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  • Features in Windows Server 2019
    Time: Feb. 1, 2020

    GUI for Windows Server 2019

    A surprise for many enterprises that started to roll-out the Semi-Annual Channel versins

    of Windows Server 2016 was the lack of a GUI for those releases.  The Semi-Annual

    Channel releases only supported ServerCore (and Nano) GUI-less configurations.  


    With the LTSC release of Windows Server 2019, IT Pros will once again get their desktop

    GUI of Windows Server in addition to the GUI-less ServerCore and Nano releases.





    Project Honolulu

    With the release of Windows Server 2019, Microsoft will formally release their Project

    Honolulu server management tool. Project Honolulu is a central console that allows IT

    pros to easily manage GUI and GUI-less Windows 2019, 2016 and 2012R2 servers in

    their environments. 


    Early adopters have found the simplicity of management that Project Honolulu provides

    by rolling up common tasks such as performance monitoring (PerfMon), server configuration

    and settings tasks, and the management of Windows Services that run on server systems. 

    This makes these tasks easier for administrators to manage on a mix of servers in their environment.





    Improvements in security

    Microsoft has continued to include built-in security functionality to help organizations

    address an “expect breach” model of security management.  Rather than assuming firewalls

    along the perimeter of an enterprise will prevent any and all security compromises, Windows

    Server 2019 assumes servers and applications within the core of a datacenter have already

    been compromised. 


    Windows Server 2019 includes Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP)

    that assess common vectors for security breaches, and automatically blocks and alerts about

    potential malicious attacks.  Users of Windows 10 have received many of the Windows

    Defender ATP features over the past few months. Including  Windows Defender ATP on

    Windows Server 2019 lets them take advantage of data storage, network transport and

    security-integrity components to prevent compromises on Windows Server 2019 systems.





    Smaller, more efficient containers

    Organizations are rapidly minimizing the footprint and overhead of their IT operations

    and eliminating more bloated servers with thinner and more efficient containers. Windows

    Insiders have benefited by achieving higher density of compute to improve overall application

    operations with no additional expenditure in hardware server systems or expansion of hardware capacity.


    Windows Server 2019 has a smaller, leaner ServerCore image that cuts virtual machine overhead

    by 50-80 percent.  When an organization can get the same (or more) functionality in a significantly

    smaller image, the organization is able to lower costs and improve efficiencies in IT investments.


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