Microsoft has released its third Technical Preview of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 to the general public. The latest preview of the server version is also the first public build to include support for Microsoft Windows Containers. Containers are an isolated, resource-controlled, and portable operating environment, which allow Windows Server users to run apps away from the main operating system.
The preview also introduces new Nano Server functionality and software-defined datacenter enhancements to help businesses build a solid foundation for modern applications and services.
- Windows Server Containers: Its an isolated place where an application can run without affecting the rest of the system or the system affecting the application.
- Nano Server: Nano Server is an minimal footprint deployment option which can be installed on a physical host, or in a virtual machine. The new Emergency Management Console enables users to view and fix networking configuration directly from the Nano Server console
- Simplified Software-defined Networking: we are delivering a scalable network controller, for centralized network configuration as well as a software load balancer for high availability and performance.
- Extended Security: Shielded VMs, which enable isolation between the underlying host and virtual machines, help protect resources in shared environments. Now you can test creation of a shielded VM from a signed template, along with other aspects of the shielded VM functionality.
- Management: System Center feature enhancements make it easier for you to manage virtualized environments including support for rolling upgrades, shielded VM’s and guarded host support, and automated maintenance windows.
In addition, Microsoft has also improved the Windows Server Antimalware, and added support for OpenGL and OpenCL applications MultiPoint Services into Remote Desktop Services for Windows Server Technical Preview.