Windows Server 2016 includes built-in breach resistance to help thwart attacks on your systems and meet compliance goals. Even if someone finds a way into your environment, the layers of security built into Windows Server 2016 limit the damage they can cause and help detect suspicious activity.
Protect your virtual machines. Use the unique Shielded Virtual Machines feature to encrypt your VMs with BitLocker and help ensure they can run only on hosts approved by the Host Guardian Service.
Help secure admin credentials. Protect admin credentials from Passthe-Hash attacks using Credential Guard and Remote Credential Guard, and control administrator privileges with Just-In-Time Administration and Just Enough Administration, which together help minimize the time and capability granted for specific privileges.
Protect the operating system. Resist breaches with built-in Control Flow Guard, which helps prevent memory corruption attacks, and Windows Defender, optimized for server roles. Help ensure only trusted software can be run on the server with Device Guard.
Improve ability to detect attacks. Use advanced auditing capabilities to help detect malicious behavior.
Isolate applications. Help protect container-based applications with Windows Server containers with Hyper-V isolation, which do not share the host kernel with other containers. Use the distributed firewall, a software-defined networking capability, to control internal and external network traffic to VMs.
“We’re moving towards a world where we don’t need to know where our data is— on-premises or in the cloud. The combination of Storage Spaces Direct, Hyper-V, scale-out flash storage, and SMB3 allows us to focus on functionality rather than location. With Windows Server 2016, migration is no longer a project, just a task.” – Ulf Preisler IT Director Danske Fragtmænd
Evolve your infrastructure
Datacenter operations are struggling to reduce costs while handling more data traffic. New applications stretch the operational fabric and create infrastructure backlogs that can slow business. As organizations push the boundaries of highly virtualized environments, they can use Windows Server 2016 capabilities to meet operational and security challenges, freeing up IT resources to plan a strategy that uses the cloud for future applications and solutions.
Run your datacenter with a highly automated, resilient server operating system.
Trust your workloads to an enterprise-class hypervisor. You can be confident your workloads will perform on Hyper-V, which Microsoft uses to run hyperscale datacenters around the globe. When needed, you also can easily migrate a Hyper-V workload from on-premises to a Windows Server VM in Azure.
Upgrade efficiently. Upgrade infrastructure clusters to Windows Server 2016 with zero downtime for your Hyper-V or Scale-out file server workloads, and without requiring new hardware, using Mixed OS Mode cluster upgrades.
Stay open. Deploy applications on multiple operating systems with best-in-class support for Linux on Hyper-V.
Automate server management. Use PowerShell and Desired State Configuration to automate routine operations.
Control Windows servers remotely. Use PowerShell or GUI solutions such as Server Manager or Microsoft Management Console (MMC) tools.
Affordable high-performance storage
Storage systems are critical to the performance of most business applications. But traditional, expensive, manually configured storage systems can prevent organizations from realizing the efficiency benefits of a software-defined datacenter. In contrast, the Azure-inspired, software-defined storage capabilities in Windows Server 2016 use policies and automation to reduce costs and add scale.
Reduce cost. Build highly available, scalable software-defined storage solutions at a fraction of the price of SAN or NAS. With Storage Spaces Direct, you can use industry-standard servers with local storage, including high speed solid-state drives.
Create affordable business continuity. Prepare for the worst using Storage Replica synchronous storage replication for disaster recovery among datacenters.
Prioritize storage resources. Ensure critical applications receive priority access to storage resources using storage Quality of Service (QoS) policies.
“Most of our application portfolio consists of older legacy applications that are cumbersome to update. By moving these applications into Windows Server containers and embracing a microservices architecture, we can break these big applications apart and update the pieces independently. This will reduce customer downtime and increase business agility.” – Stephen Tarmey Chief Architect Tyco International
Microsoft Course 10969 (Active Directory Service with Windows Server) is designed to help students learn the skills needed to better manage and protect data access and information, simplify deployment and management of your identity infrastructure as well as provide a more secure access to data.
