What IT pros need to know about Windows Server 2022

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Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Server 2022, hailing the new version of the operating system as more secure, hybrid and scalable.

The company announced general availability on Wednesday, but Microsoft has rolled out the latest version of the on-premises system to customers since last month – August 18 to be precise.

Windows Server 2022 is a release of the Long Term Servicing Channel, so it will be supported for 10 years, with five years of standard support and five more of extended support, ending October 14, 2031.

In a blog post, Microsoft vice president of program management, core operating system and edge infrastructure, Bernardo Cladas, discusses some of the features of Windows Server 2022, which include multi-layered security, hybrid capabilities with Azure and scalability improvements.

Security

Windows Server 2022 features several security advancements, including a secure central server, which means Microsoft’s hardware partners have provided hardware, firmware, and drivers to help customers strengthen the security of their critical systems, a writes Cladas.

“It enables IT and SecOps teams to apply comprehensive security in their environment with the advanced protection and preemptive defense of the Secured-core server on the hardware, firmware and virtualization layers,” Cladas wrote.

Secure connectivity is another feature of Windows Server 2022 that adds faster and more secure encrypted HTTPS encryption and standard AES-256 encryption with support for the Server Message Block (SMB) protocol.

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Hybrid capabilities

As cloud computing grows in popularity, Microsoft is introducing cloud services with Windows Server 2022 on-premises by connecting to Azure Arc to help customers take a hybrid or multi-load approach.

According to Cladas, the new version also includes file server enhancements, including SMB compression, to improve the transfer of application files by compressing data as it travels over a network.

For administrators, Windows Admin Center includes a modern server management experience, including a new event viewer and gateway proxy support for Azure connected scenarios.

Scalability and flexibility

Microsoft sees Windows Server 202 as a flexible application platform that allows customers to grow, with enhancements including support for 48TB of memory and 2,048 logical cores running on 64 physical sockets for customers. customers who need Tier 1 applications.

There are also advancements in Windows containers, according to CLadas.

“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,” wrote Cladas.

Microsoft is also working with the Kubernetes community to enable support for Windows Server 2022 containers and bring these new features to Azure Kubernetes Service and AKS on Azure Stack HCI, Cladas wrote.

Customers can also take advantage of new Azure services and service enhancements for Windows Server that allow IT professionals to easily Mirgater to Azured and modernize their IT environment, Cladas says:

On Azure: Azure Automanage (in preview) enables IT professionals not only to automate cloud best practices, but also to put our business expertise into practice with the Microsoft Cloud Adoption Framework. With Azure Automanage for Windows Server, customers can easily migrate to Azure without any change to network IP address, securely perform file transfer to Azure using PME on QUIC, and implement fix for new Windows Server Azure virtual machines.

To modernize existing applications, customers have many options in Azure depending on their application architecture needs. For example, Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS) with native .NET support allows customers to modernize their applications with Kubernetes, the container orchestrator of choice for many.

Finally, when customers move their workloads to Azure, they can experience benefits such as Azure Hybrid Advantage and free extended security updates for Windows Server 2008 and 2012, only on Azure.

Hybrid and on-site: Many customers need to run on-premises applications and services. With Azure Arc and Azure Stack HCI, customers can modernize the management and virtualization layers, respectively. Likewise, customers who want to modernize their on-premises Windows Server applications can use AKS on Azure Stack HCI.

As we continue to introduce new features in Window Server Long Term Servicing Channel (LTSC), we will also enable new scenarios in Azure that will make it easy for customers to modernize their Windows Server computing environment.

For more details on Windows Server 2022, including pricing, visit Microsoft’s Windows Server website here.


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