Yesterday Microsoft released Technical Preview 3 (TP3) of System Center 2016 and Windows Server 2016.
For any one working in IT I highly recommend to take a closer look at two of the new technologies present in TP3 Windows Server 2016 (some of them were already present in earlier TP versions). IMHO these two technologies are really groundbreaking and will have a huge impact as we ‘do’ IT today.
01: Nano Server
As Jeffrey Snover states: ‘…It's like Server Core, except that it's 20 times smaller. The compressed size or reduced server "footprint" brings a number of benefits, including fewer security vulnerabilities to address, reduced patch and reboot times, and scalability improvements…’
- See Channel 9 where Jeffrey Snover (inventor of PowerShell!) talks about Nano Server, together with Andrew Mason. Besides a lot of humor, this video is very informative and has a low level entrance (200).
- More Channel 9 videos about Nano Server.
- Getting started with Nano Server.
- How to install Nano in a VM.
02: Windows Server Containers
A technology known in the Linux world for some time. It’s also known as stateless (Server) OS virtualization. It’s more lightweight & efficient because it uses the shared resources of a host OS - rather than "heavier" virtual machines (VMs) - to run applications in. A Windows Server Container is deployed in the matter of seconds!
- See Channel 9 where the concept of Windows Server Containers is explained (and demonstrated!) in more detail. This video has also a low level entrance (200).
- MSDN: Windows Server Containers.
- Aidan Finn has written an excellent posting explaining Windows Server Containers in more detail. You don’t need to be a geek to understand this posting .
- Azure Blog posting about Containers technology and Nano Server.
- MSDN: Preparing WS TP for Windows Server Containers.
Other useful links
Besides Nano and Containers there is much more to TP3 of System Center 2016 & Windows Server 2016. Since there are many articles on those topics to be found on the internet, there is no need to repeat it here. Therefore I’ve put together some of the most interesting links all about this topic.