This course will help you build your knowledge and skills when it comes to latest Information Protection technologies with Windows Server 2012 and build core knowledge and cross train into advanced Active Directory technologies.
This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills to configure and manage Internet Information Services. This course is intended to help provide pre-requisite skills supporting a broad range of Internet web applications, security, and knowledge to help support other products that use IIS such as Exchange and SharePoint. In keeping with that goal, this course will not focus on any particular web application or development practice.
Microsoft Course 10967 teaches fundamental knowledge and skills that you will need to build a Windows Server Infrastructure with Windows Server 2012. With this Five day course you'll learn the concepots of networking, security and system administration, installation and configuration, storage network, network infrastructure, network components, network protocols, Active Directory Domain Services, server security, server roles and monitoring server performance to maintain a Windows Network.
This course focuses on the administration tasks necessary to maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure such as configuring and troubleshooting name resolution, user and group management with Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Group Policy, implementing Remote Access solutions such as DirectAccess, VPNs and Web Application Proxy, implementing Network Policies and Network Access Protection, Data Security, deployment and maintenance of server images, as well as update management and monitoring of Windows Server 2012 environments.
This course focuses on advanced configuration of services necessary to deploy, manage and maintain a Windows Server 2012 infrastructure, such as advanced networking services, Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS), Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS), Network Load Balancing, Failover Clustering, business continuity and disaster recovery services as well as access and information provisioning and protection technologies such as Dynamic Access Control (DAC), and Web Application Proxy integration with AD FS and Workplace Join.
This course is part one in a series of two courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to design and implement a Windows Server 2012 R2 infrastructure in an enterprise environment. The two courses collectively cover designing, planning, deploying, securing, monitoring, automating, and virtualizing an enterprise server infrastructure. This course covers the knowledge and skills needed to provide an enterprise solution that supports manual and automated server installations in a physical and virtual environment including the supporting file and storage services. You will also learn the skills necessary to provide enterprise networking solutions such as DHCP, IPAM, VPN, and DirectAccess. You will also learn the skills necessary to design and implement a forest and domain infrastructure including multi domains/forest and branch office scenarios.
This 5-day instructor-led course provides you with the skills and knowledge needed to plan, design, and implement a Windows 8 desktop infrastructure. The course provides guidance on planning and deploying desktops by using several technologies such as User State Migration Tool (USMT), Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT), Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI), and more. Additionally, the course describes how to protect desktops and monitor their health and performance.
This course is part two in a series of two courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to design and implement a Windows Server 2012 R2 infrastructure in an enterprise environment. The two courses collectively cover designing, planning, deploying, securing, monitoring, automating, and virtualizing an enterprise server infrastructure. This course covers the knowledge and skills to plan and implement a highly available, secure infrastructure with focus on Active Directory Federation Service (AD FS), public key infrastructure (PKI), and Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS). You will also learn the skills needed to plan and deploy virtual machines including self-service and automation of virtual machine deployments as well as planning and implementing a monitoring strategy that includes Microsoft System Center 2012 R2-Operations Manager.
In this five-day course, build the skills you need to design, deploy, and manage a physical and virtual Windows Server 2012 application management infrastructure, and focus on using Microsoft System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1). You will also learn to design, deploy, and manage Windows 8 Enterprise applications in a physical and virtual environment and in the cloud. This course is designed for experienced IT professionals who support medium to large enterprises, have previous experience working with operating systems running Windows Server, have their Windows 2012 Server certification (MCSA), and have taken course 20413: Designing and Implementing a Server Infrastructure or have equivalent skills.
This course is part one in a series of three courses that provides the skills and knowledge necessary to implement a core Windows Server 2012 infrastructure in an existing enterprise environment. This course focuses on the initial implementation and configuration of core services, such as Networking, Storage, Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), Group Policy, File and Print Services, and Hyper-V.