Microsoft adds Azure features to Windows Server 2022
Just a month after the launch of Windows Server 2022, users are exploring everything the new platform has to offer, including new features like Hyper-V virtual machine support.
Launched last month, Windows Server 2022 includes multi-layered security, hybrid features with Azure, file server enhancements, container support with Kubernetes, and new tools in Windows Admin Center. Let’s take a closer look at these features.
More integration with Azure: A key feature of Server 2022 is the ability to connect on-premises servers with cloud-based Azure Arc and Azure Stack HCI platforms.
Microsoft recognizes that customers run applications in hybrid and on-premises environments, which is why the company introduced Azure Services for Windows Server.
Microsoft vice president of program management, core operating system and edge infrastructure, Bernardo Caldas, said: “With Azure Arc and Azure Stack HCI, customers can modernize the layers of management and virtualization, respectively. “
Server 2022 also includes new features within Azure. Azure Automanage, currently in preview, brings cloud automation and the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework for Azure, which provides best practice strategies for cloud management. Azure Automanage for Windows Server will allow users to migrate to Azure using file transfer over SMB via QUIC without having to change the network IP address. Additionally, Azure Automange for Windows Server enables patch implementation for Windows Server Azure virtual machines.
Microsoft is also working with Kubernetes to enable container support for Server 2022 and bring functionality to Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) and AKS on Azure Stack HCI. Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) with native support for .NET enables customers to modernize their applications with Kubernetes.
Other improvements: SMB compression in the file server, which improves the transfer of application files by compressing data while it is in transit over a network. Windows Admin Center also includes a new event viewer and gateway proxy support for Azure connected scenarios.
Multi-layered security: Secure-core server enables partners to deliver hardware, firmware, and drivers to secure server systems, and enables IT teams to enforce security across the hardware, firmware, and virtualization layers. Secured Connectivity adds AWS-256 encryption with support for Server Message Block (SMB) and secure encrypted HTTPS.
More Support: Windows Server 2022 supports up to 48 terabytes of memory and 2,048 logical cores running on 64 physical sockets.
Caldas adds, “Customers can also take advantage of the advancements in Windows containers. For example, Windows Server 2022 improves application compatibility of Windows containers, includes HostProcess containers for node configuration, supports IPv6 and dual stack, and enables consistent network policy implementation with Calico.
Windows Server 2022 is available now.