Switching to a new server system or upgrading from one version to another can be tricky. We get so used to our regular pattern of movements that any change in the flow can disrupt work for a few days. But once you learn the new layout and features, you’ll find that they improve your flow overall. Windows Server 2019 is a powerful server system that can help you work better and faster with new improvements and updates. Here’s everything you need to know about Windows Server 2019.
General Updates and Improvements
Windows 2019 comes with a variety of new tools and powerful upgrades to older versions of Windows Server tools.
- Windows Admin Center
The Windows Admin Center comes ready to use when Windows Server 2019 is employed. This browser-based app is locally deployed and allows you to manage servers, clusters, Windows 10 PCs, and hyper-converged infrastructure. Any servers and clusters that run Windows Server 2008 R2 or later can benefit from the power of the Windows Admin Center.
- Desktop Experience
When setting up Windows Server 2019, you can choose between a simple Server Core installation or an updated Desktop Experience installation. Windows Server 2019 is a Long-Term Servicing Channel, allowing you to take advantage of tools and services that Semi-Annual Channel releases don’t include. With the desktop experience, you have greater control over your servers with more ease.
- System Insights
The newest available feature provided by Windows Server 2019 is System Insights. System Insights brings local, predictive analytics capabilities directly to Windows Server. Backed by a machine-learning model, the capabilities of the new insight system allow for local analyzation of Windows Server system data. With this, you can keep track of performance counters and events while gaining insight into the functioning of your servers. With proper use, System Insights helps you reduce operational expenses that comes with reactively managing issues.
With Windows Server 2019, you get a unique and powerful hybrid cloud feature that improves app compatibility. By merging the components from Windows Server with the Desktop Experience, you can easily integrate other app usage, such as Azure. This process reduces the need to add the Windows Server Desktop Experience graphical environment, keeping the Server Core lean to increase functionality and speed.
The Server Core App Compatibility Feature on Demand (FOD) is an optional add-on feature. It can be added to Windows Server Core installations using DISM and is hosted on a separate ISO.
Windows Server 2019 includes a variety of updates to safety and security measures that help protect your servers and personal data.
- Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)
With Windows Defender ATP Exploit Guard, your server and data are more protected than ever before. This new set of host-intrusion prevention capabilities keeps you safe with four powerful components defending against a wide variety of cyberthreats.
- Software Defined Networking (SDN)
Introduced in Windows Server 2016, the security enhancements of Software Defined Networking have been improved and expanded to provide better protection.
With HTTP/2, you get a faster and safer Web experience. Improved coalescing of connections allows you to browse properly encrypted websites uninterrupted. The server-side cipher suite negotiation has been upgraded for ease of deployment and mitigation of connection failures. Windows Server has also updated the TCP congestion provider to Cubic so users can get more throughput.
Windows Server 2019 has upgraded their storage software. These changes provide users with increased storage availability and processing speed.
- Storage Migration
Windows 2019 introduces a new storage migration technology that makes migrating servers to new Windows versions easier. When you utilize the Storage Migration Services, you don’t have to worry about changing any settings or risking app incompatibility. Everything moves over smoothly and quickly so you can continue on your way.
- Storage Spaces Direct
Many upgrades have been made to Storage Spaces Direct. With these changes, you get full support for the Windows Admin Center, up to 4 PB scale per cluster, native support for persistent memory, and more. These enhanced features allow you to store more data and improve your server’s performance.
- Storage Replica
Storage Replica has also been given a thorough update. New features allow you to log Storage Replica performance improvements to see how you can tweak or fine-tune your storage settings. The new test failover features also help you validate replication or backup data, so you know your storage is up to date and secure.
Windows 2019 includes a variety of improvements to features that allow for greater compatibility and integration with other applications and platforms. Improved integrated identity makes Windows authentication easier and more reliable. Improvements have also been made to the base container image download sizes, startup times, and size on disk. The whole container workflow has a faster speed with Windows Server 2019. And managing your containers is now easier than ever with the Windows Admin Center containers extension.
Windows 2019 Support with Cirrus Hosting
With improved functionality and security features, Windows Server 2019 brings increased productivity and safety to Windows web hosting options. When you sign up to host with Cirrus Hosting through VPS or a dedicated server, you get all the powerful features that Windows 2019 has to offer. Our technicians can help you set up your Windows Server settings, so they’re tuned to how you like it. We also offer full, detailed support 24/7.
Cirrus Hosting now Deploying Windows Server 2019. If you want to see for yourself the difference that Windows Server 2019 makes in web hosting, give us a call today at 1.877.624.7787. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about the Windows Server 2019’s new and improved features and get you online and running with them as soon as possible.