation often applied to virtual machines.

Overall, hyper-V containers do just that and more-or-less bring Microsoft to parity with VMware, which offers vSphere Integrated Containers alongside the looser arrangements offered by the Photon Platform.

With the new server, the chance to limit administrator rights has been expanded to domain controllers and server maintenance roles.

For its part, System Center 2016 promises “patching of hosts while provisioning, simplified logical network creation, scale-out file server with Storage Spaces Direct and SAN storage automation, and improved storage monitoring.”

There's also integration with Microsoft Operations Management Suite (MOMS), the superset of System Center that adds multi-cloud management-as-a-service.

MOMS looks to be the heir to System Center-- Microsoft is pushing it hard as ideal for hybrid clouds even as it also adds hybrid features to its old-school tool.

Four previews is a lot, so can we conclude anything about the likely release date for Windows Server 2016?

Some features in the new releases are described as “early previews” which suggests there's rather more work to be done.

The posts announcing the new previews also mention plenty of features tweaked in response to customer requests.

Satya Nadella, Microsoft'S CEO is very keen on feedback and consultation, so it seems reasonable to expect more customer-inspired tweakage in the next few weeks.

Another hint can be found in the fact that Microsoft pushed back its U.S. Ignite conference from May to late September 2016.

It also changed venue as Chicago apparently struggled to cope with Ignite 2015, so the move to Atlanta was apparently made with attendee comfort and venue capacity in mind.

Source: Microsoft.

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