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Windows Server insider preview build 16237 adds several new features

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July 17, 2017

Today Microsoft has shown us a few of its plans in delivering twice-yearly updates to Windows Server by revealing the first-ever insider build of the operating system.

However, the internet community still doesn't understand the company's decision to do only twice yearly updates when there are so many security vulnerabilities discovered almost daily.

Almost always, Microsoft has provided PCs and servers security updates once a month, commonly called 'Patch Tuesday'. We're still waiting to hear from the company on that one.

Available for users who register with a corporate Active Directory credential, Windows Server insider preview build 16237 adds several new features that emphasises Microsoft's current trend towards microservices, software-defined-everything and containers.

Among the additions users may find interesting are new features to let Hyper-V virtual machines access non-volatile memory, improved networking between containers and various optimisations that reduce the size of Windows Core by about 20 percent.

Windows Nano Server is also smaller, as it's excised WMI, PowerShell, .NET Core, and the Servicing stack.

A new “Battery Passthrough” feature let your VMs have the same battery state as the host they are on, Microsoft asserts.

Another notable addition to all of this is the application of Microsoft's shielded VMs security technology to Linux guests.

But for all intents and purposes, the release of the first Insider builds is significant because in September the features on offer will transform into Microsoft's first-ever release in Windows Server's “Semi-annual Channel”, we are told.

That channel will see new releases of Windows Server appear twice a year, but with only eighteen months of support. Such releases will focus on cloud-and-container-centric uses.

The “Long-Term Servicing Channel” will update every three years or so, mirroring Windows Server's current update cadence, and then attract long term support.

Microsoft has also started to support Windows Server 2016 for its Azure Backup service that sees VMs mirrored to the cloud for either backup or failover.

That new update to Azure backup also adds supports for vSphere 6.5. Again, we don't know why Microsoft would want to reduce the frequency of its regular security updates by such a wide factor but we are still waiting to hear from the company.

Source: Microsoft.


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