Microsoft previews Windows Server 2022

Microsoft used its recent Ignite event to announce that Window Server 2022 is now in preview.

Against a backdrop of growing cybersecurity threats and incidents, Microsoft is prioritizing security, and Windows Server 2022 will include a number of new features:

Advanced multi-layer security

One of the new capabilities introduced is secured-core server, which brings powerful threat protection together to provide multi-layer security across hardware, firmware, and the operating system.

Credential Guard provides preventative defense for sensitive assets like credentials, and HVCI applied hardware.

Finally, secured connectivity adds an additional layer of security during transport for advanced protection.

Hybrid capabilities with Azure

Microsoft is introducing new features with an aim to enable customers to take advantage of cloud innovation with their on-premises investments.

Azure Arc lets customers manage, secure and govern Windows Server on-premises, at the edge, or in multi-cloud environments, from a single control plane in Azure.

Updates to Storage Migration Service will allow customers to migrate file servers from NetApp FAS to Window servers. By using Storage Migration Service to migrate data to servers, customers can maintain low latency while simultaneously reducing their on-premises storage footprint.

Flexible application platform

Recognizing that customers use Windows Server to run large-scale and distributed applications, Microsoft have turned their attention towards platform capabilities and tools.

Several improvements are being added to Windows Containers, including application compatibility and the Windows Container experience with Kubernetes. Reducing the Windows Container image size means a faster download and better performance for customers. It is also now possible to run applications that depend on Azure Active Directory with group Managed Services Accounts (gMSA) without domain joining the container host.

Windows Admin Center tool has also been updated to make it easier to containerize .NET applications.

Windows Server 2022 will be the next Long-Term Service Channel (LTBC) and will be generally released later this year, although we don’t yet have a date for this.

Organizations who wish to try out the new versions can download the Windows Server 2022 preview or utilize Azure for their evaluation. By using the preview, companies can work to ensure LoB systems are stable on the new release, so they can take full advantage of the new version from the release date.

Find out more about Windows 2022 here.

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Ben Simpson

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