Microsoft Changes Feature Update Model for Faster Installation

Microsoft Changes Feature Update Model for Faster Installation

Likewise, compatibility issues are less of a problem now than in the first year or so after the launch of Windows 10, thanks to Microsoft's conscious decision to roll out updates more slowly.

Microsoft has released more information about the new version of Windows Server, including a time-frame for release and a warning on prices. However, Chapple indicated that "it is highly likely we will increase pricing for Windows Server Client Access Licensing (CAL)" with Windows Server 2019.

Thus, with RS4, much of the Windows 10 update would happen in the background reducing the average downtime to 30 minutes while the user is probably busy binge-watching some TV show.

Microsoft plans to provide better integrated management between the public cloud and on-premise Windows servers by using the company's Honolulu project. Windows Server 2016 has seen a great success in customer adoption and it is the fastest adopted version ever!

When I talk to Windows users and IT pros about their experience with Windows 10, the biggest complaint about feature updates is that these events are essentially full Windows upgrades, with all the headaches and booby traps that inevitably accompany upgrades. Significant improvements in Kubernetes are integrated into Server 2019 including improvements to compute, storage, and networking components. Make sure to read the official post for all new features, known issues, and developer notes. The Shielded Virtual Machines capability that's already present in Windows Server 2016 will be extended in the new product to support Linux virtual machines (VMs), in addition to Windows VMs.


Some channel watchers had expressed skepticism that the company would be able to hit a twice-a-year release schedule for Windows Server when Microsoft unveiled this plan last year.

Microsoft is also adding the capability to manage hyperconverged infrastructure deployments using Project Honolulu.

The new server is getting built-in capabilities to use Microsoft security services, such as Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) and Exploit Guard. Microsoft is also adding Encrypted Networks allowing admins to encrypt network segments. One of these aspects is the containers introduced in Server 2016.

Container and converged infrastructure support is also being improved, with the size of a Server Core base container image being reduced from about 5GB to under 2GB, a move that "will reduce download time of the image by 72 percent, further optimizing the development time and performance".

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