What’s New In Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Technical Preview 3?


In the unlikely event that you have not heard, Windows Server 2016 and System Center TP3 is now available for download.

The highlight in this TP3 release is the introduction of Windows Server Containers, Microsoft's container virtualization platform which is part of the Docker open source project. Windows Server Containers can be deployed and managed using both PowerShell or the Docker Client as of today (which Docker announced yesterday).

Containers can be deployed either in Microsoft Azure, running in a TP3 core installation or in a Virtual Machine running on top of Hyper-V (Windows 10 or Windows Server 2016 TP3).

New functionality provided in Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 3:

New functionality provided in System Center 2016 Technical Preview 3:

TP3 provides updates for the following products part of the System Center suite:

Data Protection Manager

  • Protection of data sources in mixed-mode clusters
  • Hyper-V enhanced VM backup using resilient change tracking (RCT)
    • RCT provides a new form of built-in changing tracking for virtual hard disks of Hyper-V VMs, providing better resiliency than change tracking provided by VSS snapshot-based backups.
  • Inquiry performance improvements
  • Reporting enhancements

Operations Manager

  • Maintenance Schedules

Service Manager

  • Write collision avoidance
  • AD connector fixes and configurable sync schedules
  • MPSync job updates
  • Performance improvements

Virtual Machine Manager

  • Management capabilities for guared hosts and shielded VMs
  • Add Microsoft Azure subscription in VMM console
  • Consistent naming of virtual NICs
  • Simpler, more reliable methods for applying network settings consistently to hosts
  • End-to-end Quality of Service (QoS) for storage
  • Support for storage tiers
  • Support for Storage Spaces Direct
  • New storage provisioning and management capabilities
  • New management capabilities for hosts, host clusters and Scale-Out File Server (SOFS)

If you like to test those new features, Microsoft also released so called Experience step by step guides, walking through different scenario’s for the new functionality provided.

Happy testing!

Cheers,

@Charbel

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