Microsoft rolls out Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016

Kit McDonald

Microsoft announced just last month at Ignite 2016 that we’d be seeing the Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 made generally available by the end of the month. Today, they made good on that promise.

As a cloud-ready operating system, the new server has many improvements geared towards ‘bringing the cloud to the masses.’ Migration has been improved and made simpler than before.

With security being of the utmost importance, Windows Server 2016 can lock down multiple layers with protection. Virtual machines can be encrypted with the Shielded Virtual Machines feature and hosts can be pre-approved with the Host Guardian Service. You’ll even be able to isolate applications with built-in Hyper-V containers.

There are three deployment options for the Windows Server 2016: Server Core, Server with Desktop Experience, and the new lightweight Nano Server.

Windows Server 2016 Deployment Options from Microsoft

ZDNet pointed out that an RTM version is available through MSDN, as an Azure image, or with the Volume Licensing Service Center.

Want to dive deeper into the Windows Server 2016? Jeffrey Snover, Jeff Woolsey, and Erin Chapple will be hosting a webcast tomorrow at 9 a.m. PST with the rest of the time. They’ll be showing off the demo and discussing what features were added to Windows Server 2016 and answering questions.